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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Let The Band Launch Season Begin!

This Sunday kicks of the start of Band Launch season in Trinidad and I cannot tell you how ready I am to see costumes! Trinidad Carnival Diary will be at Skullduggery's launch, which from what I have heard promises to be a thematic affair, I am looking for my "cosquelle" outfit to fit the atmosphere!

Anyway, as usual your tips (with amendments) on what to expect at a band launch, Band Launch 101 revised: 


1. Carnival Bands in Trinidad launch the following year’s presentation usually between July and November. . This year band launching “season”,  starts on Sunday July 4th with Skullduggery's launch. There is a static band launch calender on the blog, keep checking for updates to the date, time and location of your band's launch if not already listed/confirmed.

2. Tickets for the band launch are usually pre-sold at the mas camp, some other designated venue or through committee members. The normal procedure is the band contacts masqueraders who have played with the band before via email or telephone with information on when and where the launch will take place. After that everyone, masqueraders and non masqueraders alike, will have an opportunity to purchase tickets.

3. The main focus at a band launching is to showcase the costumes for the following year’s presentation. Unlike a regular fete it is best advised to arrive early to see the show, if live models are being used. Though the costumes are the main attraction at the band launch a live band or performer is sometimes used to entertain the crowd before the show begins. Be prepared for a long night in some cases, especially with the larger bands costumes are shown around midnight!

4. If your goal is to get a first hand view of the costumes know that the live models usually walk some type of stage , much like a catwalk, and only those patrons who are closest to the stage will get a good view of the costumes. If you stand further back chances of getting a detailed look are limited, though some bands are now employing the use of large screens so patrons can get a better view.

5. For those so inclined you can walk with a camera though many of the photo websites such as , triniscene.com do take photographs of the models in costume for their website. However with the live coverage from band launches those of you who cannot make it can look forward to streaming live video and on the spot photographs uploaded to those websites.

6. Some bands distribute promotional material at the band launch showcasing the costumes such as booklets or calendars where professional photographs of models in costume are displayed. These booklets are also extremely helpful as they list the name of the sections/costume as well. Make sure and secure one of these especially if you do not walk with a camera.

7. You will not be able to register for your costume at a band launching that takes place in Trinidad. Bands will announce the dates when the mas camp will be open and the website will be up and running following the launch, pay attention to those dates. Harts mas camp is the only one that I know of which opens it doors on the Monday immediately following the launch, but even then the website launches at a later date. TRIBE has been known to open for a pre-viewing of the costumes (you still will not be able to register) where they are displayed at a designated location and persons can have a much closer look at the costumes. Following the pre-viewing masqueraders will then be informed of a date for registration. TRIBE’s system is such where both online and in house registration begins at the same time. Other bands simply open their doors for registration at a later date following the band launch.

8. A band launching is not a Carnival fete so do not expect to see patrons dressed in sneakers and shorts ready to jam and wine down low. Several band launches take place at Club Zen and others are themed events, complete with set decor and props, so dress accordingly for the venue.

9. There will be many band launchings occurring between July and October, for both smaller and larger bands and even private sections of bands. Choosing which band launches to go to will depend on where your interest lies though it is worthwhile to go to a few of the bands you might be interested in!

10. Finally if you are coming from overseas especially to attend a particular band launch DO NOT purchase your flight ticket until the date has been CONFIRMED by the mas band. Dates and venues can change up to the last minute so unless you get an email or phone call from the mas camp please do not take the “alleged” dates to heart, even if you read it on this blog!


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