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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Island People has extended Fast Track...

To be honest I didn't even know when was the deadline for fast track; this came via email from Island People Mas today:

Hey Masqueraders,

Excitement is building as we countdown to showing off our ‘Heaven on Earth’- it’s what’s you make it. Many of you, in light of the single pay day between now and Carnival Monday have asked us to extend the deadline for Fast Track payment system. We’re happy to let you know that Fast Track will now be available until February 04, 2009.

Fast Track allows for easy collection of your costume during distribution. Since your personal information has already been submitted and your payment approved, it makes the process simpler and more convenient for you.

The deadline for payment of costumes (other than Fast Track) is tied to the distribution schedule which will be communicated to you soon.

Remember, if you have questions please feel free to send for additional information at:


The fun has just begun!

Outwitted, Out Maneuvered, Out Played???

So every year I obsesses over the line up, I think by now it is common knowledge that I personally prefer not to be at the back of the band. However much you may not care where your section is placed, I do. Anyway sources have informed me that the line up for TRIBE has been done and my section is placed somewhere between 10 to 15!!

The reason why this news makes it even more interesting is that the lineup was not done by Super Mo Mo this year and the persons in charge of that job threw every theory I have complied out the window! As far as I am hearing one designer has THREE sections in the top five, while others have all their sections placed at the back! Not to mention that Pheasant is leading the band and no offense to anyone in this section, it is pretty, but I do think the colour is a little dull to be first. Something vibrant should lead the way but I guess it is numero uno because the President is in it.

In addition the flow of the colours, in my brain at least, does not seem to be working.... brown, followed by blue then followed by pink and orange? Huh? Anyway what do I know since I am not the expert, though I fully agree that Caged Canary needs a top 5 spot at least; that costume is absolutely gorgeous and will have maximum impact on the road.

And before you think I am a prima donna about section placement for 2009 I am wholly embracing not being #1 and was quite willing to settle for a section in the top 5. However I find it insulting to the designer of my section to place this FABULOUS costume at #10 and I am not just saying that because I am in it. The beauty would be lost in the back, just like what happened with Fireman in 2007 !!!

Other sections I heard placed to the back are Spangled Cotinga and Brazilian Macaw, now tell me if that makes sense as two of THE most popular sections they are bringing up the rear? Macaw has something like 60 frontlines! And Cotinga is the largest section in the band. The creme de la creme is that Hummingbird is placed with the Red 96.7 truck! In all the years playing with TRIBE I have never known a section where Lana is playing that is NOT near that truck! In fact every single norm that I have come to expect for the lineup has been changend!

Hopefully that Member's Guide was not sent off to the printers and someone would hand over the job of a proper section lineup to whom it belongs,afterall I don't call her "Super Mo Mo" for nothing!

Decorating Supplies ..

Samaroos in Trinidad has a 50% sale on this weekend (remember they now open on Sundays) so it is prime time for getting all the necessary sequins, glitter, spray paint, glue, beads and feathers needed to decorate boots, bling cups and even to spruce up your costume. I will be checking out the sale personally in a few hours as I need supplies to decorate my boots.

For those of you not in Trinidad however you can get supplies online at stores that sell trim and braid . However if you live in New York it is best to visit them in person as two bloggers did last weekend. Squeezle and Franny braved the cold and headed downtown, covering several blocks, to score some "bling" for boots and for their costumes.

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As a bonus you can also scour the area for some accessories on the cheap! Remember to negotiate the best prices as well as it is a huge area with lots of shops so be prepared to do a lot of walking. So grab a girl friend and go get some bling!

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