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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

More Theme 2011..

It seems like September is going to be a slow Band Launch month with just two carded thus far, Gems on September 18th and Genesis on September 26th.

But October is a super busy month with Pulse 8 (October 1st),  Trini Revellers, (October 3rd)  Brian Mc Farlane (October 8th) D Krewe (October 23rd) and  Legacy all launching in what is now considered "late" in the season.

Image Nation and Wee International have not announced a launch date as yet nor have I heard if Jhalwa, Scorpion Mas, Harvard Revelers, D Harvard Boys and Kaotic will be returning for another season.





Monday, August 30, 2010

Carnival 2010 Reviews - A Compilation

With so many bands to choose from, new and old, some of you have been asking my opinions on the alternatives  to the popular bands such as TRIBE.

Since my experience has only been with Harts and TRIBE (of the bands still in existence) I decided to compile all the reviews sent in post Carnival 2010 so that you can read and form your own opinion, hopefully this helps in the decision making process. If I do not have a review of a particular band that means one was not sent in.

You can also check out my post "Blogging the Carnival Experience" for personal reviews of Carnival 2010 as well as Afro Chic, Wining Criminals, Haitian Queen and Carnival Addicts.


TRIBE
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/tribe-carnival-2010-good-bad-and-the.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/tribe-2010-review.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/tribe-2010-review-2.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/tribe-2010-review-3.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/tribe-2010-review-4.html

Island People
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/island-people-review.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/island-people-review_18.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/island-people-review_8170.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/island-people-2010-review-2.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/island-people-2010-review-4.html

Harts
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/harts-carnival-2010-review.html

Spice
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/spice-2010-review.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/spice-2010-review-2.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/spice-2010-review-3.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/spice-2010-review-4.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/spice-carnival-band-good-bad-ugly.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/spice-2010-review-6.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/spice-2010-review-7.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/spice-2010-review-7_28.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/spice-2010-review-9.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/spice-2010-review-10.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/spice-experience.html

Trini Revellers
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/trini-revellers-feedback.html

Brian Mc Farlane
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/brian-mc-farlanes-resurrection-mas.html

Ronnie and Caro
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/ronnie-and-caro-2010-review.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/ronnie-and-caro-2010-review-2.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/ronnie-and-caro-2010-review-3.html

D Krewe
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/d-krewe-2010-review.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/global-review-2010-army-fete-tribe.html

Mas Jumbies (jouvert)
http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/ms-jumbies-jouvert-2010-review.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/02/mas-jumbies-jouvert-2010-review-2.html

http://www.trinidadcarnivaldiary.com/2010/03/mas-jumbies-jouvert-2010-review-3.html

Roam Mas The Review

Many thanks to Trinidad Events for attending the Roam Mas Launch of their Carnival 2011 presentation "Wo-Man-Ish" last night on my behalf (still ill!). Roam Mas is another new band, band leader is Roger Hicks. Roam Mas can be found on Facebook, Fan Page for Womanish HERE.

You can visit Trinidad Events for a review of the launch and all photos were taken by Trinidad Events, hope you enjoy the costumes!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

How to Respond When Social Media Attacks Your Brand... Excellent Tips!

Thanks to Afro Chic for highlighting this article, "How to Respond When Social Media Attacks Your Brand", by Stephanie Marcus.

In an era where people have been accusing bloggers of making AND breaking Carnival bands I think this is SPOT ON advice for the bandleaders to read, especially the ones saying certain bands are kissing the bloggers asses!

For all the praise that brand advertisers have for social media, they must be aware that it's very much a double-edged sword. And for all the free marketing, advertising and brand promotion via Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and other platforms used to help build an identity and relationship with your customers, it can just as quickly turn on you and your brand.

Social media disasters occur for a number of reasons, the first being that your company probably messed up. It may not have been intentional, but something, somewhere down the line, went wrong enough for someone to complain and was wrong enough for others to vocalizing that complaint en masse. One mistake is all it takes for social media to turn against your brand.

No one is perfect and you can't expect to please everyone all the time, so the best trick is to be prepared for how to handle things if your company finds itself under attack in the social realm. Here are three examples of companies who were attacked by social media and how they handled, or should have handled the situation. Learn from their mistakes or successes so you can stay on social media's good side.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

Ronnie And Caro Band Launch Pics


Carnival Jumbie was invited to the launch of Ronnie and Caro's Band Launch of their Carnival 2011 presentation "Survivors" and she extended the invitation to Afro Chic and myself. Seeing as I am still not recovered from  the flu  I skipped this one, but both of them had this launched covered and I look forward to their reviews.

