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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Island People's Kuchela....

Is this Island People's theme for 2010?



Rumor also has it that Spice is going Asian as well, following the "Spice Route" for Carnival next year and that TRIBE may be heading out of this world into the final frontier..... I cannot wait to see what the bands have in store.

Band launching season starts in 4 months!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Trinidad Carnival 2009 Photos and Video!

Carnivalscene has a Gallery up with TRIBE Monday pics.

Trinisoca has photos from Carnival Tuesday.

Izatrini has a Flickr Gallery of photos on the road with TRIBE.

Toronto Lime has photos up from Carnival Monday and Tuesday and also a VERY nice video compilation of the bands crossing the Savannah stage in their Carnival 360. The video can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

I think I saw EVERYONE I know in that video!!

Send in Your Reviews!

Was your Carnival experience good, so-so, great or not so great? I want to hear all about it!

So send your reviews of the bands you played in, fetes you went to or even the services you used for Carnival (makeup, airbrush etc).

Photos are welcomed too!

email:trinidadcarnivaldiary@gmail.com





















Carnival Results

The following list of Carnival 2009 winners is compiled from the National Carnival Commission:

· Road march was won by Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez for “Meet Super Blue” played 410 times, with Destra Garcia following with Bacchanal being played 76 times.

List of Carnival Band winners for 2009

Children’s Bands:

Mini Jr. Band of the Year- Sunny – Rosemary Perkins

Small Jr. Band of the Year – The Rainbow Cycle – Spence Productions

Medium Jr. Band of the year – Heighten – Classic Productions

Large Jr. Band of the Year – National Pride – Rosalind Gabriel and associates

Adult Bands:

Monday Queen of the band – First Lady of the Chinese Court – Pamela Gordon

Monday King of the band – Apollo’s Lust – Curtis Eustace

Queen’s Park Savannah and Downtown:

Monday Mini Band of the day – Red Indian Days – Henry Ramdin and associates

Monday Large Band of the day – Africa, Her people, Her Glory, Her tears – Brain MacFarlane

Q.P.S. Monday Small Band of the Day: tribute to a Fallen Warrior

Q.P.S. Monday Medium Band of the Day: Trinidad All Stars

Q.P.S. Monday Large Band of the Day: Razzle Dazzle - Starlift

Tuesday Band of the Year:

Mini Band of the Year- Red Indian days – Henry Ramdin and Associates

Small band of the Year – Empires of the Sun – D’Midas

Medium band of the Year – Bacchanal – Ronnie and Caro Mas Band

Large band of the Year – George bailey Award – Africa, her people, her glory, her tears – Brian MacFarlane and Associates – 1378 points

Calypso Results Dimanche Gras 2009

1. Dr Hollis Liverpool – Chalkdust – My Hart and I

2. Joanne Rowley –Tigress – You Ent See Wajang Yet

3. Winston Scarborough (D’ Original De Fosto Himself)- Could We Rise Again

4. Brian London – A Nation’s Son

5. Kizzie Ruiz – Calss Language

6. Sandra Des Vignes Millington – Singing Sandra – Ghetto of your Mind

9. Winston Peters – Gypsy- Supply and Demand

9. Ann Marie Parks Cudjoe- Twiggy- One For Obama

9. Michael Osouna (Sugar Aloes) – Obama the First

10. Karen Asche – Babylon

11. Dexter Parsons (The Stinger) – Our Environmental Engineers

12. Carlos James (Skatie) – On Solid Ground

13. Weston Rawlins (Cro Cro) – Ah Feeling Shame

13. Anthony Hendrickson (All Rounder) – Help Your Children First

15. Mark John (Contender) – Yuh Cyar Buy One
16. Errol Ballantyne (Bally) – Amigo

MERRY MONARCH

Queen of carnival

1. Kadaffi Rommey – Manzandaba in Flight

2. Tamara Alleyne Gittens – Fairy Dust

3. Pamela Gordon – First Lady of the Chinese Court

4. Lisa Peters – layd Shanghai

6. Joan Mohammed – Madam Hypnotist

6. Gloria Dallsingh – Vision of D’Sea

7. Leslie Ann Boisselle – A Musical Ensemble – Pan and Brass

8. Lenore Caterson – The Scared Bird in the Kingdom of the Dragon

9. Rennee Joseph – Mama Bois

King of carnival

1. Stephen Alexis – Ndlovu In Search

2. Curtis Eustace – Apollo’s Lust

3. Glen Turnbull – Flight of D’ Golden Sun Lord

4. Wade Madray- The Way of Zen

5. Roland St George – Yacahu, Atiba’s son

6. Aaron Kalicharan – Spirit of the Ocean

7. Faried Carvalho – Vagas Jumbie

8. Lionel Jagessar Jr- Torngasak – Ultimate Drummer of the Woodlands

9. Leroy Prieto – Onaga

10. Theophilus Simmons – Legend of the Chinese Dragon.

Large Bands Panorama Final Results

1st Silver Stars 469
2nd Phase II Pan Grove 468
3rd Trinidad All Stars 460
4th Desperadoes 458
5th Renegades 457
6th Exodus 456
7th Siparia Deltones 450.5
8th Redemption Sound Setters 442

Thursday, February 26, 2009

TRIBE Carnival 2009 Review

My preparations for Carnival 2009 began on Ash Wednesday of 2008, leading up to the big day in 2009 with an entire year of excitement and expectation; I have never been as prepared for a Carnival as I was for 2009 and I can safely say it was one of my best ever.

I absolutely loved my costume this year; it was the BEST costume I have ever worn, kudos to the designer Monique Nobrega whose sections I have always played in from inception. However, the costume was not without some issues. First off after collecting my costume I had to do my own adjustments on the craftsmanship of the tail, which was not all to my liking. I sat down with a glue gun and redid some of the extended feathers adding more to mine, as even though it was full there should have been longer bonnet feathers to the back. I also added gems to mine for an extra special touch.

