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Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Year In Bacchanal

It all started with the rumours  since Ash Wednesday that TRIBE would be doing The Silk Road for Carnival 2010, Spice subsequently announced their theme of The Spice Route and several other bands went to Asia for Inspiration. From China to India Carnival 2010 is all about that continent! When TRIBE finally announced  their theme it was changed from The Silk Road to The Secret of Silk.... too similar to The Spice Route it seems !

The next drama was the headpiece controversy; who stole what from whom , a whodunnit which caused major ties to be severed between a certain band and certain designers(this was also the year of the stone controversy but I will let sleeping dogs lie on that one!)

Ironically the one thing that sets Carnival 2010 apart from past years is the plethora of massive headpieces in Spice and TRIBE. Feathers "down to the ground" is what I was told to look out for before band launch and we have feathers, feathers and even MORE feathers than Birds of a Feather!

Once again The Sauce was challenged for accuracy of gossip. When the prices for Spice were leaked the band leaders hastily took damage control and announced that the prices were not correct, a few days later they were officially released and save a few dollars, I was spot on! Nice one Spice, it will not be the last time I was accused of incorrectly spreading information about this band. Lets just say that the Sauce's sources are very reliable, hence the reason the band leader went to China to sort out the "costume quality situation"!

And just as I have been accused of being Anti Spice for 2009 I have also been accused of being Anti TRIBE (believe it or not!), honest reviews and certain friendships have made The Sauce a subject of many a secret meeting and a gag order was set for anyone giving information. Pity the information does not come from within ranks so I still get my hot gossip to share with my readers!

As Spice is looking to cement their footing in a Sophomore year, Elements which also debuted in 2009 is taking a break from Carnival 2010 and who knows how many other Carnivals. And just when one thought Kaotic also suffered a similar fate, they made a last hurrah and launched late in 2009 with their second presentation for Carnival 2010. Speaking of launches I have to mention the BEST BAND LAUNCH ever, Brian Mc Farlane's launch in the middle of the Bucco Reef which was totally spectacular!

Evolution never announced their departure but after pushing back their band launch date they simply failed to launch. As bands bowed out of Carnival 2010 there were even more new bands waiting to take their spot; Scorpion Mas, Matrix, Glenn Carvalho, Jhalwa The Real Fire, D Harvard Boys and D Harvard Revellers are all new bands for 2010. It remains to be seen if any band relevant today can claim a 50 year history like Harts, in future, as the band celebrates five decades in mas with all sections sold out and an even larger band for 2010, kudos to Harts! The question everyone wants answered is why hasn't Island People, a stalwart in the mas game for going on 5 years is not sold out as yet?

As the year 2009 comes to a close with only two big bands sold out, the concern is the effect of the global financial crisis on costume sales in the New Year. Band leaders are even worried that deposits will be forfeited as potential masqueraders realize they cannot afford Carnival 2010. Costume prices broke record figures this year and fete prices are even MORE exorbitant than for 2009...people simply cannot afford it all, plus Beyonce concert tickets!

And what is in store for 2011? Hopefully construction of the Carnival Center will actually start with a date of completion secured by the Government.  In 2011 the Wee Wee Truck will be no more as masquerader's last chance to use this facility will be for Carnival 2010. Changes to TRIBE's registration and pre registration are to come, so I was told, as this was also the year of the TRIBE registration fiasco. Who can forget the crash on registration day that had masqueraders going crazy online and at Cascadia? And to add insult to injury was the fact that pre registration went from a "perk" to certain persons to a business for some; you know things are bad when you are first in line at Cascadia for registration and not only does someone mysteriously appear in line before you but you are told that the costume you want is sold out and you are holding ticket number ONE!

Sources also say that the long rumoured second band from TRIBE will be coming in 2011, if this finally turns to a reality well I guess that might mean death to some of the other struggling bands as the TRIBE overflow of masqueraders will be just sucked up by the next TRIBE affiliated  band which might just come under the banner of  Red Ants, maybe? Who knows ? Lots to look forward to in 2011 but lets get through 2010 first.... SIX MORE WEEKS TO GO!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

It's Time to Make This A Buyer's Market!

Now that Christmas has come and gone all of a sudden costumes are coming up for sale en masse on Carnival Junction, Fineahban and even on Facebook (just check the TRIBE group to see the costumes listed). I don't know how many times I have to reiterate that desperation should not determine the price you pay for these costumes that are being resold.

You have the power to turn this into a BUYERS market people, the sellers of these costumes NEED to get them off their hands so please do not facilitate them by paying the absurd prices they are asking:

Costume for sale Tyrian Purple, price on TRIBE's website $3575.00-$3870.00 for small/large headpiece option. Asking price for said costume on Carnival Junction, $4900.00:

Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 10:54:26 +0000
Hi I have a Tribe Tyrian Purple for sale.
These are the measurements:
Swimsuit Type
Bra Size
32 A
Swimsuit Bottom
Bottom Piece Size
Let me know if u interested. C

Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 11:16:47 -0500

I'll take it!

