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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Carnival Accomodation...

Procrastinators still looking for Carnival Accommodation can check out the website Best of Trinidad and Tobago.

I am seeing some places Fully Booked for Carnival, but there are others that seem to be available . When I called the number listed on the website a voice message stated that there are indeed properties still available for Carnival. If interested click on the email link to the bottom of the page and send them an email with as much information as you can regarding the rentals.

Here is a map showing the areas in Port of Spain and environs where rentals are located; the areas of St Anns and Belmont are not shown and I do not believe the map to be to scale, however you can get an idea of where certain places are located in terms of proximity to the Savannah and Port of Spain.

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Keep in mind that several fetes take place in and around Port of Spain/St Clair (Eyes Wide Shut at the Oval), Chaguaramas (Bacchanal Wednesday at Bowen Marine and Insomnia at Mobs2) and Diego Martin (The Vale Breakfast Party). Also the parade route for the most part starts in Woodbrook, heads into Port of Spain, around the Savannah and back to Woodbrook.

The Next Best Thing??

I have gotten several emails over the past few weeks all asking the same thing:

Next yr will be my first opportunity to play mas, ive been lookin at the band websites for the bands listed on ur blog, i see a couple of costumes i live so far from pulse 8, genesis and evolution. are these bands good?(sic)

I will be attending Carnival 2009 for the first time with another female. We started our planning late so therefore most of the good costumes are sold out. Is there a good website to find costumes that people are re-sale? Also is there a way to go to Island People to find out if people haven't paid for their costumes? What advice do you have for me on getting into a good safe band at this point? Your response would be greatly appreciated.

Hi Saucy,
I am really interested in experiencing Trinidad carnival in 2009 and would love to play mas also. I have been following your blog so as to have an idea of what the best mas troupes are but there are sooo many. I am really really confused. It seems that Tribe and Island People, who I have heard so much about, have been sold out for weeks if not months. So I guess my question is for Bikini mas what is the next best thing???

My answer to everyone is basically the same; I do not recommend bands for any masqueraders to play in, I cannot personally vouch for any band except the ones that I have played in and I advise that to make a choice between the bands that are not sold out potential masqueraders should:

1.Decide on a costume they really like. There are still many bands with sections still open and there are some nice costumes in each band for the most part, and I can choose at least one section in every band that I would most likely play in if I were playing with that band.

2.Take into consideration the demographics of the band to get a sense of if that is where you fit in; age, size of the band, social network etc. For established bands it is as easy and looking at past photos of the band on the road for Carnival. However with new bands it might be more difficult to get a sense of what "crowd" they attract as they do not have a history. In that respect you can look at the persons who are on their committee, most times these people have experience with either social networks, parties or had sections in bands previously. If you do get a chance, go to the mas camp and see who else is looking around at the band.. that would give you a sense of who your other masqueraders might be.

3.When you have selected a band try and get reviews from past masqueraders. Friends and family might also be able to give recommendations and you can also read the reviews posted on this blog from masqueraders who have played with various bands; there are reviews of Pulse 8, Harts, Island People and D Krewe in the archives. I also recommend joining the band's Facebook group (if they have one) you can usually get some candid commentary on masquerader's experiences there as well. Word of mouth is the best recommendation you can get in my book.

A lot of talk about Carnival bands in Trinidad center around TRIBE and Island People, testament to their popularity is that both bands are now sold out. If you are hell bent on getting into these bands the options are staking out Carnival Junction, Trini Jungle Juice Classifieds and Trinidad Carnival Diary Forum for costumes being resold, albeit at a usually inflated price. You can also put your name on a waiting list at the mas camp or through individual designers like Sonia Mack for example and finally wait until Carnival Saturday/Sunday when costumes that are not paid off/collected post registration are sold. Chances are lots of other people will be also doing the same thing and the costumes do not sell at a discount for the popular bands!!!

These are a list of the bands that still have sections open:

Dream Team
Brian Mc Farlane
Image Nation
Pulse 8
Ronnie & Caro
Trevor Wallace
Trini Revellers
Wee International
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