The main change I made was in how the tail actually stayed on your body. Originally the tail came with two pieces of satin ribbon that was meant to be tied around the waist under the belt and that simply was not working for me. After tying the ribbon it looked messy and did not stay put at all. So, I got the brilliant idea to add velcro to the ribbon so I could then wear it as a belt (I cut off the excess after I velcroed it). I also added velcro to the waistband so everything lined up properly and then secured everything with stitch on the sewing machine; it was the most ingenious thing ever (pats self on back) as my tail stayed in place perfectly! My handiwork had to also come into play on my foot pieces as I got two LEFT sides when I collected my costume! That meant having to switch around the right side by taking apart all the decorations and re doing them in the right direction… by myself!

I was most annoyed with the error on the footpieces, which I did not discover until I was actually in the process of decorating the boots so there was no chance of me taking it back to get it corrected. Also they skimped on the number of bonnet feathers on the footpieces as well; there were supposed to be NINE and we only got TWO!!!!!!! Listen, I paid for NINE (as per the prototype) and I wanted my NINE. As I told someone, if I showed up at TRIBE to collect my costume with $9.00 short they were not giving me my costume. Therefore if we masqueraders paid for a certain amount of beads or feathers or decoration on our costume we should get it!

Those were my only complaints with the costume, other than that it was gorgeous and everyone in my section did look as if they got what was advertised for the most part. I must take some time to give HUGE thanks and KUDOS to Richard and Anthony who worked with me on customizing my costume to my personal specifications. And before anyone wanted to know how come I got something “special” I called TRIBE from the get go and asked if I could add extras to my costume and they obliged. Other people in different sections also got special customization as well; there was a wire bra and a collar in Caged Canary for example.

So after a great day on the road Monday, Tuesday started for me super early as I was up since before 3AM to get to my makeup appointment for 5AM. This year I chose to go with the very talented Kirk Thomas (full review to come later) and he was worth every cent I paid! He did an awesome job on me as well as the other four girls who were in my group; one also made the Newspapers yesterday!!


Once the makeup was done I was glad I had chosen an early appointment as we got parking very easy in the Savannah and just strolled down Stanmore Avenue to meet the band which was just pulling off. The breakfast trucks were serving doubles, bake and something, also fruit. The band moved along Tragerete Road and turned unto Park Street, now I had heard a few weeks ago that TRIBE was not going downtown and at first I was thinking that downtown “stage” was one of the better experiences however I understood the need to avoid the jam we were in last year so I welcomed the change. It was still relatively early for some when we met the band and as we needed to get to the front I ended up walking the entire length from the back and it was huge but not uncontrollable at that point.

On a side note on Monday my husband got a FEMALE ID band and did not realize that until he was about to put it on that morning. Slight panic when we realized TRIBE’s error but a few phone calls later and it situation was resolved, we were to collect his correct band from one of the Road Managers who made sure and checked that I was wearing mine and took back the wrong band as well.

There was no lengthy wait to get from Stanmore to the Savannah, I think the only time we stopped for a while was when rain started and masqueraders took shelter under the gas station on Charlotte Street.



Other than that we had a smooth chip all the way to the Savannah, so much so that I had to race forward to meet my section. After all the complaints about TRIBE crossing the Savannah as a jumbled mess in 2008 security was VERY adept in making sure that the sections stayed in their correct order and that they were kept from racing unto the stage ahead of time. Being frontline we were allowed to cross first and crossing with the best truck in the band we had a BALL!!! That judging point made up for not going downtown. All that was missing was a ramp and an elevation so that we could feel as if we were on stage but it was much better than last year overall, even if my section was not first!


The agenda after crossing was to head to lunch, again last year there were major complaints about getting lunch late so we were quite pleased to show up at the lunch stop and it was early!!! I was able to get a nice spot on the Heineken mat under an umbrella for me and my friends as well as I secured some blankets for those who had to sit on the grass. We were so early that the lunch was not even being served as yet but soon enough they started. One advantage to getting to the lunch stop early is getting clean toilets without the lineup! The menu looked the same as Monday but the actual lunch was different, I love Kibbi so I went with the international, one complaint is that the rice was too dry.



While having lunch is when we were rained on… twice! The first downpour was not so bad, it was over and the sun peeked out before the bulk of people arrived at the lunch stop. It was the second downpour that seemed as if it was not going to stop and brought with it chilling rain to the bone! Now we were under a Heineken umbrella but there were people taking shelter under he food tent, trees, blankets and even plastic! I saw some masqueraders with a shower cap on and even one with an umbrella! Eventually the rain stopped and we were all hoping that the sun would come out and no more rain for the rest of the day! Many headpieces were ruined and lots of droopy wet feathers were walking around. By the end of the day most had plumped back up. For me my tail was safely stashed away in a car at lunch and my headpiece was fully waterproofed along with every feathered part of my costume (including said tail). Fletch dry works excellent but cannot stand up to extended periods of constant rain!

Soon after the rain stopped we were back on the road again, perfect timing. Let me tell you we started off at the back of the band and made our way forward and the size of TRIBE was felt going down that street by the Oval where we were just swamped with people! Listen, there is no way that was 5000 people and no way that TRIBE cut down on numbers!! The band was as big as last year and for the most part I did not feel as crowded however at certain areas and by certain DJ trucks it seemed as if 3000 people were jammed in right there. By the Oval was a jam session (people please use the lunch stop as an opportunity to make use of the wet wipes and deodorant provided) with some smelly people, I had to get out from behind the rope and move to the sidewalk. Navigating through with huge headpiece meant lots of people got a mouthful of feathers; if you see the massive headpiece coming GET OUT THE WAY! My friend went through all the jam with her back pack on, and people were slapped in their faces so many times it was too funny.

