Wear the costume to international Carnivals. Seriously, wear your old costume and fall in a band for Miami, Labour Day or Caribana, get as much mileage from that costume as you can! And worse yet if you going to another island's Carnival like Cropover, people will think you area front line H.O. when yuh bruck out your Trinidad costume, because you know our costumes set the standard that others strive to be. Why pay money for a costume to jump up in a band for these Carnivals when you have a perfectly good costume lying home in a box?!
I was informed that Poison UK has a more organized approach to this costume recycling, you pay a band fee to be in their Callaloo section and jump up in any costume from the last 12 months.
Which got me thinking, what if there was that option available to masqueraders visiting for Trinidad Carnival, would you do it? If there was a band offering food, drinks, music and security for two days of revelry (for a fee) and all you had to do was show up in your costume from Caribana, Notting Hill, Labor Day or Miami, would you take that offer up and what would be the most you are willing to pay for it? Lets hear your thoughts on that one, drop me a comment!
Finally, would you wear your Trinidad Carnival Costume at another Carnival? Vote in the poll!