I am in Toronto currently but I have friends in Trinidad who can help us arrange payment etc.

Let me know what next steps we should take!


Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 19:24:13 +0000
Ok cool.

What happens is I'll either give the person a receipt to collect the costume after they make the full payment or , if they not comfortable with that I can collect it after they make the payment and give it to them after. Let me know which you are more comfortable with.

Date: Mon, 28 Dec 2009 14:41:59 -0500

I like the first idea better. I will be in Trinidad the week before carnival to pick up the costume.

I will send my friend the money this week and maybe she can go with you to pay and get the reciept as well. I hope this works for you. Also how much are you asking for?



Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2009 00:22:53 +0000
The first idea is more comfortable for me also.
I got 2 other offers so its whichever offer is best but more importantly who pays first because i just want to get it off my hands.

Im asking 4900.TTD full price including downpayment. Where in Trinidad is ur friend from? Im from South.

Naturally the potential buyer did not follow through with the sale,kudos to her, and just as some people defend other's right to mark up the cost of THEIR costume based on worth, my only goal today is to let YOU the buyer know that you should not be giving in to these prices just because you want a costume, especially when someone is bold enough to say they "just want to get it off their hands".

There are still people out there willing to sell at the actual price the costume is being sold for at the mas camp, I know someone who got a costume just yesterday, so do not facilitate the extortionists. The closer we get to Carnival the more costumes you should see on sale by people who NEED to get it off their hands...

Good luck !

Machel Montano - No Behaviour

Are we feeling it, or not? 
(is a good thing Machel taking a break for 2010!)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Beyonce Concert Tickets On Sale From Today

Because I have gotten numerous inquiries on purchasing tickets for Beyonce's post Carnival concert, here are the details:

Are you ready? February 18th, 2010, Queens Park Savannah, POS; Beyoncé Live in concert!
General Admission:
TT$450.00 (Early Bird Special)
$1,000.00 (Food Refreshments inclusive)
TT$1,600 (All Inclusive)

Tickets can be purchased at the following bmobile stores and Authorized Partner locations. 

Bmobile & TSTT Locations
Bmobile Store, Brian Lara Promende, POS
Bmobile Store, Level 2, The Fall of West Mall
Bmobile Store, Level 1 East Wing, Trincity Mall,
Trincity Mall
Bmobile Store, Library Corner, San Fernando
TSTT Customer Service Center, DSM Plaza, Chaguanas
TSTT Customer Service Center, Caroline Building,
 Wilson Road, Tobago
TSTT Customer Service Center, Park Street, POS
TSTT Customer Service Center, St. Augustine
TSTT Customer Service Center, Arima
TSTT Customer Service Center, San Fernando
TSTT Customer Service Center, Point Fortin

Bmobile & TSTT Authorized Partners
Cellular Planet Limited
Upper Level, Westmall
Cellular Planet Limited
Uptown Excellent Mall,
Cor Frederick &Park Street
Cellular Planet Limited
Broadway, POS
Cellular Planet Limited
Busy Corner Mall, Main Rd,
Cellular Planet Limited
1st Floor New Dial Mall, Arima
Cellular Planet Limited
Plaza Grande, Eastern Main Road,
 Sangre Grande
Cellular Planet Limited
Cipero St, San Fernando
Cellular Planet Limited
Gulf City Mall, La Romaine
Cellular Planet Limited
Market Street, Princess Town
Cellular Planet Limited
Ground Floor, Long Circular Mall,
 St James
Cellular Planet Limited
Gulf City Mall, Low Lands,
Cellular Planet Limited
U-Turn Mall, Wilson Rd,
 Scarborough, Tobago
Next Generation Computing
#10A High Street, Siparia
Next Generation Computing
City Centre Mall, Penal
Wayne's Electronics
#80 Main Road Point Fortin
Nova Quantum
Crown Point Airport, Tobago
Nova Quantum
Piarco International Airport, Piarco

NOTE: Tickets can be purchased ONLY via Cash, Linx and Credit Card payments (no cheques).
Tickets will be on sale from December 29th, 2010 at the bmobile Stores and Dealers listed above.
Persons are allowed to purchase any amount of tickets.
Note: There will be no refund on tickets purchased.
Keep checking the press and listening to the radio for regular updates or sign up online and have information sent directly to you. You can also contact the following for even more details:
  • 800-8788 (TSTT) – available to local customers only
  • 868-625-2534 – available to local and international customers


Monday, December 28, 2009

Don't forget to Vote!!!

