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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pan Jazz UK 2009



PanJazz UK
Invites you to
Calypso . Steel . Jazz

Featuring - Andy Narell, Relator

& Special Guest Etienne Charles
Sunday 8th November 2009

@ Hackney Empire
291 Mare Street, London, E8 1EJ
Tickets are £22.50 (Stalls and Dress Circle), £18.50 (Upper Circle)
Limited VIP Tickets £50 (Includes Premium Row Seating, Pre-Event Sunday Dinner Reception, Complimentary Rum Punch)

£2 Concession to Students and Sr. Citizens

Doors at 6:30pm | Showtime at 7:30pm

To purchase tickets visit
http://www.panjazzuk.com or 020 7193 5859

Friday, October 30, 2009

Who is being framed?

Interesting observation I made when viewing one of the sites I have bookmarked that has anything to do with Carnival, Samba Costumes announced on their twitter that they were doing costume frames for Trinidad Carnival:



Naturally I sent off an email inquiring of Samba Costumes as to what exactly did this mean, was he doing frames for individuals or an entire band. Well I should have known better than to get exact information as there is now a moratorium on anyone speaking to Trinidad Carnival Diary that has dealings with a particular Carnival Band, which shall not be named.

Well since no information was given apart from the fact that Samba Costumes WILL be making BRA FRAMES for "whomever" in Trinidad, I put those powers of observation to good use and deduced that this particular frame labeled "the swan" sold on Samba Costumes website...

The Swan


..looks EXACTLY like the wire bra for the section Zari  in TRIBE:

click for larger view


Which begs the question, who indeed is Samba Costumes doing work for in Trinidad and do we not have wire benders here who can make bra frames, why go all the way to Canada?

The frames are priced at $30.00US which I was told is expensive as wire frames go BUT this is good news for all you Backline Individuals, if you have been wanting a wire bra for your costume you can now buy it online! And, if you need a Brazilian tapasexo you can get it there too:


Goodbye Hungry Hippo.. The Carnival Weight Loss Challenge

Meet Safiya - Weight 215 lbs


Meet Sam -Weight 177 lbs

Safiya and Sam are best  friends who have issued to each other a throw down Carnival 2010 weight loss challenge which will be chronicled on their blog "Goodbye Hungry Hippo...Welcome Skinny Minny". Personally speaking I think both ladies are nowhere near the "hungry hippo" description, that just goes to show how punishing those uber skimpy costumes are on our self esteem, and I hope they retain some curves and do not turn into "skinny minnies" as curvy is in (when it went out of style I have no idea!)

Anyway, the ladies have written to me asking to share their journey and quest for the ideal Carnival body with my blog readers however I will not reveal too much here, visit their blog for more information on the challenge, view their videos and plans for the compeition.

Good luck to them both and hopefully they inspire some of us (self included) to start working on weight loss goals of our own... only 3 months and 15 days until Carnival 2010 people!



Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ivan Kalicharan - Outta D Rainforest

Triniscene has photos from popular San Fernando Mas Band, Ivan Kalicharan who launched his 2010 Carnival presentation "Outta D Rainforest" at The Sting. Click HERE for the gallery.











Carnival Babies


There is a new Kiddies Carnival band for 2010, launching on Saturday,called Carnival Babies.

Check out the launch details below and the website for more information:

Come experience the Launch of Carnival Babies first presentation "Feather Fantasy"


Saturday 31st October, 2009
@ HYATT Waterfront, Wrightson Rd.
Time: 3-6pm


Be there for the launch of the Kiddies band that provides 1st class treatment (all inclusive) , educational atmosphere and enjoyable time.


Lots of give aways, and great discounts.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Private Ryan Antilia Carnival Mix

Today I present to you the Antilla Carnival Promo Mix which is VERY different to anything I have done before as it fuses Soca songs on club house beats with a little hip hop & Pop mixed in between. I am also the the official dj for the event.

It is a collaborative effort with Antilla Carnival Inc. as they present their third annual showcase for Trinidad’s Carnival entitled “Antilia Carnival”, held in conjunction with Trinidad and Tobago’s Tourism Development Company, at the extravagant Tribeca Penthouse located #2 Desbrosses Street between Hudson & Greenwich in NYC on THURSDAY 5th NOVEMBER 2009.