Another tight spot was as we turned by Synergy but I learned from early on to speed up and get in front the truck before they turned. I also kept moving so that I avoided areas that were too crowded and jumped on the sidewalk or walked ahead closer to truck # 2 or bar #2. Truck #3 was my section truck and every other section wanted to be by THAT truck! I also heard the same thing happened with the other popular trucks as well; everyone was jammed in that area. The size of the band really, REALLY needs to be taken into consideration and numbers reduced for 2010, I don’t care who wants to get in TRIBE tell them NO.

The rope pullers were the hardest working people on the road, they tried their best to keep out the stormers who were probably listening to the live feed on 96.7FM and decided to come down and join TRIBE! Way too much attention! Security was also working hard; there was the regular security and the mean looking SPU who were scanning hands for ID bands. But curious enough many plain clothes people had ID bands IN the band! Rumour has it that fake ID bands were sold for $600.00TT! As for security chucking masqueraders out their wrong section, it did not happen with me but Carnival Jumbie has a rant on that subject and one of the other bloggers also said that security personnel physically ordered him out of a section he was not supposed to be in before crossing the Savannah. That type of “manhandling” is cause for some serious issues and I hope TRIBE gives the staff some training for 2010 on how to treat the PAYING masquerader before someone who gets jostled slaps them with a law suit. On another note security did want to call SPU for a stormer who I had to accost for wanting to push through and damage my headpiece, so they were working extra hard to keep order. For the most part the sheer size of TRIBE was mostly costumed masqueraders!

The best jump up for the day for me was on Ariapita Avenue where we crossed the Synergy Stage (after eating copious amounts of Pizza) and Richmond Street heading back up Tragetere Road as I had enough space where I was to jump up and get on bad! Also by that time a full afternoon of Johnny Walker and Coconut Water had taken effect and I was having a time! Please note TRIBE that some bar folks were telling people only one drink at a time when some bars were super crowded. Again I hardly made trips to the bar (thanks to the hubby and the people I was liming with) but when I did I avoided the bars with a mob of people and walked forward to bar #2! I also heard complaints that the bar was too high, and in retrospect I can see how this is a valid complaint for people under a certain height as I am tall and I had to stretch to give the bar folks my cup.



Contrary to reports out there TRIBE did not end at 5:00PM, I was at Truck #3 and we made it back to Stanmore Avenue at around 6:45PM with the rest of the band still on Tragerete Road. My Carnival ended, as it does each year at around 7:00PM (I don’t stick around in Port of Spain very late) however many people did enjoy the after party at Jenny’s Car Park and kudos to TRIBE for that move.

Overall, this was the BEST Carnival in a long time, in spite of the rain, in spite of the sheer numbers of people and in spite of the costume glitches. My costume and the friends that were with me Monday and Tuesday really added to that feeling as well. I was happy to see that many of the issues masqueraders had last year were addressed this year with new measures put in place to avoid the congestion. The one thing TRIBE failed to deal with was the SIZE of the band; everyone simply CANNOT play in the band! So, my letter to TRIBE will be penned soon to address those concerns.

In the meantime let me thank everyone who made this Carnival special to me:

Richard and Anthony – thank you for your fabulous job on my costume! You guys are truly talented, that Blue Tanager individual was just phenomenal and I hope you guys stick around for 2010. Also thanks for putting up with my crazy ideas and the number of times I harassed you guys on when it came to working on my costume to give it that extra special touch.



Solange Shaw Gopaul (designer of Caged Canary) – Thanks for allowing me to be one of the Canaries on Monday! I had a great time and loved your section; looking forward to your designs for 2010 I already have a list of people waiting with baited breath to see what you come with, including me!


Kirk Thomas – Thank you for the fabulous job on the makeup .I walked in a downtown girl and walked out an uptown diva! And I know that giving you special mention will mean you are booked solid in 2010 but please note I have already secured my space ladies!

Cbee- Thanks for tracking down my Victoria Secrets bra and also for the copious amounts of Fletch Dry Powder that saved my costume!

Trinprincess – Thanks for braving the cold to go downtown New York and trekking through the fashion district to secure my bling! I was all accessorized (down to my bag) thanks to you!

Aissa – Thanks for taking me by granny for the Diva redo! You saved me from walking around with a horrid run in my stockings and gave me a spot to refresh and recharge!

And finally Thanks to Monique Nobrega for a GORGEOUS costume and for switching my section when I bitched about the line up and all the staff at TRIBE who I had to deal with that helped me out in which ever way to make sure my Carnival was awesome! See you in 2010!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Carnival Comments & Assessment

This very well thought out and written observation of Carnival 2009, the bands and their impact was sent to me by a reader; I appreciate these types of comments as I cannot be everywhere during Carnival and it is nice to get a perspective of what it is like in other bands.

Interesting topic for discussion after you read it is,Who will survive and what's in store for 2010?


I did not play mas this year so I had a lot of time to move around and observe various bands. Got tons of pictures and video. Anyway I just thought I'd share my assessment with you:

TRIBE
-Visited this band on Ariapita avenue on Monday and at their restpot on Tuesday and rejoined the band again on Ariapita Avenue later on.
Very organized in all aspects. Everything from A-Z was well planned out and executed.
-The only thing I could fault would be the restspot which is evidently too small for that size of band.
-Kudos for the last lap at Jenny's car park.
-Tribe should be commended. They continue to set a very high standard and once they keep it up they will undoubtedly be a very hard act to follow. Not impossible b ut hard.

ELEMENTS
-Visited on Tuesday at their restspot.
-Very small. Had about 300-400 masqueraders maximum.
-Their masqueraders consisted of a lot of socially well known people and everyone seemed to be having a great time. The general mood of everyone was very upbeat and the persons who I spoke to all said they were having a fantastic time, rain and all.
-1 bar truck, well designed and two music trucks. This worked well for them in that it compressed their numbers so at first glance it did not look so sparse.
-1 on the road grill truck
-1 mobile toilet truck, with 5 toilets.
-Did not observe an ambulance or airconditioned rest truck.
-Rest spot and pampering center was the carpark opposite the Canadian embassy near to Trotters. Well laid out. Small, but worked well for their limited numbers.

