I absolutely love your blog and after being an avid follower for over 1.5 years I've finally decided to send this email :)
I had a great time this year in Tribe...aside from maybe year no. 1, I don't remember having such a good time, even with the rain. I loved my costume Bird Of Paradise FL, with the exception of the leg pieces which never made it out of the house because no matter what I did they wouldn't stay on...oh and the diamantes that managed to create runs in multiple pairs of tights, even though I coated them with tons of clear nail polish (is there something else that I could have done?).
I was very upset initially to learn that BOP was the second to last section, but it worked out for the best, the DJ for our cluster was good, no rush for our drinks truck, we were close to the wee wee trucks and there was plenty space to carry on!! My crew now actually wants to be in the back of the band next year.
The security was the best ever, all of those guys worked really, really hard!!!
There were however a few things that I hope Tribe would consider doing differently
I get that we will probably never get Monday wear from Tribe; but at least hook those of us interested in some coordinated Monday wear up with a designer doing something specific for each section...I loved the outfits I saw for Brazilian Macaw and African Lovebird.
If Tribe doesn't decrease the size of the band, then they are going to need to find somewhere larger to have lunch (maybe St. Mary’s grounds which is right around the corner) and provide more blankets and tents. Because there are now way too many people in that space and as a result we had an unpleasant experience with a young ‘lady’ over a blanket/spot/shade, that we chose to leave the band and head to the park early to secure.
Whilst overall the security was excellent, the security that controlled the movement of the band through the Savannah judging point was a mess. We were towards the back of our section (moving forward all the time) and were physically pushed forward on to masqueraders in front of us by the line of security personnel. They were so aggressive that we found it uncomfortable and eventually moved to the middle of the section. I don’t understand the reason for the manhandling and would love if someone could explain it to me.
All in all Carnival 2009 was a good one, though all the way through the season something seemed to be missing, not quite sure what though…all of the 9 or so fetes I went to were good…Carec or whatever its now called was the only one that I thought was a little odd/off and not quite worth the time it took me to get dressed.
Thanks for keeping all of us informed throughout the year, keep up the excellent work!!!