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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Bright, energetic small bands got a good
start on a breezy Carnival Monday at the
Queen s Park Savannah when the first
band, Is So Calypso Start, crossed the
stage at 11.08 am.
Lipan Warriors of the Mountain followed
them, brought out by Vintage People, quick-
ly followed by The Original Jab Jab with
their presentation Traditional Warriors, and
then Antourage Productions with its por-
trayal of Myths and Legends.
Despite a smattering of spectators at the
Savannah before noon, the mas began well,
with small and conventional mas bands
showing the most creative designs, while
large bands focused on having a great road
fete, largely playing themselves in uninven-
tive swimsuit-style mas.
Conquest de la Chiquita, a very small
band produced by the Belmont Jewels, was
interesting for its use of charging bull char-
acters. Dancers with a parang flavour opened
for them at 11.26 am, decked off in tight
black dresses with big red and yellow Span-
ish frills, along with a stylised cuatro player
and a shak shak player.
Belmont did well on Monday, as it was
also represented by another band, the Bel-
mont Exotic Stylish Sailors, who presented
A Touch of Nature at 1.36 pm. Led by an
individual with two long-necked birds with
beautifully crafted neck segments (the trolley
support was a bit cumbersome, however),
the sailors were their usual jolly, stately,
exquisitely crafted selves, in magnificent
fur-trimmed, colourful, embroidered and
variously embellished sailor suits with fan-
tastical oversized hats of tropical animals
which were a delight to see.
Another highlight on Monday was the
Traditional Indian mas band Through Indian
Eyes, a beautifully crafted mas from San
Fernando, with bandleaders Cheryl Clarke-
Williams-Alleyne, Gary Sealey, and Llewelyn
Assoc. Bold fabric designs worked with
intricate, indigenous American-inspired
beadwork, creative body-paint, some head
masks and a magnificent use of feathers to
create a spectacle of interesting characters.
The breeze rippled the feathers of one
costume nicely---Woman of the Wind---a
Traditional Fancy Indian individual mas of
pink, yellow, white and blue feathers
designed in circular motifs mounted to the
mas player s back.
Among the larger bands was Mardi Gras
TT---a band with deafening music and
women dressed in either panties or pum-
pum shorts or leotards in red, white or black
colours, accented by simple white T-shirts
or tank tops. Men wore white T-shirts and
surfer shorts. The Mardi Gras idea was just
a label rather than a visible design theme
evident on Monday in this band.
Following later, in similar vein, was Day
Dream Entertainment Ltd T/A Fantasy Car-
nival, which produced a large "fantasy"
band with remarkably little fantasy evident
in the costumes seen on Monday. Their
theme was: I Wish. Women wore boots of
assorted colours, and bathing suits or lycra
pum-pum shorts exposing considerable
At 12.19 pm came K2K Alliance and Part-
ners with Searching for Shangri-La, the
first larger band with a distinctive, stylish
impact and with visible organisation of sec-
tions on Monday. Designed by New York-
based twins Kathy and Karen Norman, their
theme had definite patriotic overtones, with
sections carrying chaconia standards and
waving Trinidad flags in a very crisp mas-
querade which featured bright red and black
Disco Inferno, produced by Paparazzi
Carnival, came on stage at 12.27 pm, with
prancing women in tank tops and black
lycra underpants. They were accompanied
by Teddy Eustace s Halloween-like costume
of eight mechanical skeletons jerking up
and down beneath a spider-like fat yellow
Vogue by Harts came on at 12.55 pm, in
a high-party vibe with swimsuits, sequinned
bras, straw hats and surfer shorts. It looked
like a big beach party with occasional
splashes of flying glitter instead of powder.
They passed quickly. By 1.08 it was the turn
of another big band, Bliss, who were like
carbon copies of the previous band---swim-
suit party mas. Again, they had a nice party
energy, but were boring to watch. The lines
of security men in dark blue clothes labelled
"SPU" with their big black boots and trim
military type uniforms unwittingly out-
classed the mas players---because they wore
a better costume.
The Lost Tribe -- A Revolution of Mas
paraded at 1.20, and were notable for the
number of well-built muscular men on
view. Tribe at 1.55 pm was another swimsuit
party mas band---one of the several "roped"
bands with lots of views of big jiggling
female buttocks in thongs, panties and var-
ious kinds of bikini-wear.
Masqueraders took the streets of San Fer-
nando by storm yesterday in their colourful
costumes as they enjoyed the first of the two
day revelry of Carnival.
Some masqueraders were in full costume
while others chose to wait until today to wear
their entire costume as they jumped, waved
and gyrated to blaring soca from music trucks.
Like previous years the spectators were few,
but that did not stop the masqueraders from
"taking over south."
Shortly after 1 pm, the first band to cross the
judging point on High Street in front Scotiabank
was Southern Mas Associates with their ener-
getic fancy indian portrayal of A Tribal Bliss.
Displaying radiant colours which glittered in
the sun, Kalicharan came out with their winning
king and queen costumes which topped the
South Carnival King and Queen title for another
With ten sections, the largest band in San
Fernando, Kalicharan put forward a wonderful
presentation Call of Duty as it seeks to retain
its South Band of the Year title.
Kalicharan has held on to the title for nine
consecutive years and captured it 22 times since
They were followed by another colourful pres-
entation by Fireworks Promotion with Tribu,
The forgotten people.
Another veteran band Lionel Jaggessar and
Associates, as usual, came out with a fancy
indian portrayal The Hunting Party showing
off real skills and creativity.
There were no crime incidents, according to
the police who were in full force on the streets.
take over South
Few spectators but...
Masqueraders from Ivan Kalicharan's band during Carnival celebrations in San Fernando, yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Masqueraders from the band Bliss cross the Queen's Park Savannah stage during
yesterday's Parade of the Band. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
Traditional, bikini mas
on Savannah stage
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