You can view Carnival Jumbie's photos HERE , Afro Chic's photos HERE as well as Trinidad Events has a really good gallery of photos HERE.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

TRIBE Is Sold out..



The Usual TRIBE Post Registration.. Post!

It is one hour, approximately, after the start of TRIBE's registration for TLC holders which for the first time took place ONLY online. At this time only two female costumes remain, Artic Warriors and Sashura. If you want to amuse yourself you can check out the TRIBE Facebook Fanpage where people are slowly dying over not getting into TRIBE or you can scurry over to Carnival Junction where incredibly costumes are already up for sale and swap!

There must be some TRIBE fairy sitting on my shoulder because every year for online registration I can not only get into the system, I can also go right through to the point of paying , getting my costume and last year when the system crashed I was able to stay inside for hours watching them juggle costumes around.

I follow the same advice that I dole out to everyone, and yes I know sometimes things happen like with credit cards not going through and the like, but most of the people who I know that get through online each year also follow these steps, which is really pure common sense. 

You cannot wait until registration has started to ask for a link to the page, you should have that page open along with the word document where you have already typed up your billing information, email and telephone number to cut and paste in the required fields. Also remember to choose the down payment figure if that is all you are paying or else the default option is FULL PAYMENT and your Credit Card May not have the required funds. It is also important to know your 3 digit security code on your credit card, enter the expiry date and year in the EXACT format and  billing address must be the same address listed on the credit card; oh the perks of being a rabid online shopper!

So with that said this was me 5 minutes before registration began, my login info already saved on the page so all I had to do was click for username and paste my password:


And when I got into TRIBE's registration page this is what I saw, all sections except the Gladiator Male Individual were showing as available. 







SOLD OUT order went like this, in a a matter of minutes, reading from bottom up:

ARCTIC MALE SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

ARCTIC WARRIORS AND SASHURA FEMALE LEFT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

MONGOL FIGHTERS SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

MONGOL FRONTLINE SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

GLADIATOR AND MONGOL FEMALE SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

SASHURA MALE SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

ALSO FEMALE GLADIATORS AND MALE KNIGHTS STILL OPEN
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

ARCTIC, MONGOL AND SAHSURA LEFT!
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

MASAI SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR FEMALE SOLD OUT, GLADIATOR MALE INDIVIDUAL SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR FL SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

AMAZON, IROQUOIS SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

MAYAN EAGLE SOLD OUT, MASAI FEMALE SOLD OUT, AMAZON FEMALE SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

XI AN FEMALE SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

MAYAN EAGLE FL WITH BACK PACK SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

PERSIAN GOLD SOLD OUT, IROQUOIS FL SOLD OUT, AMAZON FL SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

GLADIATOR MALE SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

XI AN FL SOLD OUT
about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck

So if you are still holding out for a TRIBE costume, this is what is left for the ladies,all MALE costumes sold out. Or, here is an idea... there are other bands open for registration with lovely costumes! Maybe you should check them out! If not, good luck choosing between Arctic Warriors and Sashura, I would go with the former! Personal choice.





Where To Find Bras and Corsets ?

For the ladies looking for corsets to send in to their band of choice for decoration, that is if they are offering this service, you can get seamless nude or black bustier here and here. If you live in Trinidad Wonderful World and Sincerely Yours also carry the "Seamless Bridal Corset":


And if you want a Corset that comes in colours to match your costume, I do like the Fredericks of Hollywood Dream Corset as well.You can get it in a variety of colours from yellow to purple to pink!


I also want to add that Victoria Secrets now have metallic gold and silver  "Naked" bras and undies! I bought these, so will give you a review and photos when they arrive:


And finally, for ladies looking for bras that are DD+ Figleaves has a wide range up to size 52G.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Island People's Website Is Up....

These bands are not playing! Website is up and registration begins tomorrow, exactly one week after their launch.Not only that but the social media presence on Facebook for both Island People and Spice have grown leaps and bounds since the days when they did not even communicate with their masqueraders:


Spice has also added a 360 Degree Panorama of their Mas Camp to their website....touche!