The second End of Year Carnival Survey is here and I am once again asking for your participation. This year the poll is hosted by Poll Daddy, which makes it MUCH easier.

So get started by either clicking THIS LINK HERE or the Link Below which will take you to a pop up layer; you may need to disable pop ups to see the survey if you click on the link below.

Please answer all questions as this is mandatory.

Results of the Survey will be published on January 1st, 2010.

Tips On Costume Re Purchase

I have gotten many an email asking about the safety of buying costumes from resale websites such as Fineahban and Carnival Junction. As I have told those persons I personally have never purchased a costume from any of those websites, for the most part  I have never heard any negative reviews apart from sellers jacking up prices.And while there is no guarantee that the advertisers of costumes for sale are indeed honest enough to follow through with the sale after receiving your money here are some tips to ensure that you have some sort of recourse in case the deal goes sour:

*If possible do the costume sale/purchase at the mas camp.This was actually the avenue I took when I had to sell a costume; the buyer of the costume met me  at the mas camp and the sale/purchase was done with an employee bearing witness. I was also able to transfer the costume to the buyer by doing a letter on the spot.

*Always get a receipt. Once you had over money to someone have proof that this was done, you can purchase a recepit book in any stationary store.

*Have all communication done via email and CC (carbon copy) the emails to the mas camp so there is a third party aware of the sale and what was promised.

*Get a written letter (or email with scanned letter and signature of the seller) informing the mas camp that the costume was sold to you and asking that the costume be transfered. Also get copies of the seller's ID and a letter authorizing you to collect the costume if the transfer deadline has passed.

*Beware of persons asking for money but are unwilling to provide you with any documented proof that they are selling you the costume. Both the transfer of money and relevant documents should be done simultaneously.

*Only pay what was paid on the costume; do not pay the entire costume amount if only a deposit was made.

*In the case of fraudulent practices please alert the owners of the websites Fineahban and Carnival Junction so the necessary action can be taken to remove the sellers.

Remember the person selling has an item they want to get rid of, the longer they hold on to it the more of a liability it becomes. As the buyer YOU have the upper hand so do not be anxious in rushing into a sale or think that you need to pay more than it is worth.

I am sure in the coming weeks you will see more costumes coming up for sale on these websites, so be careful in making your purchase and good luck in getting the costume you want!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Carnival In Tobago

Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago does not only take place in Port of Spain, though it may seem like that from the media coverage. Areas all over the country celebrate their own Carnival with jouvert, parade of the bands, steel band compettions from Arima, to San Fernando to Tobago (and many villages in between).I recently came across this information on Carnival Activities and Mas Camps in Tobago, I have never been in Tobago for Carnival, however they do seem to have lots to do if you are interested in the celebrations on the sister isle:

Main events 
TUCO calypso shows every week, including clashes of Tobago calypso tents, Tobago Soca Monarch shows, Tobago Calypso Queen shows
Soca Under the Samaan Tree (2nd week in January)
Soca Spree (1st week in January)
Pan Trinbago preliminary Panorama judging in pan yards throughout the season
Department of Culture’s Carnival Caravan – a traveling show which takes traditional carnival characters and music in villages around Tobago for three weekends preceding Carnival weekend
Junior Carnival Xtravaganza – panorama, calypso, speech band and school masquerade finals
Mas competitions – kings, queens, individuals of the bands and ole mas competions
Tobago House of Assembly’s Inter-Divisional Show – arguably the most attended and watched show on the island at Carnival, it features a Ms. Personality and Calypso Monarch competitions
TUCO Mas – the Windward Calypso Monarch finals and Windward Afro Queen Show; one of the best shows for Carnival in Tobago
Mas Camps
D Hardest Hard Sports and Cultural Club (Moriah): 660-0373
Gloria Stoute and Associates (Montgomery): 631-0419
Judith Aguillera-Nero and Friends (Caanan): 392-1228
Marcellin and Friends (Scarborough): 639-2543
Sanaa (Scarborough): 727-7204 (Dianne McCrimmon)

Buccooneers (Buccoo): 795-4875
Dem Boys (Mason Hall): 686-6984
Dixieland (Mt Pleasant): 774-1255
East Side New Dimension (Belle Garden)
Euphonics Steel Orchestra (Calder Hall)
Katzenjammers (Black Rock): 639-1349
Our Boys (Scarborough): 683-5169
Redemption Sound Setters (Mt Gomery)
West Side Symphony (Patience Hill): 639-5186


Saturday, December 26, 2009

51 Days Till Carniva 2010!

Hope you are getting ready to Palance!

Palance for D Vale Breakfast Party Tickets today; those who know know where you have to be.. good luck! I am going to enjoy the rest of the holiday today, because it is only 51 more days until Carnival 2010!