This all-inclusive event, which includes a top shelf open bar and indigenous Caribbean cuisine, features a choreographed model presentation showcasing the most exotic costumes transported to NYC from Trinidad’s top rival Carnival bands.

Antilia Carnival will be hosted by internationally renowned supermodel TYSON BECKFORD alongside former Miss Universe, WENDY FITZWILLIAM. The event will also feature a rare, never-before-seen intimate live performance by MACHEL MONTANO.


Tickets begin at $65. Contact committee members or visit Antilia.com for tickets and more Info.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Presenting Sorcerers - D Krewe

This is your first look of a special  All-Inclusive Section 'Sorcerers' by Orgunized Konfusion, in D Krewe's  "Salvaje".

The section launched Saturday October 31 at  the Gravity Nightclub in St. James.





Antilia Carnival 2009





A TASTE OF TRINI CARNIVAL RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY


International soca king Machel Montano to appear at Big Apple Carnival launch

The spirit of Trinidad and Tobago's carnival returns to New York on Thursday, November 5, 2009 when the Caribbean-owned special events company, Antilia, Inc. hosts an evening of entertainment and elegance. The event will feature international soca king, Machel Montano at the Penthouse of Tribeca Rooftop (2 Desbrosses Street between Hudson & Greenwich Streets) in New York City.

Simon Khan, Antilia's chief executive officer, announced this week that the "Antilia Carnival" event will be hosted by Jamaican-American Supermodel, actor Tyson Beckford and 1998 Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam of Trinidad & Tobago.

“We are excited to be launching our third annual, high-profile sneak peak of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival in New York City,” said Khan, who explained that this year his company, will be showcasing the most upscale and exotic premium aspects of Caribbean culture and tourism in the U.S. Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, the second largest street festival in the world, invites participants to experience the freedom, revelry, pulsating music, vibrancy and color of the nation and its people. As patrons, get ready for Carnival which culminates in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad on February 15 and 16, 2010. The two-day street festival with historical origins tied to settlers’ masquerade celebrations and folklore has tens of thousands of masqueraders in elaborate costumes flooding the streets, dancing and jumping to pulsating music with unmatched stamina.

Here in New York, the November warm-up event, which is being planned in concert with travel and tourism partners on island, will include a costume catwalk, featuring a multi-cultural, eclectic mix of models from America's Next Top Model, Make Me a Supermodel, and the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants.

“We are striving to reach a wider audience within and beyond the Caribbean-American Diaspora, including the young American trendsetter traveler who does not currently have access to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival,” said Khan, promising that patrons of the Antilia Carnival event would experience firsthand what Carnival itself is like, including exotic costumes from the top rival carnival bands.

Antilia Travel's bundled carnival packages provide a seamless, transparent method of getting to Carnival, and affords the visitor a VIP experience through the many exclusive events and offerings. “From the in-flight experience of Caribbean Airlines to hotel check-in; from the carnival fĂȘtes to mas in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago has so much more to offer than most visitors understand or can appreciate,” said Khan.

Tickets for the New York spectacle are available from www.antilia.com, for further information, visit www.antilia.com.

ABOUT ANTILIA
Antilia is a New York-based Caribbean special events company and entertainment brand that showcases the most upscale and exotic premium aspects of Caribbean culture and tourism in the US. This year the company will also offer bundled travel packages to Trinidad and Tobago's annual carnival festival in February 2010.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kaotic Precious Gems

Costumes from Kaotic's Carnival 2010 Presentation "Precious Gems" minus one section:

Mandarin Garnet


Sapphire "Rhapsody in Blue"

Kohinoor Diamond

Paraiba Tourmaline

Garnet

Citrine

Kohinoor Diamond

Chrisoberyl

Jalwha Pics

Click on the photo below from the launch of Jhalwa The Real fire to be taken to Afro Chic's blog for more photos:

Jhalwa The Real Fire Band Launch


There were two band launchings held last night, Kaotic at Aura and Jhalwa The Real Fire at Zen, my destination was to the latter, unfortunately the actual attendance at the launch was negative.

Doors at Zen opened at 4pm, with no definite time given for the commencement of the costume portrayal my scheduled arrival time for the launch of Jhalwa was 7:30PM. As luck would have it an unfortunate set of circumstances led to me being in traffic (which I later found out was due to a road block) while the show started at 7:30PM. Fifteen minutes later I got notice that it was over and I was still not at the venue so I aborted that mission.

