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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Destra Fireworks Trinidad Carnival 2010

Question of the Day ...

This one is left for you, readers to answer.

How would  you feel if a designer, section or band leader took the decision to switch materials in the costume prototype to cheaper versions of the same ? Lets say replace Swarovski Crystals with Acrylic Rhinestones, how would you, the masquerader feel about receiving a final product that is not EXACTLY as advertised? Do you think the cheaper materials will affect the overall look of the costume? And how would you deal with this situation come collection day IF the costume looks noticeably inferior?

Please leave your comments below, because I am VERY interested in the response to these questions. Seems like when it comes to certain bands they need to hear from the masqueraders before they continue bait and switch practices! Maybe it is NOT to late to get your voices heard on this situation.

And for those wondering if this is a campaign to malign any one band, please note that my concern is not for the band leaders, who should have done proper post launch costing on the actual price of their costumes, but for YOU masqueraders. I think you have the right to know when things are going askew as well as give you the opportunity to express your feelings on the matter because the band leaders ARE reading! You have paid your money for your costume, they need to hold up their end of the contract and give you what you paid for.

Trinidad Carnival Diary is so sorry certain bands are feeling victimized; I am NOT bored and I am not blocking any information on the band I am playing with. If you have a scoop please send an email at with information  you think I should know about.

Trinidad Carnival Diary only reports on the FACTS divulged by persons in the know who have something to complain about... .if your band's costume materials were not an issue then I would have nothing to write!

Hope your flight to China this weekend means you are going to fix your problems and give your masqueraders what they paid for!

p.s. This is in response to the "message" that was sent to Trinidad Carnival Diary with accusations of victimization by the band leader of a certain band who was never mentioned in any of my previous posts.

Boots By Afro Chic

Today's Carnival Services review is of Boots By Afro Chic, remember to send your reviews to

I have played mas for too many years in various states and countries. I have however just picked up your blog late, only 2007 so I NEVER knew that there was something called spirit gum to stick on the gems to my face or to 'dressup' your carnival footwear! I used to put on the gems with clear nail polish and only bought boots that matched my costumes color. When I stumbled unto your blog one of the first posts I read was about Afro Chic and her 'fab footwear'. I was one of the fortunate ones that got on board to have her 'beat up' my boots for carnival year 2009.

From the beginning to the end was smooth. I sent Afro Chic my boots that I played mas in in New York for Labor Day, which was sweeeeet, she wasn't picky about using 'brand new' boots. Nor was she picky about how she received them. I had my husband drop them off at a location they agreed upon as I live in Florida and he in Trinidad. The deposit was simple as well, I send Afro Chic her money via western union. I actually sent the money Western Union without even leaving my house. I did it over the computer! From me, Afro Chic needed to know the name of the band that I was in and if I were playing frontline or backline. That was pretty much it. The boots that I sent were some black boots that were to the knee and that were ripped to the back (to open them up) and then I professionally had holes placed in them so that I could put some 'string' in them to match the costume in New York. I was afraid that she wouldn't be able to work with the boots as I altered them already. I sent her the before pictures of the boots (them being black still and with the pink and green lacings to the back). When I spoke to her, she told me that the black boots I sent her were the best color and material for her to work with. I was in my glee!

Pick up was just as easy, I picked up the boots from her husband at his workplace in town (Port of Spain) and to my surprise, my boots came, in a box, with my name on the side, some glitter should I have needed it, a calendar with Afro Chics logo on it and the baddest, wickedest pair of boots I have EVER seen that matched my costume EXACTLY! I played in Island People's Ocean Whispers Frontline and down to the shells that were on my costume were ON MY BOOTS OKAY!!!!! I was in love.

I wore my boots on Carnival Tuesday with pride, it was my birthday and I wanted to look good. I got compliments from damn near everybody who had either spoken to me or asked me for my picture. All who asked I told them where I got my boots from (I normally wouldn't have) but I saw quite a few people in my section that got their boots done by Afro Chic and I didn't see anything close to one another. (I think mine were the best though). So she good, she have it like that!

All in all, my boots were loved by ALL and I will never play mas without a boots from Afro Chic again. She did her thing and I cant wait to see what she doing with a pair of sandals I sent her for my 2010 BINDI costume!

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