The burning question I had about the whole two band/section quandary is what happens to the first costume when you wear the second one the next day? One answer I was given is that costume number one is sold at a discounted price to some hapless masquerader still looking for a costume for Carnival Tuesday. In that way I guess you still get a monetary return on your enjoyment investment. The other question was the most obvious, how does one afford two costumes at the price of costumes these days? Therein lies the power of being a woman; sponsorship. Obviously there are some women who do fork over their own money for two costumes, but then there are those who are actually sponsored a costume by the husband, boyfriend, sugar daddy, the band itself or in one case their boss! Maybe I should start soliciting for a costume for my birthday or Christmas!
Of course I cannot ignore that part of my brain that thinks the whole idea, though exceedingly decadent and exciting, is just too extravagant. Does it really add anything more to the overall Carnival experience to pay for two different costumes, for two different days? I mean really it is still the same band with the same music, food and drinks plus creating Monday wear can be a thrill in itself. Which leads me to the whole enigma of the Two Band H.O which I explored in this post last year and which is personalized my Wendy Fitzwilliam who embodied the whole concept this Carnival playing in both Harts and TRIBE on the SAME day. Apart from Wendy I did meet a real, non celebutante two band H.O. this year; the lady in question played in TRIBE on Monday and Island People on Tuesday and by her accounts had a great time in each band. How fabulous it must be to have two different experiences for Carnival with two diverse bands! The flip side being suppose you enjoy yourself more with one band over the other, are there any regrets? I guess you can always leave the band that is less fun and return to the band that is more fun but that defeats the purpose of playing in two bands doesn't it ?
So I am both excited to see all the costumes for Carnival 2008 (can it be band launching season soon enough?) but part of me also dreads having the headache of making the ONE costume choice! And to add even more complications a new thought just occurred to me, is one frontline worth TWO different costumes? Ah, the choices, the questions the lure of being a H.O for 2008 .!! What do you think, if you could would you?