The good news is that Afro Chic made it to the band launch and will have photographs of the costumes which by her estimation are "looking good". Jhalwa The Real Fire is a new band for Carnival Trinidad 2010 being brought by Sangeet Radio 106.1 FM. Costumes were designed by Harts and it comprises eight (8) sections, all-inclusive and priced at under $3000.00TT. Now I am REALLY curious to see the costumes!

Don't forget to check out Afro Chic's blog, when it is updated today, for photos of the costumes.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

All That Glitters

Tube Top @ Arden B

Shorts @ Flirt

Bangle @ Forever 21


Boots @ Amazon

Aloha Band Launch

The long awaited band launch for Glenn Carvalho's Aloha takes place on Saturday October 31, see the flyer below for details:


click to enlarge

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Japanese Samba Carnival

I love this video of the Japanese Samba Carnival in Asakusa...!

Friday, October 23, 2009

The "Backline Individual" does she exist?

Now I am all for "individualizing" your costume, adding extra touches to make it more custom made for you, whether it is as simple as adding extra beads to your belt or as elaborate as adding a feathered collar for instance. However, there are a group of masqueraders pushing for the category of "Backline Individual" which to me is somewhat of an oxymoron, since an Individual is the masquerader that usually leads the section in a unique one of a kind costume that bears no resemblance to any other costume in the band, someone that is certainly not in the backline! Therefore is a backline costume with extra embellishments really a "Backline Individual" or a backline with "extra stuff"?

For those who are unfamiliar with the hierarchy of a section let me break it down for you:

Regular Costume/Backline


Frontline


Individual/Section Leader


The fact is masqueraders have always been adding extras to their costumes, I know Samaroos saw me many a times in the past, when I used to play backline, looking for sequin and gems to add to my costume. There was one year I reconstructed my entire bra, taking the decorations from one and adding it to another and I made jewelry to match the costume too!

Even when I play frontline I always add something to my costume, I never wear the costume as is out of the box; that is just me. So, to hear now that this form of customization makes you an "individual" is quite amusing to me as I never thought of this personalization as being an Individual in the true sense of the word; there are still several hundred people in the same basic costume as me so the change would have to be very significant to stand out as being unique, meaning I would have to be in a completely different costume from head to toe. I have also been an Individual Character once, so I know very well the differences among the section hierarchy as I have played in each category.

Apparently the phenomena of a "Backline Individual" is really taking off and many masqueraders are talking about adding lots of extras to their costume. The group has been even debating the whether the "Backline Individual" has the "right to push up in front because she is different"! Which leads to the question of the day: does the backline individual hold as a legitimate category of costuming? How many of you subscribe to the backline individual movement? Why is the backline individual becoming so popular, is it because of finances or an outlet for creativity? Would you consider a backline costume with extra embellishments an "Individual"? And finally, does a "Backline Individual" have the right to lead a section because the costume is "different"?

My one bit of advice to the ladies who want to do something very elaborate with their backline costume is to contact the mas camp or section leader, not only out of courtesy to inform them that you will be tweaking the design, but maybe the band or section leader will recognize your individuality and bump you up to "Individual" status for real!


2009 Miami Carnival - DV8 Miami

Greetings Peeps, Kermit D. Frog here, bringing you scenes from 2009 DV8 Miami. For those of you who are not familiar with DV8 Miami, this is a fairly new event to the Miami Carnival scene. Its first appearance was in 2007 as a small invitation-only event (which was held primarily to gauge interest and as a dry-run) and after its overwhelming success, the party became a full fledged all-inclusive fete in 2008. Due to bad planning, I did not attend in 2008 and all the reports I heard indicated that I missed a truly great event. I was determined not to make the same mistake twice, so 2009 found me on the road to the fete bright and early Saturday afternoon and while the venue was not as far away as it was in 2008, it was still quite a distance from anywhere. Still, I expected the fete to be well worth the extra effort.

