Disclaimer: It has been rumoured that I work with Dkrewe,and that is simply why I usually why I don't have anything bad to say about them. Dkrewe is a band that over the years I have found a costume that screams my name. I continue to support Dkrewe for the mere fact that I have FUN on the road with them and they treat each and every masquerader as part of their "family" Talk Done.
Collection.I was called to collect my costume firstly on Wednesday 10th February, but was given a courtesy call informing me that my costume would not be ready for collection until Saturday 13th. Reason I was given was that the belt pieces were running small. (SMH). This was deja vu all over again and I was very concerned that I would have to choose another section at the very last minute (as what happened the previous year). I held my tongue and waited for Saturday. I went to the mas camp on Saturday with the intention of asking for a refund if my costume was not ready and I had to come back another time or if my section was scrapped and i had to choose another on. At the mas camp there were two windows, one for paid in full customer and the other for customers with a balance to pay off. I joined the paid in full line which only had about three people in front of me. I got my wristbands, receipt and was instructed to head to the school yard across the road to collect my costume. At the school, I showed my receipt to a very confused looking lady. She started looking for my costume and then was distracted when someone else called her.
I stood there thinking that she was going to go back to it, but instead started to attend to some other people. Luckily Akeel (BIG UP AKEEL) and Lisa (BIG UP LISA) came and took my receipt and started organising my stuff. I got my bag and inspected my stuff and to my HORROR !!!!!! the "special" pants I had ordered was not there ( but it was a gamble anyway as they could not confirm that they could do what I had asked for.) I bit my tongue and inspected the pants that were provided. It was too small. Akeel immediately noticed it and said that he will change it and give me plain white pants in a larger size. When he came back he also brought my headpiece and it was then, that whatever bad thoughts I had about dkrewe simply vanished. I cannot stress how much I loved my costume. If possible I think it turned out even better than the prototype. I definitely went home a happy camper.
MondayMeeting time for the band was 11 am however the band didn't pull out until closer to 12. Monday was great, I saw many great designs and alterations to the wrap that the ladies got. My personal vote for Best design to the woman who made a poncho out of hers and lined the edges with trim. Hats off to you ( you know who you are !!!).Now word reaching me is that one of the music trucks was in some accident the night before and so for the first hour on the road Monday we only had one music truck, which made crossing Adam smith judging point Boring, luckily a second truck joined us shortly after French street and everything was "A" ok for the rest of the day.
TuesdayMeeting time for Tuesday was at 8 am and the band did not stick, we were on the road shortly after 8. My section was # 11 and initially I was not too pleased about being in the back. But hey they had to save the best for last right? Sorcerers got two thumbs down from me at their launch, but I said at the time that I will keep my final judgement for after carnival when I see them on the road. They looked good on the road actually, All other sections looked nice on the road as I had predicted. I am yet to find out why Soufriere was scrapped though.I thought it was a nice costume.
While waiting on charlotte street (somewhere between Rosary Boys and the hospital) a guy(stormer) snatched a phone out of one of our masqueraders hand, he (foolishly) attempted to run through the band knocking over a few masqueraders in his plight for escape. Security was in him like white on rice. About two minutes later I saw him being escorted to the back of the band by our security and a further two minutes later, he was in the back of a police van being "booed" by the band as he was taken away. KUDOS TO SECURITY.
Costumes· Held up on the road.· Were as the prototypes.· Look great on the road (including sorcerers).· 9 out of 10 palances.Music/DJ· Music was pretty much decent, apart from the one truck thing happening monday morning.· DJ's need to know the direction to send masqueraders, too many times we were told to move the right or left of the truck, only to be told it's the other side .· 8 out of 10 palances.Security· MUCH better than 2009 !!!· Of course it had some slackers, but for the most part security did what they were supposed to do.· 2010 was the first year Dkrewe used the rope and I must say that i was opposed to it before, but i all for it now, keep the rope. it may be a hassle for the security to maintain that rope but it keeps the masqueraders that much safer.· 10 out of 10 palances.Drinks· The drinks truck was too tall for a quite a number of people ( i kinda tallish so meen had no problem).· Variety was pretty decent, and what i was drinking didnt run out at all.· 8 out of 10 palances.Food/Snacks· It would be unfair for me to score the food this year as I did not have lunch from the band but from what I was told from my friends the food tasted great.· Thanks for giving us a lunch stop as well.it was nice to sit and have lunch this year.Overall I give the band 8 out of 10 Palances( don’t ask about my judging)Keep up the good work Dkrewe you'll are getting better at it every year. There is some room for improvement and I know that you'll will address these minor issues.I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Staff of Dkrewe as well as any persons who may have contributed into making Dkrewe a success on the road. YOU ALL can give yourselves a pat on the back.(just like another band is doing even though they should not be). Special Thanks goes out to the following persons:
AgeliAkeishaAkeelLisaand of course the man himself Mr. Roland St.George
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