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Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday Question Time

The bandleader is back from hiatus and is open to another round of questions so leave your questions as a comment below or email them at


Saucy aka "The Sauce" said...

quiksilver said...

saucy, i had a long question for the bandleader but i going to post it anyway.

you might very well be qualified to answr it, but if not it can be re-posted when the bandleader returns from his/her 'sojurn'.

here goes:

Dear Bandleader

I am curious to find out about the arrangements that bands make for rest-stops on Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

Many bands have traditional rest stops that they use year after year. I am only familiar with two bands, Harts and TRIBE so I can only comment on these.

In the case of HARTS (non-inclusive), the band traditionally stops at the square in Newtown. There are usually vendors at that location and public toilets, but as far as I know, these are public areas and not affiliated in any way with the band. All food and drink from the band comes from the respective carts – nothing is set-up in the square. I’m guessing therefore that Harts does not pay a fee to stop at that location.
In the case of TRIBE (all-inclusive), the band usually sets up food and drink tents and bathrooms at Jackson Square. I would imagine in this case that the band has some sort of contractual relationship with the Port-of-Spain City Corporation for the use of the square in this manner.

With more and more new bands every year and limited spaces for this purpose, how do the bands pick where to stop for lunch? Is this decided at a meeting with the bandleaders or the NCC?

Do the other all-inclusive bands have a similar arrangement as TRIBE where they have tents set-up in a particular location? I would imagine that the POSCC and other private grounds acquire a lot of revenue for such use.

Additionally, what arrangements are made for the clean-up of these areas? In the case of Harts and other bands of its type, I would imagine that the band does not bear any responsibility for the clean-up of the square, but in the case of TRIBE and other all-inclusive bands I would imagine that clean-up would be included in the contract and the responsibility may fall on either party.

Please shed some light on this.
10:41 AM

astro said...

I am sure that out of the entire band a few people here and there will default on payment of their reserved costume. As a foreigner, how would I go about trying to get one of those from tribe?

Voluptuous Masquerader said...

Dear Bandleader

I am writing to ask about bras.

How do bandleaders go about purchasing bras that lie go above the standard A-DD cup range range?

Do bands just try to find the cheapest "big bra" they can get their hands on?

Or do they take into consideration that a masquerader who is that well endowed may need different kind of bra?

Because of the weight of large breast, a wider back strap that does not ride up is essential. Wider, more supportive shoulder straps that do not twist and dig into the shoulders, and preferably that are adjustable to give "lift" for those who may need a little more.

Depending on the on the woman, under wires can sometimes be a no no, as the weight of the breasts pushes the wire down into the ribcage which can be murder, and leave bruising and painful fabric burns along the rib cage area.

Lastly, do you think bands should offer the option of a masquerader sending their own bra to be decorated?

This could be a win win situation, as the band does not have the hassle of looking for a "big bra" or a complaining uncomfortable customer, and the masquerader can provide their own bra ensuring custom fit, and therefore maximum support and comfort on the road.

For the large breasted women, a well fitting bra can be the difference between a joyful carnival experience or a painful nightmare on the road.

Thank you in advance for your answers and opinions.


Trinibears said...

We all Know that bands can't afford to pay the throngs of people that do menial tasks...

I Would Like to ask How does one get involved in Mas making, ie How to Volunteer time to a band?

Saucy aka "The Sauce" said...

astro this band leader cannot answer any TRIBE affiliated questions only general MAS/Carnival questions.

Curlylocz said...
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Curlylocz said...

Hi BL,

How do you handle requests from overseas celebrities or Trinidians with status regarding them wanting to play in your band? Do you receive requests way in advance of carnival or do you just accommodate them as you get them? I ask this because it then becomes an issue of extra security and other masqueraders playing in the same section, and whether it takes away from their carnival experience on the road. Thanks!

boobs said...

As an up and coming designer how does an individual get involved in designing a section for a band? what are the bandleaders looking for in a designer for a bandleader to give someone a chance to bring out a section in there band?
also why would a bandleader let a designer design a section in there band after this same designer has a section in another band and both costumes look extremely similar when would the bandleader put there foot down because as a bandleader you wouldn't want another band looking similar to yours what's your take.

carnivalkris said...

are you satisfied with the direction that some bands are following with regards to male costumes?. I honestly think that more time should be out into designing some of them(most of them)

keyshia said...

what os the difference between desiging for a band and having a section in a band?

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