I arrived around 6:00 p.m. which, admittedly, was REAL early even for me, and found the party to be pretty much empty. No problem there since I would be able to wander around and get a good look at the venue. As I entered the party, I found myself in the main dance area in front of the DJs; I followed the path to the left and came to the wine station where several varieties of chilled wines were available for consumption. Further along the path was the main bar which was very well stocked and staffed and past that was the restroom area. Keep walking and you would see the food huts and eventually the path would circle back to the main dance area. This venue was very picturesque with waterfalls, benches, and little secluded spots sprinkled liberally throughout the grounds and after making a circle of the area, I found myself back at the main bar introducing myself to my bartender for the night. After an hour or so, with music playing and the sun setting, the crowds began to arrive so I decided to head to the main dance area and see what was up.

After liming in the front for a while, I noticed people strolling around with little plates of food so I headed to the back to investigate further. Appetizers were indeed being served and after a short wait, I prepared a plate of chicken wings and grilled chicken (I’m not a fan of shrimp so I did not take any) and made short work of it. Unfortunately, by the time I finished my plate and considered getting a second helping, the current batch had run out. The young lady overseeing the station informed us that the food was being prepared fresh and new batch would be brought out in a short while but rather than wait, I decided to refresh my drink and pass back later as I was sure that by now dancing must be in full swing in the front.

The venue was filling up more rapidly now but due to the layout of the fete, people were spread out all over the grounds with larger concentrations on the dance floor and at the bar. Some people remarked to me that this took away from some of the party atmosphere as this dispersion of the patrons did not particularly lend itself to a fete kind of vibe. Initially, I believe this might have been the case but once the masses arrived, the crowd that was in the main dance area was certainly feeling a fete vibe and, pretty scenery or not, they were there to eat, drink, and wine and by George, that is exactly what they did!

As the evening progressed, the volume of the music decreased markedly and after enquiring, I was informed that this was not due to technical difficulties as I had first surmised, but rather because of noise complaints from neighbors. Neighbors? Peeps, did I mention how far this place was? This venue was surrounded by fields and on the drive in I saw ABSOLUTELY NOTHING resembling neighbors anywhere near. I was told that the “neighbors” were approximately 2 miles away and that they were complaining. STEUPS! The music was still being played (albeit not as loudly as before) but the problem was that the speakers were located in the front of the party by the main dance area and when the music was being played at “fete level” the sound would carry easily to all over the venue. However, with the reduced volume, folks not close to the front found it difficult to hear the music which caused some consternation among those so affected and while some articulated their displeasure, much of the crowd in the back was in the back primarily to mix and mingle and since loud music was not a necessity for that, they sipped their drinks, continued chatting, and made lemonade out of lemons.

While waiting for the music situation to resolve itself, it was announced that the main food courses were being served and since I was busy phototakeouting, I entreated a group of lovely ladies who were heading back to the food area to bring me a plate and being the sweethearts that they are, they agreed. They eventually returned with a plate of ribs, lean pork, potato salad, and noodles which I jortsed down in two two’s. I had heard that when the food was initially brought out, there was, of course, a rush for it. This created a bottleneck since access to the food station was via small walkways and the area where the food was being served was quite small. Fortunately, this was a problem for only the first 30 minutes or so as once the initial hungry rush was satisfied, there was ample space for the more moderate stream of people that came after. The quality of the food provided was excellent and the quantity, plentiful and despite the occasional wait while fresh batches were prepared and brought out, one could not have asked for better.

My belly being full, I swung back to my bartender for another refill and as was the case all night, I was organized in less than 5 minutes. In my opinion, this bar was one of the best organized bars it has been my pleasure to experience in a long while. There was never a long wait for drinks and they never ran out of anything. The bartenders were very easy on the eyes and were always ready and eager to mix whatever concoction you requested and they seemed to be enjoying themselves doing it. I guess that was why their tip buckets were always filled and really, I did not begrudge them a single dollar.

As the night went on, a compromise regarding the noise complaint issue was reached, the music volume was raised, and the party took off in earnest. The drinks were flowing and the people were fed and wining hard and it looked like it was on like boiled corn but alas, this momentum would not be maintained. A helicopter began circling the party and our first thought was that the compromise had been compromised, and the party was about to be shut down for good by the police but this was not so. Apparently there had been an automobile accident outside the party in which a lady had been knocked down and the helicopter was here to medevac her. After the helicopter departed, the music resumed but by then much of the festive mood had dissipated so the remaining partygoers decided that since it wasn’t yet 1:00 a.m., they would head out while the night was still fairly young to see what else they could get into.