SPICE
-Visited Monday and Tuesday.
-Also very small. Had about 400 -500 masqueraders maximum.
-Paprika and Sea Salt seemed to have had the best turnout.
-Very diverse crowd but for some reason people did not seem energized and enthusiastic.
-The persons I spoke to said they were having a good time and the persons I knew that played with the band told me today that it was great.
-3 music trucks and 3 bar trucks.
-However, the decision to use 3 music trucks with those numbers was a very bad one as it spread the small numbers and made the band look very sparse. The result was that the band looked empty on Monday and very sparse on Tuesday. This might explain why some people were saying that Elements was small but had more people than Spice.
-Extraction team was good.
-Rope and other security could have been better.
- Ambulance and aircondition bus were present.
-Bar design and signage was very poor. To reach a drink comfortably you had to be nearly 6 feet tall and I am not exaggerating.
-Rest spot was okay. The band has the best restspot but the potential was not capitalized on. There were no frills just basic tents and a few tables and chairs.
-Food was good on Tuesday. However, although there were several advertised selections - barbeque, creole etc, there was only one actual choice on Tuesday.

KAOTIC
-Checked this band on Monday at Cipriani Boulevard
-Only saw a handful of masqueraders and I literally mean a handful.

EVOLUTION
-Visited this band on Tuesday
-Good turnout
-Bar trucks well designed.
-Band seems organised

I also visited RONNIE & CARO, TRINI REVELLERS and a few others but did not catch up with IP.

2010 will indeed be very interesting as many of the new bands would have definitely absorbed huge losses.

Based on what I observed from the turnout and what I know of the cost structure, Elements and Kaotic will have to absorb losses somewhere between $500k and 1M and Spice, between 1M and 1.5M. With those losses and a very bleak economic outlook for 2010 it will be interesting to see who survives into 2010 and for that matter beyond.

Carnival Tuesday Photos..

Carnival 2009 has come and gone but the memories will last for a loooong time! I had a BLAST, rain and all (I did waterproof my feathers) and I LOVED my costume; best costume I have ever worn in my life!

Here are some photo of the Carnival Tuesday 2009:

http://s93.photobucket.com/albums/l45/trinicarnivaldiary/Carnival%202009/


Most are of TRIBE but there are also some of Wee International, Masquerade and some other individuals... enjoy!

Review to come later.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

It's Carnival!!!!!

You are probably wondering why on earth I am up at 3:00AM right? Well, I leave home in an HOUR to get my makeup done at 5:30am so I am getting everything organized before I leave home. I am so ready, if I was anymore ready it would be Carnival 2010!

So, yesterday on the road was nice! The band is once again MASSIVE, we were at times in the front and back of TRIBE and it just felt like masses of people. Not too bad yesterday as the band did keep moving, however expect the numbers to increase today.

The President Max Richards and entourage were on the road in full force, so too were the other Government Ministers; of course getting to the front of the band through the entourage proved to be trying for some masqueraders as they were told to go AROUND the President and his security team.

Popular choice for Road March from masqueraders is "Tusty" by Blaxx, this was the song masqueraders demanded when crossing the stage, however the Soca Mafia has already decided that we are crossing to Faye Ann Lyons "Meet Superblue"!. Destra was trying to rally support for "Bacchanal" as she made a guest appearance on the Red 96.7 truck..it was hilarious that soon as she performed the D.J.s launched into... "Meet Superblue"!

And finally, although I awoke to brilliant sunshine yesterday I arrived into Port of Spain to meet the band under rain clouds. As we parked it sprinkled and then the sun played hide and seek until we reached the Savannah where the rains came and wet us down! The rain just amped everyone up for crossing the "stage"however the sun came out in full blast later . The only other time we got a slight sprinkle was at lunch. Kudos to TRIBE for doing umbrellas and tents with a proper plastic area on the ground on the lunch stop so no one had to sit on the soggy ground (in the event that the ground was soggy).

So, as I go back to my preparations I wish everyone a SAFE and enjoyable Carnival. If you want to see streaming Carnival Action check out the folks at Ctnt World by clicking HERE.

Also, to masqueraders, this is the Whe De Band information that so many of you were looking for yesterday:


TRIBE ASSEMBLY POINT ON TUESDAY CHANGED.

PLEASE NOTE TRIBE's MEETING POINT ON BOTH MONDAY AND TUESDAY IS AT STANMORE AVENUE!!


The website is updated with this information, for those of us who collected early you were given information that meeting on Tuesday is HAYES Street... THIS HAS BEEN CHANGED.

PARADE STARTING POINT

CARNIVAL MONDAY: STANMORE AVE. START 10:30AM

CARNIVAL TUESDAY : STANMORE AVE. START 7:30AM


Monday, February 23, 2009

TRIBE Monday Pics!

See you on the road!!

Have a safe Carnival Monday folks!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Final Preps.

I woke up this morning thinking that today is Carnival Monday... can you tell I am excited or maybe it is a lack of sleep or disorientation but it quickly dawned on me that it was actually Carnival SUNDAY! So as I spend yet another day getting last minute items and doing final preparations (does it seem like you can never finish getting stuff?) here is my list of things you may want to do before the big day:


1. If your costume has rhinestones that may snag your mas stockings, coat the back and front of the rhinestones with clear nail polish. Also look for jagged raised ends of the prongs holding the stones and squeeze them back into place. Coating other parts of the costume, such as the chains on Caged Canary will also prevent it from turning colour when coming in contact with sweat or water.

