Friday, March 05, 2010

D'Krewe 2010 Review

This is my review of D'Krewe.

Now after the series of unfortunate incidents on Carnival Sunday night (read the 3 posts before this one if yuh lost), I had to go find a costume. I visited Ronnie and Caro and Legacy/Jhalwa looking for a costume on Carnival Sunday night and came up with salt, so I went home feeling just a tad bit plenty depressed.

Having just about resigned myself to not playing mas, I visited Trinidad Carnival Diary to vent and share my story on the chat box. It was while chatting there I got a bbm from Saucy who wanted to know if I wanted a costume in D'Krewe, specifically Kindred Spirit (hell yeah!).

Long story short, Carnival Kris who is also on the blog, hooked me the heck up and I got a call saying to get my ass to the mascamp, which was right around the corner from me.

Twenty minutes and $2500 later, I had collected my Kindred Spirit costume! WOOT!WOOT!!
(Of course, being me, I had to ask if the frontline was still available).

I then hastily made my way to Samaroo's to get some material to cover my corset. Unfortunately, at 10minutes to midnight Samaroo's was closed, but no biggie, I figured I would figure something out.
Costume collection: A breeze!!

Carnival Monday
D'Krewe gave us about 4 yards of material, which I spent a few minutes on Monday morning turning into a tunic trimming it out with some braid and gems.
I paired my tunic with blue boy shorts from a couple years before and a top underneath it.
I also made a matching bag from some silver material that I had purchased previously and sprayed my white knee high boots silver.
I think the overall look was really cute, if I do say so myself...and I do. :)

The band was scheduled to meet at 11:00am (I think) and I left home just around that time and walked around the corner to meet the band on Pole Carew Street.

Now this would be my first time playing mas by myself, as I usually play with at least one or two family members. Even though I didn't really know anyone who would be playing, I was thinking it would be a fun experience, no worries.

As I got to Pole Carew Street a guy in the band watched me and told me I looked so regal. (HA! Ah tell yuh ah was looking good!) That started me off on a good note. The band moved off about 1/2 hour after I got there. While waiting I had a snocone from the snocone truck and of course I must have my Coke on the rocks!

We were moving slowly down Pole Carew heading to Ariapita so I took the opportunity to walk forward a bit to see what was up. Up to the front of the band just behind the King costume I saw the Kindred Spirit Individual and had a serious case of "why dat wasn't me!?!?!" :( That costume was fantastic, I dunno why the person didn't come out on Tuesday...dey could well give me the thing to parade for them! Anyhoo...

We were right behind Dream Team's Gems of the World, who was waiting for Island People to pass. I ended up walking through IP on the avenue looking for anyone I may know and did see a couple friends and took some pics. IP looked really good (but smaller than usual) on Monday. Loved the cloth they got, loved what the ladies did with them!

I also saw Mac Farlane on the road and got to see my mum and dad in their crocus bag Monday outfits. The Mac Farlane peeps real get on with the cloth too! All kinda fancy ting! And if yuh see dem palance papayo! Mac Farlane peeps get the prize for Most Coordinated Palance, they should rename them Mac Parlance...nobody would think that was an "ole people band" if they saw them.

We hit and crossed Adam Smith and Ariapita (no judges there, why?) and made our way to Independence Square. I stayed with the band, for most of the day. My brother and sister in law left the band they played with to come check me when we were on Park Street. I saw one of my girlfriends from the bank in the band and took a chip with her for a while.

We got an afternoon snack of a chicken sandwich which was tasty enough, just before we hit downtown. After we crossed the downtown judging point, I waited to see Mar Farlane (and the parents) who had done some kinda magic and were now behind us.

After meeting up with my parents, i decided that I would cut my Monday short (it was about half 4) and head home. We jumped into a taxi on South Quay and headed to St. James.

Carnival Monday: Not bad at all! 6.5 palance out of 10.


angeli said...

Hmm, if you had said something to me on Monday, I woulda organise you with that ind. costume for Tuesday. It would have been nice to have it on the road Tuesday as well.

shells said...

Glad to hear dat yuh get a D'Krewe hookup.

afro chic said...

ANGELI!!!! What are you saying?!?!? :O I would have been totally ecstatic!!

Thanks shellss, I'm glad I got through with them as well.

Wuzdescene said...

Afro I haven't played mas since 2005 .... so you have me real confused wit dat 'cloth' scene .... what it is yuh sayin exactly .... is it that yuh does get a piece of FABRIC tuh play mas in on de Monday??? .... cuz if you know how dat whole Monday Mas concept does baffle me .... is someting I will never understand .... cuz as I've said many times .... if I payin thousands of dollars fuh ah costume .... I want tuh wear it til Ash Friday!!! .... me eh wearin no CLOTH and T-SHIRT and BOY SHORTS!!

Anyway ... ah glad yuh get tuh play yuh mas .... even tho yuh was by yuhself .... which is yet another thing I will NEVER do! :-)

afro chic said...

Yes descene!

Yuh doh wear yuh costume on MOnday firl...only Harts does still do that!
Making Monday wear is a big thing now, check the albums on Triniscene/pulse/stars.

So bands give you a tshirt, some you have to buy, some give you cloth to do your own thing.