DV8 Miami 2009 was a very good fete which would require only a few minor tweaks to make it excellent and I look forward to DV8 Miami 2010 with great anticipation.

Enjoy the pics peeps, Kermit out.

Ribbit

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Looking for boots?

Here is a listing of online websites where you can purchase boots to use as Carnival footwear for the newbies and not so newbies. Feel free to add any other websites that you have purchased from that is not listed here:

Ami Club Wear






Wee International Mas Camp Opening and Website Launch


Wee International will open it's mas camp and launch their website tomorrow, Friday 23 October, at 6PM. Look out for it!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Value of a TRIBE Costume

On Carnival Junction recently there was an costume for sale in TRIBE, Threads of Morocco Male, for the cost of $5000.00TT, note the original price of this costume is $2950.00TT

When confronted by the owner of the website who does not support or condone selling any costume at a "severely marked up price" (as stated on the website) the person who placed the ad had this justification for the 69% profit margin:


My dear friend, it is nice to know that you are so concerned that you could have copied Tribe. please see my points below.

1. The costume belongs to me and that is what I value it. If you are aware of the experience of playing with tribe you will definitely know it is always painful having to sell one of their costumes. The costume to me is worthless, the joy I feel on Monday and Tuesday with my family and friends, with people bringing their kids and love ones to look on as I have fun is PRICELESS.

2. The safety and facilities is priceless. What does it worth paying 2000.00 or 3000.00 for a costume and you are unsafe. Are you aware of the crime situation in Trinidad? If you are then you will understand that a price cannot be placed on that.

3. This costume was not purchased with the intention of swindling someone, if you are aware two or three thousand dollars has very little or no value in Trinidad especially if you have Kids and Bills.

4. TGIF, Trotters. Ruby Tuesdays sell their alcohol for twice or even 3 times the price, is that robbery??????? NO it isn't because it's totally up to the consumer to purchase if they so desire. In TRINIDAD we are ALLOWED to exercise our rights as consumers without any prejudice. This is democracy. SO my Friend you do not HAVE TO PURCHASE OR EVEN CONSIDER TO PURCHASE. THAT IS YOUR RIGHT. Remember that.

5. Last but not least, Tribe is more than a band, they treat us like family as we are pampered, spoiled, entertained and most importantly protected for those 2 days. So my friend in conclusion I will advise you that MY TRIBE COSTUME worth MUCH MUCH MORE than 5000.00 or 6000.00 or 7000.0 to me. Whether it worth that to you is your choice.

So have a great day and may God continue to bless you.... By d Way, I've been confronted by quite a few people who knows the TRUE VALUE OF A TRIBE COSTUME.

Tribe keep up the great work.

Regards

I absolutely LOVE point #1 where the seller states that the costume BELONGS to them yet they have only paid the deposit! And while I can agree that the "value" of playing mas is not as something that can be easily quantified I do know that even I have a price point which will not be crossed, not to mention that the COSTUME is only one factor that adds value to my overall Carnival experience. Really the justifications laid out by the seller is the kind of tripe that sends people into a frenzy when you tell them TRIBE is NOT Carnival and there are other bands that you can get the same "value" from. It really isn't that serious to "value" a costume to such extent that you use it as leverage for price gouging, but you all know how I feel about that matter quite well.

So, humour me today readers, what really is the TRUE VALUE of a TRIBE Costume? What is the most you are willing to pay a re-seller for the privilege of taking a costume off their hands? Is 50% worth it, 100% worth it or even 200% worth the TRIBE experience?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Trinidad Carnival 2010 New Soca

Hope you all enjoy the new music from Julian #1 Imeem Soca Promotion:


Monday, October 19, 2009

Kaotic is Back for Carnival 2010

Just when I was thinking that only a few more bands are left to launch for Carnival 2010 comes news that Kaotic will be presenting "Precious Gems", band launch to take place on October 25 at Aura. This is surely surprising news as I was reliably informed that after their debut in 2009 Kaotic would not do a sophomore presentation,next thing I will be hearing Elements is also coming back!!!

