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As the regional Carnivals get ready to
kick into high gear, writer Kevin Farrick
remembers his taste of Grenada's
Spice Mas 2012.
Well the band launches and the super
early band registrations have begun to
signal that we are once again in Carnival
mode here in Trinidad and Tobago (al-
though I think we are in Carnival mode
24/7 these days!). Last year around this
time I thought to myself what better
way to really get myself into the Carnival
spirit than well, celebrate Carnival in Au-
gust. So I headed across to Grenada for
my first experience of Spice Mas. Suffice
to say it was new, it was different, and it
was amazing! So much so, that I can only
give the best highlights, and the rest, well
maybe I will experience it again this year.
The Boat Ride: The trip to Grenada
was a revolutionary idea that was con-
ceived by a combination of IMG Enter-
tainment and Flavour De Mas in Trinidad,
along with Summer Crew Mas in
Grenada. The idea was to use a charter
ferry to make the trip to Grenada, which
is actually closer to Trinidad than you
may think. For this purpose, NIDCO's
Paria Bullet was employed to provide
Carnival lovers with a short three and a
half hour trip to Grenada. For a low fee,
patrons were entitled to not only a re-
turn trip to Grenada, but also to TEN
events, inclusive of J'ouvert! In addition
to this, patrons were also given accom-
modation at special prices at any of Rex
Resorts, Flamboyant Hotels and Villas,
Grand Beach Hotel, Mt. Cinammon Re-
sort and True Blue Resort.
SummerCrew Bikini Boat Cruise:
Everyone who knows me knows that I'm
not a fan of boat cruise parties, but I was
in Grenada so I decided, what the hell?
Well Metro readers, it was the most
electrifying party I have ever been to.
Two catamarans leaving at once, for one
single party out on the ocean with the
boats rocking from side to side and peo-
ple not caring and partying away. Free
premium drinks on board along with
Kerry the Drummer performing live and
Kees and Tallpree. And if you wished to
go on the other boat, you were free to
jump into the designated speedboat that
ferried partygoers from one party vessel
to the next in the middle of the open
seas. Nothing short of amazing!
J'ouvert: If you are a lover of Trini J'ou-
vert, then to experience J'ouvert in
Grenada is to experience it in its raw
form. All that needs to be said about
Grenada's J'ouvert is: MUD, JAB, OIL,
JAB, FREEDOM, JAB, REVELLERY, JAB,
JAB and more JAB!
Monday Night Mas: Monday night Mas
in Grenada is indescribable. The bands
are known as t-shirt bands, no costumes
are worn. What makes this so special
however, is that all masqueraders are
fully equipped with glow in the dark
bracelets, plastic swords or axes, cups,
and headpieces such as Mohawks, hel-
mets or horns, ALL equipped with built-
in LED lights. Looking out at 1000
masqueraders following a big truck at 10
in the night and lighting up the sky with
a million pulsating lights was simply
Carnival Tuesday: Carnival Tuesday for
the Spice Island is very similar to ours,
masqueraders, free drinks, judging points
ferent vibe and a different love, I think, in
Grenada for the culture and their mas.
Case in point, to be eligible for competi-
tion a band MUST have its costumes lo-
cally made! Wow, a revolutionary
concept for Trini mas, no?
Grenada Carnival is definitely smaller
in size than Trinidad and Tobago's but is
big in spirit and definitely has a lot of
spice! I must thank Anton Alleyne of IMG
Entertainment, Charlene Clarke of
Flavour De Mas, and Bobby Steele of
Summer Crew Mas in Grenada who not
only managed this fantastic idea, but
who were also the most accommodating
hosts to all of us on this inaugural trip.
They are offering this amazing experi-
ence again this year and the Grenada
ferry was officially launched in Trinidad
recently so it's definitely on for those
who want to experience what I did, so
for more information on the ferry ride
across, please call Anton 374-6802, Char-
lene 781-0017 or Ming Lee 790 8193.
Models show off the Summer Crew costumes for 2013 at the launch of the Grenada ferry.
Kees Diffenthaller poses with the Grenadian Minister
of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture, Alexandra
Ottway-Noel at the launch of the Grenada ferry.
Bobby Steele of Summer Crew.
A look at the ferry that will be taking everyone across to Spice Mas.
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