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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Island People and TRIBE update.

TRIBE is now closed for registration; no word on if Bat eventually sold out or not, but that is it for TRIBE. If you are still looking for costumes, check Carnival Junction, LOTS of TRIBE costumes for sale or barter. Guess the cost of the costumes finally resonated with some people, either that or they cannot get flights to Trinidad for a reasonable price; I am hearing from Trinidad to Barbados it is now $800.00US for Carnival week! Madness I tell you.

Island People still has a few costumes available in the following sections: Nubians, Mirage and Jewel of the Nile, that's right the section that sold out first! Apparently people are selling off costumes so Jewel of the Nile is back on the market. I was also informed that there might be a few costumes available for sale in other sections as well, however, you need to go to the mas camp, get measured and see if they have your size in costumes for sale.

Now doesn't that just give hope to all those still placing ad's on Carnival Junction for "costume wanted"?

Blogging Babies

When I started this blog back in August of last year I was quite happy to see other Carnival Babies join in documenting their Carnival experience. As much as I enjoy writing my own blog I also love reading the other blogs as well.

As a fellow blogger living in Trinidad, Carnival Jumbie amuses me to no end with her witty accounts of the social scene which started from September 2006 to date. In between the commentary are her beauty tips, philosophical thoughts and Carnival advice.

The overseas bloggers like Shandy, Buublenut,Caisoqueen, MASSASSINATION and Bagogyul started blogging around the same time Trinidad Carnival Diary was born, it was quite inspirational to read Shandy's determination to work out from months aback as well as Bagogyul's often humorous posts about her longing for Carnival to come soon! Caisoqueen's blog is another one of my favourites as she has written some very insightful articles and I enjoy looking at the many photos she has posted of her enjoying herself in some fete. Buublenut is funny as hell, it is quite refreshing to read about Carnival from a "non Trini's" perspective, I especially like to read about her cravings for coco crisp and fruta. Massassination is a blog to note and his focus is on Carnival beyond Trinidad and Tobago.

October and November saw more blogs emerging, with Everything Carnival a blog from a young masquerader's perspective and Gay Trinidad Carnival which gave tidbits and updates about the author's favourite bands, songs and parties.

Then there are the blogs that are a mixture of personal musings as well as Carnival preparations, like Icahwait's "This is a Trinidad Ting", Trini Gazette , Mocagyrl and Triniqueen who have all been blogging consistently since late last year about many topics other than Carnival, always giving an interesting read.

I also enjoy reading blogs that have absolutely nothing to do with Carnival but written by Trinis all the same, Manicou Report is a delightful commentary on the happenings in Trinidad and Tobago and Trini to de Bone is the saga of her life in "foreign".

One of the best blogs I have read is Brian Won Wong which is a testament to his dedication to his J'ouvert band Mas Jumbies. If you follow the blog from it's inception in August to date, it is almost like being privy to what goes on behing the scenes in this "labour of love".

New bloggers have emerged in the new year, Trini by Injection is blogging in full force! Her blog has been very enjoyable as I witness her Carnival preparations and Afro Chic's "The Fete Chronicles" is a much needed blog solely decicted to Fete reviews, well at least all the fetes that she has gone to so far in the season.

One blogger has been writing since I started my blog is the always enjoyable Hottie Hottie who curiously has not written a thing since last month! I am quite concerned about her and Kevian, who writes the blog "Carnival for Tea, Breakfast and Dinner" another blog with some very insightful topics, if anyone knows or has heard from either of these bloggers please let me know if everything is okay with them.

So to all the blogging babies who have kept me company, provided humour and insightful interesting reads, thanks for doing what you do! I don't think the experience would have been the same if it were not for all of us Carnival bloggers sharing a bit of ourselves with those who are interested in what we have to say.

After Carnival comes and goes, I hope all of you bloggers will continue writing and I look forward to more topics, more fun reads and even more blogs emerging for Carnival 2008!

Parade Map

For all those who asked here is a map of the parade route and a detailed layout of the Savannah Parade Area. Note that the parade route to Piccaddily is highlighted in green and not part of the main parade route in red which indicates to me that it's optional. Click ON the maps for an enlarged view that you can save and print.

Last Thursday I took photos of the area below, and you can take a look at them in my "Carnival Preparations" post where I have photos of the key areas such as V.I.P., enclosure, Judges area, Police Post and bleachers 1792.
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