Trinidad Carnival 2010 Fete Calender

The following is a tentative listing of fetes and events for Trinidad Carnival 2010; I cannot vouch for the complete accuracy of the dates, however this is the information exactly as I received it:

Friday January 29, 2010
* Central Bank All Inclusive

Saturday February 3rd, 2010
* Privilege ‘Hysteria’ Cooler Fete
* Agua Trinidad – The Paddock
* Fete – Pier 1 (Chaguaramas)
* South Cancer Society All-Inclusive
* Chutney Soca Monarch Finals – Skinner Park- 8pm
* O’Farrell All-Inclusive- Mobs 2, Chaguaramas – 8pm

Sunday February 4th, 2010
* Panorama Semi-Finals – Queens Park Savannah
* Friends of Blood Bank Fete All-Inclusive – Trinidad Country Club – 2pm
* Mc Leod Annual All-Inclusive – 2pm
* US Embassy All-Inclusive
* T&T Air Guard All-Inclusive – Prisons Sports Complex – 5pm
* Maritime All-Inclusive

Friday February 5th, 2010
* Misty Ridge All-Inclusive – Hadeed Ranch
* Wild Meat All-Inclusive – Celder Grounds, Tunapuna
* Carnival Under The Trees – Normandie Hotel, 10 Nook Av, St Ann – 8pm
* International Soca Monarch Semi-Finals

Saturday February 6th, 2010
* Red Cross Kiddies Carnival, Jean Pierre Complex, POS – 11am
* Fatima College All-Inclusive – Fatima Grounds, Mucurapo Rd – 7pm
* Carnival Under The Trees – Normandie Hotel, 10 Nook Av, St Ann – 8pm
* Karma Sutra 9 – Country Club, Maraval – 10pm
* Machel Montano’s Alternative Concept 8 – Haseley Crawford Stadium – 9pm
* White Oak Chutney Brass 8 – Guaracara Park (Point-A-Pierre) – 9pm
* Victoria Garden’s All-Inclusive

Sunday February 7th, 2010
* Privilege ‘Jamboree Sunday’ – Jamboree Park, Valsayn – 2pm
* Heart Beat Hilton
* T&Tec Soca Shoka IX – St John’s Complex
* CAREC All-Inclusive – Federation Park (St. Clair) – 2pm

Monday February 8th, 2010
* People’s National Movement (PNM) Fete – Balisier House, Victoria Ave. POS – 9pm
* Mardi Gras- 10pm

Tuesday February 9th, 2010
* Army Fete – Macqueripe Rd, Chaguaramas – 4pm
* Bishops Junior School All-Inclusive Fete
* Carnival Under The Trees – Normandie Hotel, 10 Nook Av, St Ann – 8pm
* Islandstyle GLOW- 10pm
* Eyes Wide Shut – Queens Park Oval – 9pm
* Senior Kings Semi –Final/ Queen’s Park Savannah, February 09, 2010, 7:00pm

Wednesday February 10th, 2010
* S.O.S. – Maracas – 12pm
* The Ranch – Cunupia
* Carnival Under The Trees – Normandie Hotel, 10 Nook Av, St Ann – 8pm
* Bacchanal Wednesday – The Hanger, Chaguaramas – 9pm
* Custom Boys Fete- Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain – 9pm

Thursday February 11th, 2010
* Beach House All-Inclusive – 11am
* Escape to the Sanctuary – Salybia – 11am
* Blanchisseuse All-Inclusive – 11am
* TRIBE Ignite – Jean Pierre Complex – 9pm
* UWI Splash – Chaguaramas – 9pm
* T&T Police Assoc. Annual Carnival Fete – Police Training College

Friday February 12th, 2010
* Fantastic Friday (Soca Monarch Finals) – Queens Park Oval – 7pm
* Island People Girl Power – Jenny’s Car Park – 9pm
* Privilege ‘RISE’ All-Inclusive – Moka, Maraval – 9pm
* Blue Range Cooler Fete – Diego Martin
* D’Cooler Fete – Pier 1, Chaguaramas – 9pm
* Senior Queens Semi-Final -Queen’s Park Savannah - 7:00pm


Saturday February 13th, 2010
* Re- Enactment of the Camboulay Riots - Piccadilly Greens, Port of Spain - 5:00am
* Privilege ‘EUPHORIA’ All Inclusive – Jamboree Park, Valsayn – 3pm
* Atlantis 2009 (Nauti Krew All-Inclusive) – Pier 1 – 4pm
* National Panorama Finals – 7pm
* Trini Posse Fete – The Hanger, Chaguaramas
* Island Style Insomnia Fete – Mobs 2 (Chaguaramas) – Midnight
* Dawn, Sunrise In The City – Jenny’s Car Park
* Lions All Inclusive Fete – Lions Civic Centre (Port of Spain)