2. Fletch Dry your costume. To do this use a small brush, dip into the fletch dry powder then coat your feathers. This method works best on bras, belts and other small feather areas. Depending on the size of your headpiece you can simply put it in a bag with the powder and shake. It is a bit too late to order fletch dry now and NO it is not sold in Trinidad. The other alternative may be a Sail Waterproofing Spray sold at Peakes; one blogger swore that this worked very well on her costume.

3. Do a test run wearing your costume complete with tights and boots. This way you will know if your tights are comfortable, your costume fits properly and your boots are wearable. Also this will help you determine if you need any adjustments. All the partying can either cause you to lose or gain a few pounds. Samaroos is open today until 10PM in the event you need some last minute supplies.

4. Give your costume a good look over, check for missing beads, stones or any items that may have come lose. I know that you really should not be hot gluing missing decoration at this stage if the costume was constructed properly but sometimes it is a necessary evil! Also, make sure you are given the correct pieces of your costume, if you have foot pieces make sure they are left and right, same goes for arm pieces!

5. Lay out your entire costume pieces, or put them on a hanger; do the same for Monday wear. Put everything you need for both days including your pouch, makeup, accessories etc and make a list of all the things you need when getting dressed. This is especially handy if you are not getting dressed at home (for those getting makeup done). Also do up a list of what you are actually taking with you on the road such as sunblock, blotting sheets, cell phone etc and test run your pouch or bag to ensure that everything can fit.

6. Charge all camera and cell phone batteries.

7. If you are switching cell phones (like me, as I am going with a CHEAP phone on the road) save all your phone numbers to the SIM Card. On that note enter all the contact numbers for friends and locate the band service on your phone as well.

8. Now is the time to co-ordinate with friends or your driver the times you need to be picked up and dropped off on Monday and Tuesday. Double check the band’s Meeting Points and time of departure.

9. Get rid of all the body hair that you may have forgotten to wax!

10. And finally get enough rest and enough liquids so you won’t be tired or dehydrated tomorrow…

Spice Collection

One of the bloggers collected her Sea Salt Frontline costume from Spice yesterday and sent me a mini review along with photos.


Hi,
Saucy my experience with Spice was great I am so happy with my costume . Love my goody bag, lots of stuff

On a sad note one of the bloggers did not get through with Scotch Bonnet the bra she ordered was way to small, her fault not Spice; she gave them wrong bra size . Spice tried to look for a bigger size but none could fit her so she had to change sections.Spice was very helpful to her she tried on Sea Salt backline and Golden Basil frontline but she did not like either and settled for Cardamon. She got a backline bra and belt with a frontline head piece and money back.That was very nice of spice she was treated good but she is still vex !

My collection was very quick they had everything ready for me , and I am so sorry to hear what happen to the other bloggers.









Female Goody Bag

Male Goody Bag

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Island People Costume Collection take 2

So yesterday was collection for Island People sections Carnival, Rays of Light, Natural Mystic and Touch.

With no designated day for overseas masqueraders I was informed that not only did masqueraders who were supposed to collect for the aforementioned sections show up at the Stadium, but everyone else who didn't collect previous sections turned up as well, including overseas masqueraders.

This resulted in long lines for both "fast track" (pictured below) and those paying off the balance at the cashier.


Some disappointed masqueraders sent me emails to voice their frustrations at the process; the thing is however that Carnival Friday and Saturday are notoriously the WORST days ever to collect costumes ( I heard there were over 200 masqueraders collecting for TRIBE at Cascadia yesterday and traffic jam to the venue as well). For 2010 if you can please have someone collect your costume on the designated day and hopefully Island People will start distribution earlier leaving Friday and Saturday for overseas masqueraders.

Hi Saucy,

I am a regular visitor to your blog and I noticed and was happy regarding the comments about the costume collection process at Island People. Sigh. I am playing with Rays of Light and decided to collect my costume today instead of tomorrow because I wanted to prevent any last minute mishaps.

On arriving at Jean Pierre complex at approximately 5pm (after work), the first thing i saw while driving in was the long line of people waiting in the smoldering sun. I could not believe it. Going in, I saw one of my friends who went in hours earlier and was now leaving, without her headpiece. They were not ready. This is Carnival Friday, no headpiece?

I eventually left when I saw the mass of people looking at me. I have no choice but to go meet the same people tomorrow at the venue in hopes of getting my costume in an acceptable time.

I'm truly disappointed in Island People. They have not made a good first impression. Definitely going back to Tribe next year.


Goodnite Saucy,

I went to collect my Island People costume today, section of choice- Rays of Light. Thank goodness, i had paid off for my costume at the beginning of February. Anyway, I was allowed to proceed straight to the distribution counter. The place was in a total mess!! Even though, i was at the head of the counter, it took me an hour to collect my costume, only to be told that all the headpieces finish. They should be getting them tonight and to come back in the morning. How could you have 500 costumes to be distributed and have only 200 headpieces in stock (Im just ballparking figures) Bear in mind, the IP representative, did not give me my receipt or any form of identification stating that I am to collect my costume tomorrow. So, you know tomorrow will be total chaos. Every Tom, Dick, Harry, Jane and Mary, going to show up demanding a headpiece. The IP reps would not know who from who, because I'm sure they have no time to update the system tonight. Stupes, so I guess, tomorrow I will have to battle with the masses. Oh lawd, IP disappoints again in service. But!! one thing, I cannot complain about is my costume. It is absolutely gorgeous and identical to the prototype. Kudos to the designer and producer.

Regards,
IP follower lacking a headpiece :(

Hi

Just an update. After the smooth flow of IP collection all week basedon reports from friends. Today was a horror, apparently all the people who did not collect on their assigned days turned up today. For Rays of Light we did not get our head pieces which we would collect tomorrow. Hopefully that would not be too much headache.

Take care.

Carnival Friday Sweepstake Winners!

Congratulations to ALL our winners of the Carnival Friday Sweepstakes as well as Fay Ann Lyons who won BOTH titles in Soca Monarch 2009!

