A group of us took spent a day at the
Mogojumbies were a real highlight during
many of the competitions.
The costumes competitions for Kings &
Our friend Paul Richer came for the three
days of Carnival.
We took him to visit the other side of the
island - Maracas Bay.
...and what would that be like without
yummy "shark & bait" (Fish sandwich)
We saw the Pan finals one night. We could
visit the Pan "yards"...
..and watch them practice during the
weeks prior to the competition.
Another famous Pan band performing in
the finals competition.
...and the next night was Dimanche Gras.
It was here that all the finalists for Kings
& Queens costumes were displayed.
Complete with blacklights, fireworks, and
Costume under normal light
Same costume under black light.
This was one of the "King" winners.
The costume was massive and was very
difficult to push especially when the wind
Fireworks were built in to the costume!
The colours were magnificent!
It was impossible to delete any of these
...because all the costumes were so
Where's the person?
A totally different costume when they turn
the blacklights on.
This dragon was also a winner.
From the back...
...all around it was magnificent.
...under the black light.
...and with the fireworks inside.
In normal light
and under black light
Some dock mates who participated in
We viewed the parade from a private
balcony. Nice to be away from the crowds.
But to be honest, it just looked like a mob
Here's a Queen marching in the parade.
Someone trying on a costume.
Unless you were sitting in front of one of
the viewing stands where judges...
...we don't think you really could
appreciate the bands and costumes.
Prizes were awarded for the costumes
within the "bands".
Music trucks were plentiful within the
Carnivale 2002 …and the events leading up to it
2001 Net Result
1999-2000 Net Result
In our opinion the events leading up to the Carnivale Parade were the real highlights rather than the Parade itself.
There was the pan band practice sessions in their yards, the preliminary and semi-finals for the pan bands,
the Kings and Queens costume competition, visiting the Maas Camps to watch the costumes being designed and constructed.
A King and Queen costume leads the each band in the parade. These Kings and Queens costumes are incredible design feats.
Frames are permitted within the costume but must be able to be pushed/moved by the person within the costume.
Some stand two-stories high and you can hardly see the individual within the frame of the costume.
To these costumes they add special effects during the competition.
Special fabric that reacts to black lights and even fireworks are integrated in to the costume.
Great music, magnificent color and creativity.
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