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including Blue Devils, Bats and the
Midnight Robber; extempo by Lingo
and Black Sage; the Brimblers Steelband
and Roy Cape All Stars featuring Blaxx
and Ricardo Drue.
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The Socadrome, filled with soca music and real
party vibes, yesterday set the perfect celebratory
mood for a young couple.
Amongst scores of revellers in the large band Tribe,
at about 11.45 am, 26-year-old Kareem Ali emerged
from a music truck holding a sign towards the stage
which read "Carissa marry me?"
Ali s girlfriend, Carissa Housian, who was also
playing with the same section, immediately shouted
The on-stage proposal caused a double dose of
frenzy amongst the masqueraders who witnessed
the life-changing event for the young couple.
Also, for the first time in three years, the Socadrome,
held at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port-of-Spain,
recorded the largest turnout ever since its inception.
There was an explosion of colour not only on stage
but in the stands.
Children were seen dancing to the sound of Machel
Montano s "Waiting on the Stage," the runaway Road
Some of the little ones, to their amusement, were
seen catching the colourful confetti that came across
the stage over the masqueraders into the stands.
Their squeals of excitement and outbursts of laughter
sometimes overpowered the music.
From as early as 7 am, spectators began arriving
at the Socadrome to secure themselves that perfect
spot in the stands so they could get a good view of
some of T&T s largest bands displaying their won-
derfully designed costumes.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yesterday, George
Baldwell, of Brooklyn, said he was basking in the
"I was here last year but this year is just so awe-
some. It is like one big party concentrated in one
area, which is just perfect for my family and I," Bald-
Another spectator from Arima, Gemma Alexis,
said she surely did not regret choosing to go to the
Socadrome this year and promised to return next
year. All the way from Australia, David Morgan said
it was his first T&T Carnival experience.
"Socadrome is filled with so much energy. Just
have to come again. The people are so friendly and
I can see they love to party," Morgan said.
South band leader Lionel Jaggessar, with his tra-
ditional mas of the Apache Indians, kicked off the
day s proceedings, crossing the stage at 8.13 am.
Rosalind Gabriel s children s band Another Day in
Paradise then graced the stage at 8.40 am.
Large band Bliss, with their presentation Secret
Garden, followed at 9 am. It took them about 35
minutes to cross the stage.
Yuma s Indulge got on stage right after, lasting for
close to one hour. A 90-minute presentation of The
Forbidden by Tribe followed.
Two other bands, Lost Tribe and Harts, were also
carded to cross the big stage. Hundreds of patrons
Added drama for sellout Socadrome fans
Woman agrees to marry reveller
Tribe masquerader Kareem Ali took advantage of the live television coverage at
the Socadrome to pop the question to his girlfriend Carissa Housian, front, when
the couple crossed the stage during yesterday's Parade of the Bands. Carissa said
yes. PHOTO: DAVID WEARS
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