Imagine the PERFECT band.


Bands promising a first class experience are easy to find in trinidad.

To tell the truth, most of them deliver almost all of what they say they will. It’s a monumental task to keep even 100 people happy much less two or three thousand. Every year I see people, mostly women, complaining bitterly of bad treatment or bad service or shoddy costume construction. Eventually, and inevitably, carnival comes and goes anyway.

This raised the thought, what would the perfect carnival band be like?

Big, but not too big: A crowd of 10,000 does not a party make. Thats for mass migration of buffalo etc, not for me partying in carnival. For me at least, a crowd of three to four thousand is the most you should have. Thats enough people to make sure you see a constant stream of new faces with less risk of being trampled in a stampede or lost forever in St. James.

Better Costumes: Now every year the big bands come out with beautiful costumes. Most are pretty good. A few are Amazing, and an unfortunate few are horrible. While I am sure that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and just as a sheet of paper has two sides you must have pretty and ugly, why not allow your faithful to help you decide. You have a following of several thousand, ask them to vote on the costumes and then you can eliminate any that perform abysmally. My wife still laughs anytime she sees pics of me in my ice Warriors costume (yes, the one with the predator dreadlocks headpiece and patched up pink shorts…steuups). In fact the year before that I hated my lulan male costume too now that I think of it.  I think it cant be hard to make a set of costumes where while you may prefer one more than another you wont feel ashamed wearing any.

By the way, we need to make this tapasexo thing a reality for the ladies.  I jest!……….actually I’m serious. If you dont know, Google it!)

Easier Collection: This has gotten better over the years with many innovative ideas coming to the fore. Costume delivery is one recent one that is fully worth the asking price.  The only thing that could make my experience  even better would be to arrive at Piarco and have a person hand me my costume as I exit the airport. How hard could that be?…Somebody…make it happen!


The Road: This is one part of carnival which is largely dependent on you. In the right situation you can have fun no matter what. There are a few things I thing could make the experience even better.

First, more drink trucks. In fact, a system to get drinks out to jumpers more easily is need badly in Trinidad. I can see the premium liqour staying on the drinks truck but lifesaving water and gatorade could easily be more effectively distributed. I have actually gotten in touch with one of the new big bands with a suggestion on this issue. Lets see if they can pull it off. The other sore point is the Stage. I know it’s supposed to be the high point of the day and we should be ecstatic to go over it but my memories of it went something like this.  Waiting in the blazing sun for 2 hours with no shade and no water listening to the SAME song, over…and over again. EVERYONE was vex…no one was dancing. The stage was good but the 5 minutes of enjoyment on the stage wasn’t worth the sufferation in my opinion. There must be a way to provide water, maybe a bit of shade and a nice vibes to that part of the road experience.  Right now I think the bands have just resigned themself (us) to keeping that part of the road experience the same forever. Finally, at the end of the day it would be useful to end at the starting point and the after party fete that tribe has should be MANDATORY for all bands:)


Well I think it’s easy to say “you are asking for too much” or to say I’m being overdemanding but I’m telling you that some of the things I’m complaining about have been solved in other countries carnivals and can be fixed in Trinidad…let’s see if my rant can make a change.


2 thoughts on “Imagine the PERFECT band.

  • June 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I completely agree with the wait to go on stage! I wanted the experience and once I had to deal with the SUFFERATION as you said waiting to go over it, I was over it! (Despite going on that stage 3, count ’em, 3 times…lols!).I would have thought they would have a handle on the carnival parade route thing where they stagger the bands to arrive way after each other so you wait 5 minutes max to go across the stage! My band was behind YUMA (which was the original band i was going for) and omg waiting on 2,500 people to cross the stage and no drinks trucks in sight was…harsh!I broke out in a heat rash the likes of which I had never seen in my life from Carnival monday…I don’t know if it was the sunscreen i had sprayed on all over but it ended up looking like hives or something on my back by the end of the monday. The wait to go across each stage was killing me, standing there dripping in the heat. I saw one guy who was smart about it: he waits up by the front in the nearest shade and lets his section (also mine) meet him there, he doesn’t inch up step by step in the burning sun. And I realized that the waits will never bother me again because that is the perfect time to run around with my camera and catch some misbehaving and the costumes of other bands… the wait once we were told to get in our sections was also annoying, but the savannah stage wait only killed me once I devised my roaming photographer plans because the drinks truck was gone and i had to spend actual money to keep myself hydrated…which kind of defeats the purpose of being ALL INCLUSIVE. But it gave me plenty of time to snap pics of YUMA’s individual costumes and sections, and even roam to the back as far as Legacy (which was huge and I couldn’t get through that crowd to see what bands were behind them). Also gave me a chance to keep dishing out 1,000 wines! :)They need to time it though. No reason to have everybody crammed in a line at the same time at EVERY stage…I do kind of like costume collection though, it’s a nice vibes seeing who is going to be on the road with you and what they chose to wear. What they need is to have some NICE music playing while you’re waiting, and DRINKS! Ice cold DRINKS!

  • June 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I actually wrote YUMA and Tribe about this…Pretty sure Tribe ignored me. Yuma showed interest and I told them about some things Bachannal jamaica does that could fix at least one of the issues. They say they will look into it. Basically, once the sites launch for 2012 if no mention of the changes are made I will make another post with the suggestions laid out in detail and see what happens from there. Man went to the moon in the 1960 and all now, in 2011, we still cant figure out how to make a 500m stretch of road less unpleasant…nah man…dem naa try.

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