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nival---the unity among the people
"There is just too much separation...
the ropes.....the division of the bands
crossing the stage. I miss the feeling
of Carnival being for everyone and not
just the elites who can afford it. I miss
the fact that people didn't care what
section they played in and who it was
affiliated to, once they got a costume
and Stag in hand.
"I also miss the affordable prices of
the costumes, so that everyone could
participate with ease if they chose to.
"I miss value for money in terms of
the fetes. You have to mortgage yuh
house to party! I miss the easy access to
parties like Water Colours, Boy Scouts,
Customs, Brass Festival, WASA, Flour,
UWI Splash, and Bacchanal Wednes-
day, where an email and prerequisite
screening to spend your own money
was not necessary.
"I miss the early morning 2 am J'Ou-
vert. I just miss the natural flow of Car-
nival Monday---wearing part of your
costume teasing onlookers of what is
expected to come on Tuesday, instead of
over-commercialising it into a fashion
designer frenzy instead of mas.
"I miss really great stories being the
lyrics of the soca music.
"I miss going to a fete dressing in a
short pants and sneakers in the hopes
of it mashing up to threads by the end
of the party.
"I miss the brass of the bands in fetes
....too many track performances now.
"I miss the powder puff girls Chun-
ko, Jade and Britney mesmerising the
"I miss Monday night mas.
"I miss the people coming into Port-
of-Spain in their numbers, bringing
food and coolers full to enjoy the ex-
perience. The (Queen's Park) Savannah
is like a ghost town now.
"I miss the days when Soca Monarch
was Soca Monarch and only the cream
of the crop could qualify and win.
"I miss the wining ladies and flag
women on stage for pan.
"Finally, I miss unity, love and energy
of the season."
Stay tuned, as next week PETER RAY
BLOOD will share some of his own
Friday, February 10, 2017 guardian.co.tt
Carnival is colour. Carnival
is mas. But for some people,
Carnival needs to bring back
some things from the past---
things they believe made Car-
nival unique and worthwhile.
Some long for the return of
certain fetes and events, or
the euphoria of a real sweet
J'Ouvert, while others recall
the togetherness that used to
characterise their experience
What are some of the things
people miss most about Carnival?
Here are some responses.
Daychelle Morris, artist: "I
miss Peter Minshall's presenta-
tions, the artistry that he brought
to Carnival. I also miss when you
could take children to see mas, and
not (see) the vulgarity and naked-
ness (of what passes for mas)
now. The artistic concept
in Carnival is gone. But I
really do miss Peter Min-
shall the most."
songwriter: "I miss the
fact you could have gone to a
mas camp the day before mas,
and choose a costume. I would
also like the junior competition for
schools to come back."
Peter "P'dizzle" Sanchez,
public servant: "Midnight mas
in South. Carnival on a Sunday
in South ....Monday evening mas
Caitleen Storm Brown, chef,
event planner: "I miss the lyr-
ically positive and melodically
sound soca. I miss the Kitchener
type musical arrangements for
Panorama. I miss the creativi-
ty in the costume de-
al enthusiast: "I
miss the romance and
spirituality of the festi-
val. From the anticipation
and preparation, to the vibrance
of the season, to the climax with
steelbands taking you home after
last lap. Carnival was community
centred and closer to the people.
There was the anticipation of
waiting for the bards like Kitch
and Sparrow to release, and trying
to predict the Road March, which
was dictated by steel bands until
the late 70s."
Kimberly Scott, radio per-
sonality: "Firstly, I miss the
Minshall's mas band Papillon (1982) consisted of 2,500 masqueraders wearing
ten-foot butterfly wings in a huge meditation on the ephemeral nature of life.
Things we miss...
Bring it back in 'd' Carnival
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