Click on the photo below for your 360 view.

Important TLC Registration InformationThursday, August 26, 2010 9:49 PM


TRIBE LOYALTY CARD (TLC)
MASQUERADER REGISTRATION

Please read ALL information below carefully.

DATE: Sat 28th Aug & Sun 29th Aug (subject to availability)

TIME: 12noon - 6:00pm

PLACE: ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY -Your username and 4 digit TLC code are required

PAYMENT: CREDIT CARD ONLY (VISA &MASTERCARD)


NO In-House registration at Cascadia Hotel or at the Mas Camp. Online Registration is NOT 24hrs a day. The registration site will be opened during the specific registration times of 12noon - 6pm ONLY.


ONLINE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS:
Please follow these simple steps
Go to http://registration.carnivaltribe.com
Enter your username
Enter your 4 digit TLC code as your password
Click Submit
Select your costume of choice
Select your meal choice (Vegetarian/Non-vegetarian)
Enter your measurements
Click "Select Costume"
Please review your selection and Terms & Conditions
Enter your credit card billing information
Select your payment amount (Downpayment or Full Payment)
Click "Make secure payment"
Print transaction page, for your records
Important Advisory: When costume registration begins for TLC holders, please be assured that ALL SECTIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

We recognize that there is an increased demand for costumes this year and while we would like to accommodate everyone in their preferred section, we recommend that masqueraders have more than one choice, as each section has a fixed quota.

Please Note: All transactions are conducted in US$. The conversion amount will be determined by your bank or credit card provider at the time of billing. This amount will be reflected in your credit card statement. Some banks/credit card providers may charge an additional convenience fee.


MEASUREMENTS/SIZES REQUIRED TO REGISTER:

FEMALE:
Bra Size (34B, 36C, 38DDD, etc)
Hipband (Belt) Size in Inches (32, 34, 36 etc)
Bathing Suit Type ( Bikini , Whole piece, Tankini)
Bikini Bottom Piece Type (Regular, Thong, Hot Shorts, Tankini-cut)
Bikini Bottom Size (XS, S, M, L, XL)

MALE:
Waist Size (34”, 36”, etc.)


MINIMUM DOWN PAYMENT:

Floor Member Female / Male - $1500 TT or $250 USD
Frontline - $3000 TT or $500 USD

IMPORTANT: Carnival costumes are custom-made items therefore please be advised that once registration is complete there will be:

• NO exchange or switching of sections.
• NO refund of deposit.
• NO changing of measurements or sizes
• NO costume transfers

REGISTRATION HOTLINES:
For queries and questions during registration, please call our registration hotlines

(868) 347- 4944 or (868) 314 - 4156

These hotlines are active during registration hours ONLY.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Where Do We Draw The Line?

Have you noticed that the Bands these days are giving masqueraders more options when it comes to costume choices? With these new options comes with it  the chance for masqueraders to choose a costume according to their budget but it also brings a confusion of sorts on the hierarchy of "lines" when it comes to Frontline, Backline and everything in between. Masqueraders today love spending their money for the extra exclusivity of belonging to the Frontline club, not to mention the extra five minutes of fame afforded frontliners by allowing them to cross the stage first. But  the question has to be asked, is the appeal of the Frontline being undermined with all these choices.. and if we were to do a section hierarchy where does everyone fall in? 

First off we have the regular backline costume, which in some cases is not even "regular" as it comes with the option of a small or large headpiece. If you choose the large headpiece does that make you Backline Plus?

Backline



Backline Plus


Then we have the Frontline costume with the addition of extras like a backpack , wire bra or a much larger and grander headpiece than even the Backline option with the large headpiece. I call these the Frontline Fully Loaded:

Frontline Fully Loaded




But, there is a new category of Frontliners, the one with either a different body wear to the backline or just a bigger headpiece and none of the "extras" that makes you Frontline Fully Loaded, these are the  Frontline Lite: 

Frontline Lite


So, we now have Backline, Backline Plus, Frontline Lite and Frontline Fully Loaded. And if you are playing in YUMA the Backline also has the option of buying a BACPACK  (Taurus,  Oracle) or Collar (Pisces) which is also an option for Frontline and adds a whole new category, is this now the Mid Line? And in the Line Up is the Backline With Back Pack (Mid Line) a step ahead of Frontline Lite? Confused yet?