Sunday February 14th, 2010
* D’Original Breakfast Party – Diamond Vale, Diego Martin – 3am
* Sunny Side Up Breakfast Party – Palm Avenue West, Petit Valley – 4am
* Dancing In the Sanctuary ‘Headley All-Inclusive’- Windsor Road, Valsayn – 11am
* Eye Spy – San Fernando Hill
* Brian Lara All-Inclusive – Chancellor Hill, Queen’s Park West – 2pm
* Harvard Club All-Inclusive Fete – Harvard Club, St. James – 4pm
* Dimanche Gras, Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain – 7pm
* Free Drinks Mania – Country Club – 9pm
* Hilton Poolside – Hilton Hotel (Lady Young Rd, Port of Spain) – 9pm
* Is Just A Fete (TASA) – Queen’s Hall, Port-of-Spain
* Cotton Tree Foundation All Inclusive Fete – Spanish Acres

Monday February 15th, 2010
* Jouvay (4am)
* Parade of the Bands
* Carnival Jump Up – Hilton Hotel (Lady Young Rd, Port of Spain)
* Monday Night Mas – Paramin Hill

Tuesday February 16th, 2010
* Parade of the Bands – Judging points @ Adam Smith Square, Piccadilly on the Greens, Queen’s Park South
* Pan Trinbago Pan on the Road – Victoria Square and Downtown Port of Spain
* Pan Trinbago Las’ Lap – Western Main Rd, St James

Wednesday February 17th, 2010
* Beach Lime – Maracas Bay, Las Cuevas, Blanchisseuse Bay
* Wild Meat Cool Down – Balandra Bay
* Ash Wed Boatride – Treasure Queen (Pier 2, Chaguaramas)
* Annual Ash Wednesday River Lime – De Freitas Ranch, Valencia

I am back!!! What is new?

After a hectic Miami Carnival and subsequent vacation in Orlando I am back in Trinidad (still super tired from all the activity) and catching up on all that is happening in the mas world... so what is new?

While I was away Wee International held their band launch for "Tesoros del Caribe", photos from the launch can be found on their website.


Harts has now sold out ALL their male costumes, with only SIX female section options still open; the Harts men are not playing with their Carnival!

By now all registered TRIBE masqueraders should have gotten a receipt via email, if you have not hopefully you are not one of those whose "registration" was not registered!

Most Carnival bands have already launched for Trinidad Carnival 2010, still to come is Glenn Carvalho's "Aloha" which takes place sometime this month and Jhalwa - The Real Fire launching on the 25th of October. Other than those two still to launch, potential masqueraders now have their pick of bands and sections as none are fully sold out save TRIBE.

Island People, Legacy, Harts, Pulse 8, Genesis, Trevor Wallace, Trini Revellers, Dream Team, D Krewe and Spice still have spaces people!

Oh and Triniscene, you are really late with the Miami photos, even Trini Jungle Juice has beat you to the punch!




Sunday, October 18, 2009

Festivals Of The World Preview

Trini Revellers website for their 2010 Presentation "Festivals of the World" was supposed to be up and running yesterday, looks like it is still a work in progress but you can check out a few sections courtesy The Sauce:

Click on the section links to be taken to the page:


Sections still to come:
*Cairo Oriental Dance Fesival - Egypt
*Tenjin Matsuri Festival - Japan
*The Festival of Panama
*The Heiva Festival - French Polynesia
*The Inca Festival of the Sun - Peru



Saturday, October 17, 2009

Kiddies Mas Update

For all you parents inquiring about Kiddies Mas Bands please note that Rosalind Gabriel has revealed her theme for Carnival 2010 and it is "Love Your Country". The band launch takes place on 1st November 2009 from 4.30 p.m. to 8.00p.m. at the Mas Camp 26 O'Connor Street, Woodbrook. Once again Rosalind Gabriel will also be producing adult mas for Monday and Tuesday, those costumes will be launched at the same time as well.

In other kiddies news Gerard Kelly's website is now up for "Festivals in Dance", you can view costumes and prices HERE.

Bohang - Gerard Kelly


And finally Spoilt Rotten Kids will be holding their launch on October 31st, mark the date!
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