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Friday, September 24, 2010

Aquarius Is That You?

Brooklyn Carnival  2009( LAST YEAR)
 Check the lady on the extreme left!

Y.U.M.A. Aquarius


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How Much Is TOO Much?

I have been accused of giving the floor member/regular/backline masqueraders a complex by pushing the Go Big or Go Home Frontliner mentality and now here I come with the decorated cups, the fancy bags and even the idea of not one but TWO pairs of boots! So the question of the day is , can there be a thing as "too much" for Carnival ? 

Who is to say that  that two costumes in two different bands is too much, or going all out for professional makeup on both days is too much, or deciding to do full body paint, lashes, hair extensions, contact lens, hiring a personal trainer to get in shape, and  even spending thousands of dollars on a costume is too much?

In 2008 Rio Samba Queen Angela Bismarchi had nylon wires implanted in her eyes to give them an "oriental slant" as Rio's Carnival was celebrating 100 years of Japanese immigration to Brazil. She famoulsy said in response to the numerous articles written about it “I always was vain. And for Carnival, you have to feel especially pretty.”

Angela Bismarchi

While I may not resort to plastic surgery just to pull off a costume and keep to the theme, I do think she has a point in that Carnival is possibly the one time of the year that we do things we would never do any other time or place. When have you ever walked for miles through the streets Port of Spain in a Bra and underwear?! No other time but Carnival!  Carnival is the time of year to be free to play up the inner Diva or just break loose and enjoy your mas without any restrictions or hoopla holding you back, don't you think?

Good day Saucy,

I must say that I'm one of your religious followers. You are always on point keeping it all as your opinion. I'm a newbie to POS mas, C2k11 will be my 4th year playing in town. I surely believe in the statement Go Big or Go Home so just wanted you to address that more precisely. What really is go big or go home?

Is it a combination of the FL costume, wire bra, "blinged out heel boot, and as being offered by Afro chic the Diva Cup, Diva Bag even the collar etc. I personally love the thought of having it all but it leaves the mind to wonder if all might be too much. Perhaps you can provide your view of the must haves or necessities for the F.L.H.O or the masquerader that wants to Go Big or Stay Home.

Sincerely Yours,
Roxy.

Hello Roxy,
Go Big Or Go Home is really something that the individual has to decide on I think. What might be "big" to me may not be big to someone else. For instance just getting boots and makeup done might be big for someone who is usually a simple person that does not normally wear makeup and used to play  mas in sneakers. To me it is the ideology that when it comes to Carnival you go a little extra, than normal, to have everything together.

So, if you want the cup, the bag, the boots, extras on your back pack and the whole nine yards that is great! As for too much, it is Carnival! How can anything be too much ?As long as it is not "cosquel" I think you will be fine.

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O Globo
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