The SOCA SWITCH is on!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas !

Here is wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and  Happy Holidays!

Eat, drink and be merry.. diet tomorrow!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas Deals

If you still need boots Ami Club Wear has 50% off the WHOLE site, discount code XMAS 50 valid until 12/25/2009. Free shipping on orders over 50.00 too.

And if you become a fan of Color On Pro on facebook you get 20% off their instant eye makeup, discount code FB001.

I used Color On Pro  for Carnival in 2008 on Monday as I only pay for professional makeup on Tuesday, and it worked brilliantly. Review HERE.

If you have no idea how to begin doing your own makeup this is might be worth your while. The only thing is it is somewhat expensive at $22.00US for a kit of 5 pairs , but you can customize your own kit by choosing different colours and split with friends.

And don't forget to check out Sweet 7, she has a discount code for if you are looking for tights.

Dear Santa...

It's Christmas Eve and I know it is sort of late to be throwing out Christmas Wishes, but I think I have been good enough this year to put in a special request plus my list is pretty short!

All I want for Christmas are TWO tickets to D Vale Breakfast Party without having to sell a lung or kidney, not to mention having to go through an interrogation or provide photographic evidence that I have patronized the fete before (especially seeing I was boycotting the fete for the silly ticket selling policy).

For 2010 I have decided to see what the fuss is about, what makes D Vale Breakfast Party so exclusive it is harder to get into than TRIBE. And especially as I heard tickets are already being "pre sold" (sort of like pre registration) can you sneak two under my Christmas tree?


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Scorpion Mas Online

Scorpion Mas is finally online, this somewhat new band for Carnival 2010 can be found at: I must say the costumes look MUCH better on models than when I went to the mas camp last December.

And since I already went to the mas camp last year and took photos of the costumes when the presentation was entitled "The Journey Begins" you can see close up shots of all but  the two new sections HERE.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Soka in Moka 2010

The first All Inclusive Carnival Fete of the 2010, season, Soka in Moka takes place on  Sunday, January 3rd:

Monday, December 21, 2009

Continental Airlines Carnival Fare Sale

Continental Airlines is having a Carnival Fare sale to celebrate Carnival and Mardi Gras, if you do not have a ticket to Trinidad as yet check out the fare sale HERE.

click for large view

End Of Year Survey

The second End of Year Carnival Survey is here and I am once again asking for your participation. This year the poll is hosted by Poll Daddy, which makes it MUCH easier.

So get started by either clicking THIS LINK HERE or the Link Below which will take you to a pop up layer; you may need to disable pop ups to see the survey if you click on the link below.

Please answer all questions as this is mandatory.

Results of the Survey will be published on January 1st, 2010.

Carnival Ambassador For Sale

As seen on FACEBOOK:
click to enlarge:

Carnival Ambassador for TTD $1,000.

Committed to ensuring that all visitors to Trinidad and Tobago have an enjoyable, stress free carnival experience we are offering the above services. This is a new concept geared toward maintaining the magnificent image of our carnival and letting you know we care. As mentioned it is a new concept and we would be seeking to update interested persons as carnival draws near. In the interim we propose constant companionship, advice and assistance during the carnival 2k10 period from well able, friendly, security oriented personnel.

Your own personal Carnival Concierge, of sorts, for a mere $1000.00TT/150.00US? Sounds like an interesting concept but I would have liked more detail as to what a "Carnival Ambassador" entails.

Does constant companionship mean they would accompany you to fetes or on the road as a solo masquerader? Will advice given be akin to what is written on this blog (if so I need to charge for all the free advice doled out over the past 3 years!) and I wonder if assistance means you can hire your drinks runner, man purse and backpack/headpiece holder? Thank God my husband does not charge extra for being my "assistant" on the road!

I do know that certain masqueraders hire extra personal security on the road Carnival Monday and Tuesday . some masqueraders portraying an Individual  get an assistant to help them with their costume  and Ronnie & Caro is offering an assistant/drinks runner for their frontline masqueraders, but a Carnival Ambassador to me is a really intriguing concept! If anyone uses this service for Carnival, please let me know,

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Westshore 5k Carnival Health Burn

Here is a good way to burn off some of those post Christmas pounds and get some stamina for Carnival 2010:

Registration Fee: $30.
Registration Dates: Monday 28th December, 2009 to Friday 9th January, 2010

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jaycees Carnival Queen Show To Return In 2010

After  more than 30 years of absence from the Carnival Calender the Jaycees Carnival Queen Show is set to take place on February 2nd. The queen show is being hosted by JCI Trinidad and Tobago, with the official launch of the Jaycees Carnival Queen Show carded for January 4th 2010.