1 Jen Care Swedish Massage
Abena Kerr

1 Jen Care Swedish Massage
Jan Michelle Callender

1 Jen Care Manicure and Pedicure
Faizah Perry

1 Jen Care Manicure and Pedicure
Michelle Shriner

1 Axe Hamper
Colin Senhouse

1 Sunsilk Hamper
Megan Jurawan

1 Holiday Foods Hamper
Saundra Quinlan

1 Holiday Foods Hamper
Beverly Griffith

1KFC Mega Meal
Michelle Beharry

1KFC Mega Meal
Davica Evans

1KFC Mega Meal
Nicole Fauntleroy

1KFC Mega Meal
Natasha Knordle





Friday, February 20, 2009

Carnival Friday Sweepstakes! Giveaway #4

YOU do not have to resubmit an entry, once you have entered any of Trinidad Carnival Diary's competitions before, your name is automatically entered in the draw for a prize in today's Sweepstakes.

Giveaway #4


The final giveaway in Trinidad Carnival Diary's Carnival Friday Sweepstakes are gifts to pamper you body and feet after the jamming of Carnival is over.

Courtesy Jencare Skin Farm the prizes are:



TWO Massages

TWO Manicure & Pedicure treatment


FOUR PRIZES in all!


Winner will be selected by random.org.

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All past contest and giveaway entrants will be eligible for a prize, no new names will be accepted today.

Winners will be selected randomly by random.org

All winners will be notified by email and announced on the blog the following day

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The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.

Decisions of the contest are final - no substitutions will be available.

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Carnival Friday Sweepstakes! Giveaway #3

YOU do not have to resubmit an entry, once you have entered any of Trinidad Carnival Diary's competitions before, your name is automatically entered in the draw for a prize in today's Sweepstakes.

Giveaway #3





FOUR K.F.C 12 piece Mega Meal Vouchers... that means FOUR different winners will be drawn for this giveaway!




This Giveaway ends at 5PM!

Winner will be selected by random.org.

Sweepstake Rules :
All past contest and giveaway entrants will be eligible for a prize, no new names will be accepted today.

Winners will be selected randomly by random.org

All winners will be notified by email and announced on the blog the following day

Prizes are to be collected or redeemed in Trinidad.

The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.

Decisions of the contest are final - no substitutions will be available.

By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness and/or photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium over the internet which trinidadcarnivaldiary.com may deem appropriate.

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Carnival Friday Sweepstakes! Giveaway #2

YOU do not have to resubmit an entry, once you have entered any of Trinidad Carnival Diary's competitions before, your name is automatically entered in the draw for a prize in today's Sweepstakes.

Giveaway #2

Two prizes up for grabs:

2 Holiday Foods Hampers



This Giveaway ends at 2PM!

Winner will be selected by random.org.

Sweepstake Rules :
All past contest and giveaway entrants will be eligible for a prize, no new names will be accepted today.

Winners will be selected randomly by random.org

All winners will be notified by email and announced on the blog the following day

Prizes are to be collected or redeemed in Trinidad.

The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.

Decisions of the contest are final - no substitutions will be available.

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Carnival Friday Sweepstakes! Giveaway #1

YOU do not have to resubmit an entry, once you have entered any of Trinidad Carnival Diary's competitions before, your name is automatically entered in the draw for a prize in today's Sweepstakes.



Giveaway #1


One AXE Hamper for the Guys

ONE SUNSILK Hamper for the ladies!


This Giveaway ends at 11AM!

Winner will be selected by random.org.

Sweepstake Rules :
All past contest and giveaway entrants will be eligible for a prize, no new names will be accepted today.

Winners will be selected randomly by random.org

All winners will be notified by email and announced on the blog the following day

Prizes are to be collected or redeemed in Trinidad.

The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.

Decisions of the contest are final - no substitutions will be available.

By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness and/or photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium over the internet which trinidadcarnivaldiary.com may deem appropriate.

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The person(s) whose name(s) is drawn as being the winner(s) of the specific prize will be required to submit a mailing address, email address and telephone contact before the prize is awarded to them.

Carnival Friday ALL DAY SWEEPSTAKES!!!

It is Carnival Friday in Trinidad and Tobago, with just TWO more days until the streets explode on colour and pageantry... the time has come to celebrate and what better way that giving away MORE prizes!!!

Trinidad Carnival Diary is winding down two weeks of giveaways and contests with the Carnival Friday Sweepstakes!

To make it completely fair to all of you who have entered competitions before and may not have the chance to enter again today because you may be in transit,away from your computers or simply without internet access, winners will be randomly selected from ALL past entrants!!

That means YOU do not have to resubmit an entry, once you have entered any of Trinidad Carnival Diary's competitions before your name is automatically entered in the draw for a prize in today's Sweepstakes.

Prizes will be revealed at 8am, 11am, 2pm and 5pm!

Sweepstake Rules :
All past contest and giveaway entrants will be eligible for a prize, no new names will be accepted today.

Winners will be selected randomly by random.org

All winners will be notified by email and announced on the blog the following day

Prizes are to be collected or redeemed in Trinidad.

The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.

Decisions of the contest are final - no substitutions will be available.

By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness and/or photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium over the internet which trinidadcarnivaldiary.com may deem appropriate.

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The person(s) whose name(s) is drawn as being the winner(s) of the specific prize will be required to submit a mailing address, email address and telephone contact before the prize is awarded to them.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Wonderful World Opening on Sunday

This is for those of you who still need to get stick on nails, lashes, body jewelry, hats, hair spray, glitter and other Carnival accessories.

Wonderful World will be opening on Sunday at the following branches: Trincity Mall, West Mall, Gulf City and Starlite Shopping Plaza.

Free Carnival Costumes....

Three days left until the greatest show on earth and if you don't have a costume, have no fear Wee International is giving away a free costume.