Personally I think Frontline Fully Loaded is the ONLY way to go if you are playing a TRUE frontline, GO BIG OR STAY HOME is our motto; to me if you are not Frontline Fully Loaded you are just a nicely decked out Backline Betty...sorry. However I know many masqueraders want the drama of the frontline costume without all the extras that they think is too much hassle on the road (blasphemy)! But I think we are reaching comical status now on how many "lines" there are in costuming for women and now  we want to  define exactly what each "costume line" means so masqueraders will know their place when crossing the great and almighty stage because honestly, none of this matters otherwise !

So, is having more choice a good thing or is this just going to cause more confusion and animosity on the road when you can no longer differentiate between the Backline Betty and the Frontline H.O. and everyone  else who paid good money for their costume extras and who want to be FIRST when crossing the stage? What does a Frontline mean to you and really, do you even care? Thoughts, opinions, weigh in! 


Spice Registration Day 1, YUMA Registration Day 2 and Harts Registration Day 3...

The race to Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2011 heated uop yesterday as Spice joined the other bands launched thus far and started registration. There was a little hiccup online with Spice's website but this was remedied a few hours later. The only thing to note is that online registration is only for those living outside of Trinidad and Tobago, locals have to register in person.

After seeing Carnival Jumbie's photo of a solitary figure waiting to register when the mas camp opened around noon, I headed there after work to see if the crowds had picked up. I am happy to report that by the time I got there potential masqueraders were streaming in and out the Show Room and I also inquired of a few who were there if they were there to register and got the affirmative answer. So, it may have been a slower pace than their neighbor's one street over but looks like Spice is finishing this race slow and steady... well I hope so!



Since YUMA is walking distance from Spice I decided to see how Day 2 of their registration was shaping up. The show room was packed with people viewing costumes and I did see a few exiting the door that is at the separate entrance for registration.  Aquarius Individual was on show and when I asked if it was available still I was told ALL YUMA's Individual Costumes have been sold with the exception of Taurus Male. Way to go YUMA, those costumes are not cheap with a starting price of $12,000.00TT but they do come with promises of VIP service of the road and loads of extras. No wonder so many Individual Masqueraders left another band to go over to YUMA!



Harts Mas Camp was the quietest of the three, all withing walking distance of each other, but they also boast two SOLD OUT Sections, Chryscolla and Howlite.



Island People opens their Mas Camp tomorrow so it will be interesting to see their first day response and registrations continue this weekend with Island People Past Masquerader Registration and TRIBE's first phase of TLC registrations. Although TRIBE and Bliss have been pretty quiet I bet come Sunday TRIBE will once again hold the distinction of being the first band to be completely SOLD OUT for the Carnival 2011 Season.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Spice Signature Collection Prices

Sha Jahaan:
Regular/Backline: TT$3895, Male: TT$2795, Frontline: TT$6395

Jubilee:
Regular/Backline: TT$3695, Male: TT$2795, Frontline: TT$5795

Canary Frost:
Regular/Backline: TT$3595, Male: TT$2795, Frontline: TT$4595

Walk of Fame:
Regular/Backline: TT$3695, Male: TT$2795, Frontline: TT$5395

Bordeaux Beauty:
Regular/Backline: TT$3895, Male: TT$2895, Frontline: TT$4395

Vines of Syrah:
Regular/Backline: TT$3895, Male: TT$2795, Frontline: TT$5895

Tuscany Sunset:
Regular/Backline: TT$3795, Male: TT$2895, Frontline: TT$5695

Carnival Vicuna:
Regular/Backline: TT$3695, Male: TT$2895, Frontline: TT$5495

Peruvian Splendor:
Regular/Backline: TT$3895, Male: TT$2895, Frontline: TT$5695

Dupioni:
Regular/Backline: TT$3495, Male: TT$2895, Frontline: TT$5395

Haute Couture:
Regular/Backline: TT$3895, Male: TT$2895, Frontline: TT$5395

Tres Chic:
Regular/Backline: TT$3795, Male: TT$2795, Frontline: TT$5495

Vogue:
Regular/Backline: TT$3795, Male: TT$2695, Frontline: TT$5395

Just Friends - Dancing With The Stars

Looking for an alternative to the expensive all inclusive bands? Tired of the "BBF" (bikini, beads and feathers)? Want a smaller, intimate experience?