Contestants will participate in interview, talent. carnival costume, swim wear and evening gown with the topic of focus being Cancer Awareness.

For those who may not know, the Carnival Queen Show was a part of Carnival history in Trinidad and Tobago having been staple of Dimanche Gras night in the 1950s until the Government Appointed  Carnival Development Committee handed over control of the pageant to the Jaycees in 1959. The show was then moved to the Oval on Carnival Saturday night until it's return to the Queens Park Savannah in 1963 until it ended in 1971.

The Carnival Queen Show was not without controversy however, Calypsonian Mighty Sparrow boycotted the Calypso Contest on Dimance Gras 1956 to highlight the unfairness of the prize money awarded to the Calypso King ($50.00) compared to the Carnival Queen who took home over $10,000.00.

When the Jaycees took over the Carnival Queen show the controversy continued as organizers of the event were charged with discrimination as seemingly only contestants of a particular ethnic group were chosen for the show. You can read all about the racism charges leveled against the Jacyees in the book Producing power: ethnicity, gender, and class in a Caribbean workplace By Kevin A. Yelvington, link to Chapter 4 HERE. Suffice it to say that there was never a winner of African descent in the Jaycees Carnival Queen Competition held in Trinidad and Tobago.

In the spirit of the Jaycees designer Wayne Berkley also held a Carnival Queen Show in 1999 where contestants  paraded in gowns and costumes. As diverse as the contestants were the winner who was chosen followed in the Jaycees footsteps as Cherisse Guaranito ,Miss Goldfinger, was crowned Carnival Queen that year.

Hopefully the new Jaycees Queen chosen in 2010 would prove that old stereotypes have been broken in a new century !

Friday, December 18, 2009

Pre Registration Woes

Hi Saucy,

I felt that the public should be aware that pre-registration isn't all it’s thought to be. For the past 2 years I have played with TRIBE and I absolutely love the experience, so much so that I will never play in another band! However, this was the first year I attempted to obtain the costume of my choice via pre- registration. Though I am a TLC card holder, I was advised that this is the best way to ensure that I got the costume of my liking. Prior to the opening of the official registration, registration fees were paid to an individual who claimed to know someone who had a direct link with a Tribe main section leader. Though no receipt was issued, I felt confident handing over $6000.00TT (for 4 of the 11 persons to be registered by this avenue) because this was the same route some of my band mates had taken for Carnival 2K9.

However, lo and behold, when receipts were issued for my section, none was found in my inbox. This bothered me sufficiently enough to contact the mas camp directly. At this point I was informed that there is no costume attached to my name... or any of the names I paid to register. I immediately contacted the individual who received the money and was somewhat rudely informed that everything is ok, the person in question who I will refer to as X, was in Miami for their carnival and it will all be sorted out when X returns. I waited until this point and heard no official word, and then again proceeded to try and get some information about the status of my costume. These calls and facebook messages continued for some months to no avail. This cycle continued until earlier this week I saw the Tribe disclaimer on pre- registration.

By this point I had lost all patience and decided to take matters into my own hand. I contacted the TRIBE Mas camp once again and requested if there were any costumes attached to our names and I got the same response (NB - however, individual X had a costume attached to X's name) . I proceeded to explain the entire situation to them and I was advised to contact X directly and find out what was going on (I must mention that as usual, TRIBE's customer care was very polite and helpful and I was once again impressed with their level of service). Individual X was contacted and I was informed that absolutely none of the 11 persons were registered... in fact it is alleged that the section leader contact that individual X apparently has was actually waiting for registered tribe persons to cancel their orders and then those costumes would POSSIBLY be allocated to us.

This sounded like absolute madness to me- not only would I more than likely not get the section of my choice, I would have to probably fit in someone else's costume that would probably be either too large or tiny... or have some other flaw with it (Mind you none of this was communicated to us in the months of trying to get information, we were always told ' Don't worry you will get your costume). After consultation with some of the other persons who attempted to pre- register and calling TRIBE to update them on my self induced troubles, I have decided to request all the money paid for my group to be returned. Individual X has confirmed to me that this would not be a problem and in fact the money could be returned the following day (which causes me to wonder whether the money ever reached the supposed section leader contact).

I will not be playing mass for 2K10 as previously planned, because I do not believe that any other band could provide me with the same experience that TRIBE can. So, as I await the return of my money I will like to tell all readers that pre- registration isn’t all that..... and if you have your TLC card USE IT , unless you have a direct contact with a committee member or section leader yourself . So I guess I will now be looking forward to mas 2K11 instead...

