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Saturday, February 05, 2011

Carnival Or Bust Samba Girl Vs The Chicago Blizzard!


Hola from the Windy City-Chicago,

I LOVE your blog and find alot inspiration here in my quest to share the beauty of Carnival to Chicagoans. The funds to get to Carnival didn't come in like I wanted. So sadly, I will not be coming to Carnival yet another year. BOO HOO! Being mad mad mad, I decided to create my own stage to jump up on during the Chicago Blizzard that just pasted. We can dream, can we? Yes, my wonderful Trini friend, Tony Pacheco, said this was maddness, but sometimes we have to take advantage of moments in life and live outside of the box to show our love. This is to rep my love for Carnival and although I may not get there this year, I will surely be there in spirit. I say take a laugh on me and share my experience with your devotees and your beautiful island of Trinidad. I'll get there one day!

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North and Grand Stands Update

So I paid a visit to the Queens Park Savannah yesterday to view for myself how the construction of the Grand and North Stands are coming along, especially since it is supposed to be ready for Panorama Semi Finals in the next 14 days! I don't know but I just cannot fathom how this is going to be finished on time! AND the stage also needs to be built! Let's hope they are working around the clock to pull it off! 

Back of the Grand Stand when entering the Savannah 

North Stand

Grand  Stand

Where is the stage?



Launch of The People's Band

“Mas For All” aptly sums up D’ Peoples’ Band.

The brainchild of the Hon. Minister of Arts and Multiculturalism, Winston Peters, D’ Peoples’ Band will be launched at the foyer of the National Academy for the Performing Arts, Frederick Street, Port of Spain, on Monday 07th February 2011 at 11:00 am.

Since the idea was conceptualized, a Committee chaired by Errol Peru was established and has been working to make it a reality.

The only criterion given by the Minister is that the revelers wear costumes made in Trinidad & Tobago.

According to Mr. Peters: “One of the Ministry’s plans is to bring out a ‘people’s band’ where music will be provided and anybody could bring their costume and come”.

He added “Anyone interested can play mas in the band. The only requirement is that one wears some form of costume.

“I want the people to be creative. There will be no restrictions, no sections. This will encourage the return of traditional mas and I’m hoping people will pull out those antique costumes they have stored away, clean them off and come play mas.”

D’ Peoples’ Band is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism and the National Carnival Commission.

At the media launch on Monday which will be attended by the Hon. Minister, Officials of the National Carnival Commission and other stakeholders, plans for the most anticipated Carnival band will be revealed.
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