Here is the catch:
To all mass players
Get 2 free carnival costume in the band Wee International "PARADISE PLUM"
This all inclusive package includes premium drinks, personalised(sic) service, premium bar, hot lunch and cutters served all day, trained paramedics and lots and lots of fun on the road with Wee.

Bring yuh posse down to the mas camp 28 Bournes road St. James and every tenth (10) person will receive 2 costumes Free ..so 10 register and 2 are Free..
just call 683-0001 ask for Skerro or 788-7378 Richard..

don't miss out on this one..the road belong to Wee this carnival




Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Whe De Band

Great idea, now let's hope this really works for those of you latecomers in finding your band come Carnival Monday and Tuesday:


Sonia Mack Masqueraders Take Note

If you haven't noticed this before, as per Sonia Mack's website please note that all Paradisus costumes not collected by TOMORROW will be sold on FRIDAY.

click to enlarge

D KREWE COSTUME DISTRIBUTION

Wednesday 18th February 2PM – 9PM
Spirit of Iere
People
People High Priest
Sun
Rainbow
Pitch Lake

Thursday 19th February 2PM – 9PM
Iguana
Tropical Fish
Water

Friday 20th February 2PM – 9PM
Sunset
Butterfly
Parrot
Ceremonial Dancers
Bird of Paradise Flower
Falls

Final payment due before collection
Credit Card, Cash or Linx only (no personal cheques)

Kindly present your receipt to collect your costume.
Please present a valid form of ID (Driver's Permit,I D Card, Passport)

COSTUMES NOT COLLECTED BEFORE 10PM ON FRIDAY 20TH FEBRUARY WILL BE SOLD AND DEPOSIT WILL BE FORFEITED.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Cotinga Non Controversy...

So, I just got a call from my girl friend wanting to know who designed Cotinga because the back of the costume is NAKED, all your "bottom is outside" she said, stating emphatically that she wanted to sell the costume now. My question to her, did you not see the back of the costume before you registered.. her response, well she didn't study all that!

People, Carnival Jumbie addressed the bare nakedness of Cotinga in her post last AUGUST:


So rumours abound that this section is one of the most 'in demand' for Tribe 2K9. Of course Frontline Brazilian Macaw, Caged Canary and Kiskadee are up in the top ranks as well. I just wanted to share some pics that I got today. I noticed that there was no rear view of Cotinga online and from my review you would already know its very skimpy. For your viewing pleasure..here is a rear view of Cotinga so you know I am not exaggerating! I hope allyuh Cotinga/Macaw/Canary lovers know what you getting yourselves into and see these things in real before rushing it. If you looking for me, I go be in the gym....!





And if you missed that post there were hundreds of photos of the costume floating around online, one like me looks at the costume I am interested in from all angles and I save photos from all over just so I can get multiple views of the costume from top, back and side. In addition I make countless trips to the mas camp and make lots of calls to TRIBE to ask all the questions I can think of concerning the costume.

Yes, I know some of you are not as obsessive and missed the details such as the fact that the costume beads are edged in GOLD not silver (light gold that is) and people are now crying because all their accessories and foot wear and in the latter colour. I do have close up photos of the costume that clearly shows the beads are gold, for those that doubt the colour was not changed.

Now many people are upset because the costume is SO SKIMPY, well I don't think anyone can blame the designer for that, it was designed to be skimpy! And though Richard and Anthony designed the cosutme they were only responsible for production of the headpieces and frontline tails; they did NOT make the bras and belts.

It is quite unfortunate that people are upset that the costume is so naked or that the details on the costume are now gold, but really who is to blame? Were these facts overlooked in the rush to register in the "hottest" section? I always tell people to choose a costume that suits you and not the one that is the most popular!And on that note please know that Green Honeycreeper is decorated with GOLD not silver!




Island People Costume Distribution 2009

Distribution for Island People's Heaven on Earth began yesterday and two points to note :

1. Monday wear in the form of boy shorts for the ladies and T Shirts for the guys is included in the costume box

&

2. Masqueraders were told that the full complement of goodies for the Goody Bag had yet to arrive from Sponsors, so I guess those collecting later in the week will get more stuff....

Here are some photos of the Distribution yesterday:



To view the album click HERE.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Island People Line Up!!

Thank you to the masquerader who just sent me Island People's line up along with a brief review of collection and photos of the goody bag.. ..an exercise mat? WOW!:

I just came from Island People's collection and here is the official order of the band along with some pics of the goodie bag and its contents. The female goodie bag has an added exercise mat complete with IP logo :)

They really did a WONDERFUL job this year and my costume looks EXACTLY like the prototype. The entire process was also very smooth (made easy by the fact that there were only a handful of us there this morning). The staff was very courteous and professional and we were in and out in less than 15mins.

Kudos to the Island People team and I cannot wait for Monday & Tuesday (rain, rain go away...come again some other day lol)








Band Line-up:

MUSIC
Chapter 1- Paradisius
Chapter 2 - Heavenly Sky
BAR

MUSIC
Chapter 3 - Chocolate & Caramel
Chapter 4 - Dream
BAR

MUSIC
Chapter 5 - Ocean Whispers
Chapter 6 - Angel Falls
Chapter 7 - Afrodisiac...WOOT WOOOT
BAR

MUSIC
Chapter 8 - Rays of Light
Chapter 9 - Touch
BAR

MUSIC
Chapter 10 -Midnight Bloom
Chapter 11 - Natural Mystic
BAR

MUSIC
Chapter 12 - Carnival
Chapter 13 - Love
BAR

Jamboree postponed.. again

Please note the new date and times:
After careful consideration and to ensure patrons are afforded the opportunity to thoroughly enjoy themselves at the annual Jamboree Sunday event in Valsayn North, the Jamboree management have decided to host the Jamboree Sunday event on Saturday 21st February 2009 from 4pm to midnite.

Same great fete……….brand new date !!

