Crop over bands and costumes for 2013

Time is flying and crop over is coming…..quick! I have managed to score some decent accommodations and we have rented a small car for our trip. The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place.
The next step is deciding on what costumes we want for kadooment day!

Are there choices?
Jamaica has one Mas band….Barbados has a more mature carnival product, likely second only to Trinidad in the Caribbean. They have several!

But I want to know where the crowd goes and who has the best vibes and services. I asked a rather famous friend who had been there before to chime in.

Thoughts from an experienced masquerader
From her experience Blue Box Cart is like Harts.
Baje is like TRIBE the most popular band with lots of celebrities and popular with Trinis .
Fantasy would be more like YUMA, a smaller band of mostly young Bajan professionals , some Trinis.
Power X Four is like Legacy in Trinidad they even have the same costumes sometimes.
Zulu’s bandleaders are Trini and they broke away from Fantasy so their crowd is still undetermined.

Decisions, decisions
Well. Me and my crew are leaning towards Baje but tell the truth Zulu’s presentation is rather tempting and they seem to have the endorsement of Caesars Army, and if they like it, I will at least consider it! Fantasy also have some good looking gear for the road

Well there is still time to decide as the smaller bands seem to take a little longer to sell out. In the meantime while we wait for some of the other big bands to launch, I will research the amenities offered by the bands. I hear the costs in Bim are low cause they skimp on the amenities:(

Let’s see what the next few weeks bring.

Take a look at what I have seen so far.

Check back regularly as I will update this page as new bands launch!

Fantasy Costumes photos and prices



Zulu international costume photos and prices


Blue box cart (Harbour lights) Costume Photos and prices

blue box

Dragon fly “mass” costumes and prices




Baje Costumes and Prices


9 thoughts on “Crop over bands and costumes for 2013

  • May 6, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    You have it about right… I have been jumping with Box Cart for 6 years now, and while more and more people are switching to Box Cart every year, I would have to recommend Baje as the band you should jump in. Box cart amenities are in line with most if the other bands with the exception of snacks on the road and food after. However I prefer the costumer service they offer, and this is one band that would surely never run out of drinks. It also helps that you get in free to their beach parties til about October or discounted prices for the more expensive ones. (Which doesn’t matter to you cause you don’t live in BIM)

  • May 6, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks. What do you know, or what have you heard about Zulu international?

  • May 6, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Haven’t heard much about them other than that they are a new band. I see them pushing hard to peak peoples’ interest’ but sorry to say that in BIM being new works against you and so while their costumes may look nice and they may offer a great package at the end of the day people gonna stick with what they know. They may get some of the younger 20s crowd from Baje .

  • May 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Hrmm. Food for thought.

  • May 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    You can also look in contact. I jumped with them in the past, always had a good time on the the road with them.

    This year though I am trying Zulu.

  • May 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Considering joining u:)

  • May 7, 2013 at 12:16 am

    I have played mas with PLENTY bands and I must say that Fantasy has THE BEST customer service EVER!!!! Baje was horrible last year with their customer service for overseas masqueraders so my group ended up playing with Fantasy!! That was by far THE BEST decision we ever made! From registration, til our drunk and tired bodies made it to the end of the road, Fantasy provided TOP NOTCH accommodations!!! Looking forward to being with them again this year!

  • May 8, 2013 at 2:22 am

    Come on!!!!

    Spread your hands and Leggooooo!!!

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