Absolutely Disgusted

Carnival News Updates

More fetes are being advertised with prices as we draw closer to the new year;  the very popular Outta de Blue XI is $600.00 and Fete With the Saints is $500.00. There are also rumours that *Beach House is $800.00, One Fete is $600.00 and D Vale Breakfast Party is $500.00.. all prices in TT:

*Official word from Beach House in response to the rumours is that the ticket price has not been set as yet. Great, lets hope the price is LESS than the rumour not more!

Machel Montano is keeping good on his word that he is taking a backseat for Carnival 2010 as the long standing  AC 8  concert, which was to take place on February 6th  has been canceled . Another fete that will not be on the fete calender for 2010 is  Georgian Jubilation Fete, hosted by St George's college as this too has been canceled.

Today is another series of "Road Works" by Island People and somehow I think this strategy is working in the band's favor as two more sections have Sold Out Frontlines:



Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blac to Blue

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Beyonce To Perform In Trinidad After Carnival

Beyonce's "I Am" tour will be going to South America in Feburary 2010 and Trinidad and Tobago is the final stop on the itnerary with a concert scheduled for Trinidad at the Oval on Feburary 18th.

You may want to schedule this on your post Carnival Calender as a "cool down" event, seeing as the concert takes place the day after Ash Wednesday; perfect timing right?

So, how many of you will be canceling costumes or fete tickets to go VVIP at the Concert which is sponsored by Bmobile?

The "I AM..." World Tour in South America and The Caribbean

Thu  2/4    Florianopolis, Brazil       Parque Planeta

    Sat  2/6    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil      Maracana Stadium

    Sun  2/7    Sao Paulo, Brazil           Pacaembu Stadium

    Wed 2/10    Salvador, Brazil            Parque de Exposicoes

    Fri 2/12    Buenos Aires, Argentina     Hipodromo de San Isidro

    Sun 2/14    Santiago, Chile             Arena Movistar

    Tue 2/16    Lima, Peru                  Explanada del Estadio Monumental

    Thu 2/18    Port of Spain, Trinidad     Queen's Park Oval


TRIBE ICE 2010 Tickets on Sale

Deadline for TLC ($150) tickets - Mon 28th Dec at 5pm
(Subject to availability)

Tickets available at TRIBE Mas Camp &
through Committee Members

**TRIBE Mas Camp will be closed on Dec 24th & 25th**

Say What?

So News reaching the sauce is that for Carnival 2011 a certain band will NOT be allowing pre registration, not even by private section leaders; the only way you can get a "hook up" to be in the band is through the band leader ONLY! This shift in a long standing policy was because of some bacchanal that took place, it is rumored, one can only guess what drama took place as the word is mum on that situation. But, I can tell you people are STILL getting the hook up even the though the band has been sold out since August!

Well I guess if rumours of the other band are true for 2011 then there will be more than one way to be in with the in crowd. No pre registration? Whatever will the ones who have never lined up to register OR even go online do?

Also, I was told that a certain band flouting registration figures of over 1000 masqueraders to date allegedly only have 500 or thereabouts registered. An improvement from 2009 if this is indeed true, but nothing close to the numbers they were hoping for.

As for the costume quality controversy involving this particular band, well the sauce was reliably informed that the VERY congenial vendor, used to produce costumes, has been showing many people what the samples look like! From reports front line masqueraders should not be worried, and the situation with the regular costumes has been "worked out by the band leader"; lets just hope this is true as well and the final product is just as great as the protoype.

Anyway, word is that the vendor in question was also being sourced by other bands but upon viewing the quality of work was not used, reason giving why this particular band went with said vendor, even though standards were not up to par, is simply because this was the only vendor willing to work within budget even though said vendor knew that the quality of costumes desired would not be attained using the bands budget per costume.

Again these are all ALLEGATIONS and I am reporting it as I get it!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

TRIBE, Fraud Alert!

Well, here is hoping those of you who "registered" in TRIBE through a hook up actually have a costume to collect next year; take heed:


Be Wary of Fraudulent Activity

It has come to our attention that there are persons who are falsely purporting themselves to be representatives of TRIBE. These persons may claim to be either members of the TRIBE Committee or friends of the Committee and/or TRIBE management and seek to collect monies with the promise to register masqueraders in the band.

Please be advised that the ONLY persons who are authorized to collect monies for registration are the TRIBE Mas Camp/office, Committee members and TRIBE Management. TRIBE shall not be held responsible or accountable for monies not directly submitted via these channels.