All tickets purchased for the Sunday 15th February event will be honoured for the Saturday 21st February event.

Adequate flooring will be installed for your safety and convenience due to the unusual inclement weather being experienced at this time of year and you can expect all other contingencies will be put in place for your continued convenience and enjoyment.

For those patrons unable to attend the Saturday 21st February event, refunds can be sought at Toddlers to Teens, Santa Maria Plaza, 13 Mucurapo Road, Port of Spain on Wednesday 18th February between 10am to 4pm.

Due to the current circumstances, the previously advertised Rainforest all-inclusive event for the same date will be postponed till a future date. All tickets purchased will be refunded via committee members.

Thanks for your kind cooperation and we look forward to seeing you all on Saturday 21st February from 4pm for the annual Jamboree Sunday event in Valsayn North.

Bunji, Faye Ann and the Asylum Band have now been added to the cast..

Jamboree management

Africa Distribution Schedule

AFRICA is ready!

Costume distribution begins today, Mon 16th February
Distribution will take place at the Mac Farlane Mas Camp
49 Rosalino St. Woodbrook.
Ph: 868-628-4168

From 12noon to 8pm daily!

Distribution schedule:


MONDAY
1. MASSAI LION HUNTERS
3. BATAKARI WARRIOR/KASENA WOMAN
4. MASSAI RED DANCERS
12. FULANI HERDSMAN/FULANI WOMAN

TUESDAY
10. YAAKE DANCERS
11. SACHIHANGO HUNTERS
13. ELEPHANT MASK DANCERS

WEDNESDAY
8. NOBLEMEN OF THE EMIR'S CO
URT/HAUSA DANCERS
14. HIMBA GROOM/HIMBA BRIDE
18. ZULU WARRIORS

THURSDAY
6. SURMA COURTSHIP
9. SHAI WOMANHOOD
15. GOLI MASK DANCERS
16. RASHAIDA GROOM/RASHIDA BRIDE

FRIDAY
2. YORUBA MASQUERADERS
5. BERBER FESTIVAL DANCERS
17. KOMO PERFORMERS

SATURDAY
7. DAMA DANCERS
19. AFRICA - HER PEOPLE HER GLORY HER TEARS

Are you happy with your costume..take two?

Last year there were some major issues with costumes in TRIBE, no one can forget the Silver Mist fiasco or even the fact that some sections (Isis option B, Sun Goddess) had smaller headpieces than what was advertised. Then there was the Mystique drama of the missing frontline wings that were never delivered and the headpieces that were VERY late in getting to the masqueraders.

One would hope that the designers and producers learned from 2008 and 2009 would see costumes delivered to the masquerader just as advertised. So far everyone I know who has collected their costume is very happy, loving the fact that the costume looks like what was modeled at the launch, in some cases the costumes look even better upclose. I am totally in LOVE with my costume, it is gorgeous, as well the other costumes that I have seen are very nice and look like the prototype; no surprises.

Unfortunately two masqueraders in Pheasant Frontline wrote me yesterday to say that they were both disappointed in their costume:


Dear Saucy,

I am writing to let you know how very disappointed I am with Tribe this year.

I am a Peasant front line masquerader and I collected my costume on Tuesday only to be informed that my backpack was not ready and that I would be contacted and it would be delivered in 3 days... I am still waiting to be contacted, and I have not yet gotten my backpack.

This service is beyond poor since I have spent US$1000 on this costume. Also, the costume is gold when it was shown as bronze, the workmanship is very poor and the neck piece is a thin piece of cardboard with 6 strings attached. It is NOTHING like the prototype.

Disappointed Tribe Masquerader

Dear Saucy,

I am writing to inform you as a fellow tribe masquerader about my unhappy situation. I paid tribe $6,000.00 (before costume collection date, I might add), only to realize on Tuesday when it was Pheasant scheduled pick up that my back pack for the frontline was not ready. I said okay calmly as they reassured me that Saturday for the latest the rest of my costume would be delivered to me. It is Saturday night at 8:40 and still no call, or email from Tribe. To add insult to injury, when I received my costume the colour of the waist band and bra top was not the same as advertised in their book or mas camp. It is not a bronze gold but an ugly very yellow gold. Yuck?! Not to mention the neck piece and arm bands are completely different to the frontline picture shown on their website. I am very disappointed with Tribe this year after playing with them for the past 4 years and never having any problems. This is also the first year I decided to play in the frontline.... what a bad decision to spend that kind of money to be treated this way.

Thanks for hearing me out,

a VEX phesant frontline

Now since I am a bit detail oriented and examine all the costumes over and over I distinctly remember Pheasant being gold, however in the "professional" photographs it definitely shows as more bronze than gold and is misleading in expectations of the colour:

TRIBE Brochure:


TRIBE Launch (taken by me)


TRIBE Website


TRIBE Mas camp (taken by me)


And these are the photographs of the costume taken by one of the disappointed and vex Frontline Pheasant masqueraders after she collected on Tuesday:









To me there is a slight difference in the shade of gold, maybe it is the lighting, but I can see if you were expecting the costume to be bronze how the gold could be jarring. On another note the necklace is not as full or as wide the prototype and the bra is missing some of the gold beads; I am only seeing three where the prototype has six. Other than that the costume, in my opinion, looks just as decorated as the original.

What the masqueraders also expressed to me was the fact that there was a lack of communication from the mas camp as to when their backpack would be ready, as they were told "three days" from Tuesday and up to Saturday had received no communication as to when they would be able to collect. A situation I can empathize with them in as I had the same thing happen to me and my back pack last year.

On a good note, I was informed that last night one of the masqueraders did get a call to collect her back pack and she said " it was just as expected... no surprises thankfully! "

So for all of you who have collected so far, are you happy with your costume? Anything missing? Are there less beads or feathers than the prototype ? Let me hear your thoughts, leave a comment!
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