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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

St Lucia Hurricane Tomas Relief Drive

In direct response to the growing need for aid that one can expect after the passing of a hurricane and an appeal for help from one of St Lucia's Permanent Secretaries, KARMA Carnival Band, the St Lucia International Carnival Committee (SLICC), Cormesse & are teaming up to collect supplies from the public as part of our St Lucia Hurricane Tomas Relief Drive. 

An initiative of this nature requires that all the ground work is in place to ensure that distribution in St Lucia is managed by a legitimate agency that will ensure supplies gets to persons who need them most urgently. To that end we've secured the assistance of the St Lucia Red Cross to spearhead the distribution process on the ground.

We therefore urge everyone (regardless of nationality) to help us help the people of St Lucia right now by donating non-perishable food items (rice, water etc), personal hygiene goods (toothpaste, soap etc)  & clothing to: 

The office of Jeannine J. James, Esq, Attorney at Law
2075 Utica Avenue, between Ave M & Ave N, Brooklyn, NY 11234
Monday to Friday from 9am to 8pm & Saturday from 11am to 6pm

Other drop off/collection points will be added and announced in the coming week.

We'd also like to encourage you to spread the word to your family & friends to collect & drop off their donations as soon as they possibly can. The needs of the people of St Lucia in the wake of this disaster is urgent and as a Caribbean community so too must our response & call to action be just as urgent & immediate.

For any additional info on the relief drive & ways in which you can help please email:

or call:

Thank You.

Survey Says... YUMA Masqueraders Respond!

Let me first state that this was an independent survey, not commissioned by YUMA or any of their affiliates, undertaken by Trinidad Carnival Diary. I wanted to know based on the responses to the poll for the band with the best costume presentation for Carnival 2011 who were the masqueraders playing in YUMA; were they new masqueraders, age group and most importantly where did they play mas this year? 

The results to the latter question were very interesting to me, but I guess I should not be surprised as it has always been stated that a great majority of the readers of this blog play with TRIBE, I am guessing some of that majority made the switch to YUMA based on the responses to question 5. Out of 101 answers (some of you did not play in 2010 and wrote that) this was the breakdown of where the masqueraders who answered the survey played for Carnival 2010.To be honest I thought the majority of YUMA masqueraders made the switch from Island People; based on the survey I was wrong! 

Question 5. If the answer to (3) is YES, Which Band Did You Play With For Carnival 2010?
23 Island People
11 Spice
4 Harts
2 Showtime
2 Dream team
1 Trini Revelers
1 Dkrewe
1 Pulse 8
1 Ronnie and Caro







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