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Monday, August 31, 2009

Spice responds to the Paypal Issue

Hope those re-registering can still get their sizes!
Dear Spice Masquerader,
Thank you for making Spice Carnival your band of choice for carnival 2010.
We regret to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances and issues concerning our Payal partners we must refund your payment.

Please note that this does not mean that you have lost your costume or space in Spice Carnival for Carnival 2010. We have a comprehensive record of all orders placed via paypal and intend on fulfilling every one of them?..however we still need to receive your payment.

The process will be as follows:

You will receive a refund via paypal (August 29th, 2009) along with a phone call from a service representative at our showroom.

As soon as you receive your refund, you can simply full out this webform and the info will be sent securely and directly to us to process your payment, or you can call our showroom (between the hours of 1 pm and 8 pm, Monday to Saturday) at 1-868-222-0475 and we will process your order over the phone. (Please not that you may need to be logged in to with the account you purchased with to view the webform).

We have a dedicated team, so we ensure you that you will receive same day confirmation from us stating that your payment has officially been cleared and that the process is completed.
Collect your costume at distribution which is currently scheduled to take place two weeks prior to carnival.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Team Spice

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Carnival News Update

Masqueraders registered with Spice online using paypal have been getting an email saying:
You received a full or partial refund of *$180.00 USD from Spice Carnival Band.To see all the transaction details, please log into your PayPal account. It may take a few moments for this transaction to appear in your account.'
*deposit amount varies with each email.

This " glitch in the system" has been happening since Friday night yet no one from Spice has come forward to explain to their masqueraders what the issue is; nothing on their website or on their facebook page and no email either!

The thing is, I hope this is not a phishing scam and masqueraders who paid via paypal should NOT click the link in the email but log into their paypal account by typing in their browser. Maybe Spice will address the issue soon....

Island People started registration yesterday for Past Masqueraders, and from all accounts everything went smoothly and quickly as there was not a mob of masqueraders lining up and rounding the bend on Stone Street!

Maybe it was the fact that it was a Saturday that people took their time!

Both Ronnie & Caro and D Krewe launched their Carnival 2010 presentations last night, professional photos of Ronnie & Caro's TRIBUTES were posted by me last night since I did not attend their launch. Initial reviews of D Krewe from those that were there seem to be very positive, here is a teaser, more sections still to be released:






Looking good so far D Krewe, though I HAVE to say Tsunami is giving me a strong Zari vibe!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Ronnie &Caro Tributes

Tribute will honour the men whose dedication to the mas form has made Carnival what it is today, the ‘greats’ who stepped into our history and took Carnival from the days of mas on the truck, to the streets.

Harold Saldenah, “The Historian”, copped six Band of the Year titles. In 1968 his imagination rose to the challenge with his presentation “City of Gold”, where he combined history and fantasy brilliantly.

George Bailey, “The Monarch”, also known as “The African King” – In 1957 his presentation “Back to Africa” was the most celebrated band in the history of modern Carnival. He copped six Band of the Year titles.

Irvin Mc Williams believed that, within our shores, there is untapped material for magnificent mas. In 1971 he set out to prove this with his presentation “Wonders of Buccoo Reef.”

Raoul Garib – This three-time Band of the Year winner was also very passionate about local themes. His three portrayals, “The Sting”, “The Market Place” and “Gulf of Paria” carried him to his victories.

Stephen Lee Heung – Although not a designer, he was a very successful Bandleader. Chang’s final design, “We Kinda People”, was presented by Lee Heung in 1975.

Jason Griffith/George Harding – “Diamond Jim”, as Harding was fondly called, was the unofficial King of Sailor Mas. From the traditional Navy-style uniforms, Fancy Sailor costumes changed and were later embellished with sequins, swans’ down, etc.

Edmund and Lil Hart, “The Fun Lovers” – Winning the Band of the Year title five times, their portrayals ran the gamut from history to fantasy and bikini mas. Their style was all about masqueraders being comfortable and having fun.

Wayne Berkeley, “The Showman” – Copping eleven Band of the Year titles, he feels just as much at home doing small mas. He produced “Firebird” in 1998 for a Band in St. Maarten, “Fire and Ice”.

Peter Minshall, “The Dramatist”, copped seven Band of the Year titles. “The Humming Bird” was his first costume in 1974. Although not a Queen of the Band costume, it stood out due to its sheer beauty. Minshall describes Carnival as theatre on the streets.
Fancy Sailor

Bucco Reef

We Kinda People

Saucy In The Market Place

Humming Bird

Fun Lovers



City of Gold


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