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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Island Elite Mas.... what happened?


Ok, so I have been unsuccessfully scouring the internet looking for any information on Island Elite Mas who basically dropped out of Miami Carnival, leaving those registered for their 2007 band "Into the West" in a quandary as the big parade is this up coming weekend.

According to one of their potential masqueraders although she and her friends were refunded monies paid no explanation was given as to why the band is no more. Personally I would have been pissed at these new developments after having my heart set on a particular costume in a certain band. Hopefully those displaced masqueraders can be accommodated elsewhere at this late stage. If someone can shed light on these new developments let me know!


EDITED TO ADD:
Any displaced Island Elite masquerader still looking for costumes call Fran at 954-258-5567 to see if there are costumes available in Generation X.

Harts has done it again!

Every year without fail after a few sections have sold out Harts springs a surprise with a "new" section! This year they have only now debuted Price of Egypt and Queen of Sheba.. I am LOVING Prince of Egypt female!

Now this makes it a total of 21 sections , with Shark Tale scrapped, and according to the revamped website "LOOK OUT FOR NEW SECTIONS COMING SOON".

Prince of Egypt


Queen of Sheba

Genesis Website is Up!!

Finally, the website is up which means I can put a name to the 7 sections that were shown at the launch and from the labels such as "Fairies" and "Witches & Centaurs" Genesis is also doing a whimsical myths and magic theme with their 2008 portrayal "Tales"! On a side note it is interesting how several bands this year are doing similar themes and even have costumes with the same section names.

I digress, let me get back to the costumes... Genesis, Genesis, Genesis.... I do not even know where to begin! Firstly they totally desecrated one of my favourite theatre productions of all time, Phantom of the Opera, by making the male costume ludicrous!!

Phantom of the Opera


It is SO easy to replicate the distinctive Phantom mask that this garish green goblin gas mask is just infantile! This gets the worst male costume of Carnival 2008 for me !In fact many of the male costumes look like campy Halloween costume that one can purchase online. The only male section that looks halfway decent is the Centaur VIP section (Lord alone knows what the VIP entails) where it looks as if the male costume will be airbrushed!

The female costumes are certainly remarkable; I will give them that the majority are quite unique and one cannot say that they look like anything else out there, Genesis is in a league of their own. The "White Witch" looks as if she regurgitated Island People's Polar Bear, yet it is one of the better female costumes! Some of the frontlines are missing from the website, such as Mermaid, Snow Witch and Fairies, hopefully they are getting a makeover in the interim. My favourite female costume of the lot is Pocahontas, but with prices of between $2495.00 and $3500.00 for female costumes the pricing is not competitive. Sorry to be blunt but there are other bands with superior costumes, in terms of design and construction, for less money! In a year with so many new bands offering masqueraders costume choices galore this is the time to up the ante folks, not drop the ball!

White Witch


Pocahontas

Jumbie Gear

Mas Jumbies has added more gear for masqueraders and feters alike to purchase with the fete bag and fete pouch.

FETE BAG


FETE POUCH


The fete bag can easily hold a flask of rum or camera at a size of 6"H X 5"W, and is made of a quilted fabric emblazoned with the Mas Jumbies Logo. The pouch is ideal for stashing your cell phone, keys or vex money and is made from cotton twill at a size of 5"H X 2 1/2"W. The prices are US$5.00/TT$30.00 (pouch) and US$10.00/TT$60.00 (bag) and both items will retail soon on the Mas Jumbies Website. More details of the construction and photos of both the pouch and bag can be had at the Mas Jumbies Blog.

Though the bags are marketed as "fete bags" I can see them coming in quite handy on the road as well, a perfect complement to your Mas Jumbies j'ouvert costume! Now all they have to do is make them in different colours to match jab rouge, jab jaune and jab bleu!
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