Please feel free to contact our office to make any enquiries or to report suspicious or potentially fraudulent activity.
TRIBE Management

TRIBE Registration Committee

Danielle Boucaud, Gillian De Freitas, Kevin Homer, Tara Koon How, Sanjay Ablack, Nicole Bovell, Mark Deane, Kevin Ackin, James Phillips, Cherisse Alexander, Tiffany Campbell, Shakka Subero, Ryan Henrique, Jerson Wattie, Rian Ramrattan, Stuart Gillette, Jamie Aqui, Robero Marquez, Anthony Outridge, Rachel Agarrat, Kendall Sharpe, Stephen Homer, Nicholas Patrick, Marvin Carmino, Kristi Ann Chin, Janna Lise Chung, Gina Alfonso Smith, Dexter McShine, Aeron Kalloo, Joel Lynch, Dave Ramroop, Jules Sobian, Sandra Hordatt, Peter Elias, Rhiannon Pemberton, Thais Mc Gowan, Quita Correia, Candice Cozier, Solange Shaw-Gopaul


D Krewe Section Lineup

Now wouldn't it be nice if ALL bands published the lineup in advance of costume pick up?

Band Line up on de road 2010

1. Rainforest

2. Desert

3. Riptide

4. Soufriere

5. Hawk

6. Zulu

7. Comancheros

8. Tsunami

9. Yellow Fever

10. Passion

11. Venom

12. Kindred Spirit

13. Sorcerers

For further information call 622-8834 or 622-1716
email ;

We Lovin De Mas

Monday, December 14, 2009

We Can Wee Wee!!

Breaking news!

After a meeting today with Culture Minister Marlene Mc Donald band leaders FINALLY have a decision on the mobile toilets aka wee wee trucks; the wee wee trucks will NOT be banned for Carnival 2010.

Stipulations in place for all bands using wee wee trucks are that the wee wee trucks cannot be placed to the back of the band, suggestion is that it goes in the MIDDLE, and that the toilets must be cleaned twice for the day.

When contacted, NCBA vice president David Lopez confirmed the meeting, but added that certain conditions applied.

’The bands using the ’wee wee’ trucks will still have to go through the health authority and get approvals. They will also have to get all the relevant licences from the Ministry of Works and Transport. They will have to get final approval from the police to move the trucks on the road,’ he said.

Lopez said the bandleaders must also agree to clean the trucks four times a day-twice in the morning and twice in the evening. The ’wee wee’ trucks must also be positioned at the centre of the Carnival bands.

Although this is great news I am wondering whose bright idea it is to put the wee wee trucks in the MIDDLE of the band? I mean, really does that make more sense than at the BACK?


Trinidad Express

Beach House 2010

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Surviving Christmas Part 2

Now that you know how many calories and carbohydrates are in your favorite alcoholic drinks, here is the nutritional content of the traditional Trinidad Christmas staples:

serving size 86g :Calories 129 Calories from fat 67; Total Carbohydrate 11.9g; Dietary Fiber 1.3g; Sugars 2.3g; Protein 4.4g

Ponche De Creme:
serving size 151g: Clories 272, Calories from fat 63. Total carbohydrate 35.0g; dietary fiber 0.00g; sugars 0.0g; protein 12.1g chloesterol 125.5mg total fat 7.0g, saturated fat 3.6g

serving size 200g/7.05 OZ: Calories 106 From fat4; Total Carb 25.9g; dietary fiber 0.5g; sugars 23.3g; Protenin 1.1g

Egg Nog:
serving size 283g/10oz : Calories 452 from fat 175; Total fat 19.4g Saturated fat 10.3g; Cholesterol 268mg; Total Carb 31.8 Dietary fiber 0.1g Sugars 11.6g Protein 19.1g

Black Cake:
serving size 132g. Calories: 369. Calories from fat: 122. Total fat: 13.5 g. Saturated fat: 7.0 g. Cholesterol: 86.6 mg. Sodium: 173.7 mg. Total Carbohydrate: 48 g. Dietary Fibre: 2.9g. Sugars: 28.3g. Protein: 4.9g

Ginger beer:
serving size 259g/202g : Calories 207/211 Claories from fat 2; Total fat 0.2g Saturated fat 0.1g Cholesterol 0.0mg; Total carb 52.9g/53.6g Dietary fiber 0.9g Sugars 46.6g Protein 0.5/0.7g

Stewed Pigeon Peas:
serving size 128g: Calories 126 From fat 44; Total fat 4.9g Saturated fat 0.7g. Cholesterol 0.0g. Total Carb 17.4g. Dietary fiber 4.4g Sugars 2.9g Protein 4.5g

As you can see it is pretty easy to pile on the calories, and pounds, with just one meal on Christmas Day!

Some tips to help you survive the Christmas Season as Carnival looms ahead:

*Plan your meals in advance especially on Christmas day, look for low fat versions of your favorite dishes, you will be surprised how little changes in ingredients lower calories without sacrificing taste.

*Try to incorporate low carb options as side dishes; instead of rice, potatoes and macaroni pie try sautéed broccoli, salads and baked vegetables(hold the butter); the less choices you have to indulge in the bad foods the better for you.