Just Friends, launched in 2009, have costumes that range from $1000.00 to 1225.00TT all inclusive, deposit is $400.00TT and they have online registration! Check out Just Friends Carnival 2011 offering "Dancing With The Stars" here, on their website, for the full complement of all 7 sections:

Dancing The Bollywood

Dancing the Waltz



Island People Registration Information



ISLAND PEOPLE MAS OPENING TIMES.....

Friday 27th August,2010 - PUBLIC VIEWING: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Saturday 28th August, 2010 -Past Masqueraders Registration ONLY: 12 Noon - 4:00pm

Monday 30th August, 2010 - Past Masqueraders Registration ONLY: 11:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday 31st August, 2010 - CAMP CLOSED - PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Wednesday 1st September, 2010 - Public Registration - OPEN: 11:00am - 6:00pm
PLEASE NOTE:
Mas camp has now moved to 50 O'Connor Street in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain, which is at the corner of O'Connor Street and Warren Street.

The new telephone numbers are: 622-8145 and 622-9857.
email: info@islandpeoplemas.com

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

YUMA Costume Close Ups

YUMA Registration Day 1- The Aftermath


Once again leading up to YUMA's registration The Sauce was accused of inciting panic and hysteria telling people that sections were sold out owing to "pre registration" taking place at YUMA since last week. But as I predicted Frontlines were SOLD OUT in record time today, I did tell you that the race will be for the swiftest!

Never fear, all those waiting for online registration will be happy to know that a certain number (not given) have been reserved, but again I will advise if you want a frontline costume you better be practicing your page refresh and have all your information filled out in WORD so all you need to do is copy and paste, no time for typing!

SOLD OUT UPDATE (FOR MAS CAMP SALES): FRONTLINES: ORACLE, PISCES, TAURUS, SCORPIO and AQUARIUS. Costumes have been reserved for online registration. . Online Registration date and time to be announced.

Not wanting to be left out of the excitement,  I was there  at the Mas Camp today to get a closer view of the costumes  as well as to observe the start of registration . Masqueraders were lined up very patiently waiting to get registered and up until the time I left most were quite happy that they had gotten their first choice of costume. Lots of people were there to look  at costumes as well, registration takes place independently of showroom viewing so you could look at the costumes at your leisure.



What I liked was that there were lots of staff on hand to answer questions but they were not intrusive and basically left me alone to scrutinize costumes to my heart's content!  They were also offering you the option to get sized and up to a D cup you get the 17 way bra which can be worn in 17 different styles.



Yes, I saw the Ipad showing off the professional shots, very nice, and I do like that you can get 360 views of some of the frontlines. The costume display is very much in the vein of how Island People sets up their showroom so I can see where they got that idea.

Registration continues for the rest of the week and I will be very interested in seeing how fast and which sections sell out, here is hoping all of you who registered today had a good experience and those waiting to register, good luck in getting the section of your choice.




Oasis Website Is Up!


I am still laughing at the little message Oasis sent out with their announcement, Oasis was that part for me?

Dont hold we back!!! Some tried but we won't stop!!

Our website has been launched!! www.oasiscarnival.com

Your new home for what you love most about carnival!!!

Oasis
I love it .....Do you?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Spice and Hilton Team Up For Carnival 2011

Take note future Spicers !

Roam Mas for Carnival 2011?

It is very strange that I am only now hearing about this new band for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2011, especially since the launch is due to take place this coming Sunday. All information posted below is as received via email, further investigations into yet another new band is ongoing:

Wo-Man-ish ‘the story’

Our first presentation if the story of the mas camp, the engine room that is ready from Ash Wednesday waiting to present the next year's mas.
Mission:
“Made in Trinidad” carnival productions.

Delivering fashionable costumes with creative designs.

The thematic presentations will encompass a true
Trinidad Carnival experience of mas, food and music.

Our productions will include all skill demonstrations of couture, wire work, cane work, and sculpture. Setting a strong example of professionalism and excellence at all times.
Products:
"Wo-Man-Ish" 2k11 presented by Roam Mas Band

Band Launch

Sunday 29th August 2010
6 p.m. to midnight

Bacchanal City
(opp Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road, POS)

Advance Tickets: $100

324-6933
372-6232
775-6734
722-3957
758-9641
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