*Turkey is low in fat and calories as long as you avoid the skin and only eat the white meat, ham lovers eat more turkey!

*Skip the heavy creamy sauces, dressings and condiments, for salads use a vinaigrette. Hold up on the coconut milk in your pigeon peas.

*Don't plan to diet in the New Year and use that as an excuse to binge, eat sensibly and watch your portion sizes ;eat smaller portions as larger portions laid out on your plate make you feel as if you need to clean your plate. Reality is that when the New year rolls around you will only have SIX weeks until Carnival.

*Decide where you are going to "splurge on your calories", will it be alcohol, carbs, sweets or maybe a teeny bit of each?

*Eat protein first and carbohydrates last, yes this goes against the whole West Indian thinking where you savor your meat for the end of the meal.

*Avoid friends and relatives that guilt you into eating "just one more piece of cake", better yet eat at home before going to Christmas parties and limes so when you show up you will be full.

*Even if you stuff your face silly on Christmas day, remember that you do not have to continue doing so! One day of excess does not mean your diet is shot to hell, just put it behind you and continue to eat sensibly the next day.

* Try and get some exercise during all this eating and drinking, go do some laps at the mall!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Surviving Christmas Part 1

Its that time of year again, the time of year when you ask WHY is Christmas so close to Carnival? I feel your pain people, since of course I am on a diet gearing up for Carnival and I refused to be derailed by sorrel, ponche de creme, pastelle and black cake as I have seen the ladies in my section and they all look like the section leader handpicked them from a casting for America's Next Top Model.... I am serious, all gorgeous.

Anyway, I digress, if you are planning on consuming alcohol over the next few weeks as you attend Christmas parties, functions and visit friends for the season please note the calorie and carbohydrate content in your favorite Spirits:

Per 5-oz Serving
0.4 g
100 calories, 2 g carbs
Pinot Grigio
0.4 g
100 calories, 2 g carbs
Zinfandel® White Wine
0.4 g
100 calories, 2 g carbs
Cabernet Sauvignon
0.8 g
100 calories, 4 g carbs
Merlot Red Wine
0.8 g
100 calories, 4 g carbs

Hard Liquor
Per 1.5-oz Serving
0.2 g
64 calories, 0.4 g carbs
Coconut Rum
5.3 g
77 calories, 8 g carbs
Beefeater® Gin
0 g
98 calories, 0 g carbs
Rye Whiskey
0 g
104 calories, 0 g carbs
Scotch Whiskey
0 g
104 calories, 0 g carbs
White Rum
0 g
104 calories, 0 g carbs
0 g
104 calories, 0 g carbs
2 g
104 calories, 3 g carbs
5.3 g
104 calories, 8 g carbs
Gilbey’s® Gin
0 g
119 calories, 0 g carbs

BeerCaloriesCarbsPer 12-oz Serving
"Light" Beer90.5 g108 calories, 6 g carbs
Draft Beer121.1 g144 calories, 13.2 g carbs
Lager141.1 g168 calories, 13.2 g carbs
Ale181.1 g216 calories, 13.2 g carbs

Per 1.5-oz Serving
Chocolate Liqueur
11 g
155 calories, 17 g carbs
Mint Liqueur
11 g
155 calories, 17 g carbs
Peppermint Liqueur
11 g
155 calories, 17 g carbs
Strawberry Liqueur
11 g
155 calories, 17 g carbs

Wine is your best bet in terms of calories per glass, however it does have 2g of carbs per every 5oz, hard liquor like rum or scotch has 0 carbs and if you mix it with diet soda it is not a bad option for a drink either, once you can stop at just A drink. The best advice for those looking to stave off the extra lbs for Christmas is to not drink at all, as the calories in alcohol do add up! I love the options laid out by the author of the blog She Walks Around With It:

Booze not only slows your metabolism, it has lots and LOTS of stupid calories. So like, if you're a girl, and you're aiming to consume 1200 calories a day, and you're an alcoholic, your options go something like this:

Daily Food Intake: Option 1
1/2 grapefruit
1 slice whole grain toast
2 tbs peanut butter
1/4 c cottage cheese
grilled chicken salad
1 apple
2 slices cheese
handful almonds
sensible dinner
Daily Food Intake: Option 2
1 bottle wine
3 potato chips
Basically if you want to survive DRINKING during the Christmas holidays choose your alcohol wisely, drink in moderation, watch the mixers as diet sodas will be the better choice over fruit juice, avoid cocktails and best of all, do not drink at all if you are on a diet. Easier said than done with all the temptation but just think of your costume and the fact that you would have to burn off ALL those calories post Christmas in order for them not to convert to extra lbs!

Tomorrow we discuss Surviving Christmas Part 2.... EATING!

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