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Monday, July 28, 2014

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Weekend Recap.....








Guys, this weekend was quite busy in Florida for band launches.  Unfortunately I couldn't personally attend ANY of them....smh, but based on social media [call it internet stalking] I could tell that all events were well attended and appreciated. It is the season!!

First up was the launch of Injection Promotions Jouvert Band " Water Colors" on Friday. I stalked the owner  of Injection promotions Pinky via IG over the weekend, and noticed injection shots, a swinging crowd, body paint!!





This is the band's second year in the Jouvert scene and their energy is obvious!! Check out their website here . Or follow on FB or IG.

Look out for a feature on Pinky on the blog soon!!

Next up was Mascots' band launch of their 2014 Presentation - "Mi Vida Caribena." I must say that Miami costumed bands  are doing SO very well this year. And Mascots is making it very difficult for people to make choices as to what band  to play in. Mascots formula has always been consistent - gorgeous costumes, and a family vibe...It seems like that they have done the same this year.

While their website is not displaying 2014 costume information yet, based on social media..[call it what you like] the costumes literally wowed the attendants. I must say too that their website presentation really creates some anticipation for visitors. Well played!  While you cant see the 2014 costumes yet the use of the video and images from previous carnivals  was a great move.

One of their sections, however - Bloom Carnival - is up and running with their own website.

These images are from their website:






I'm so excited to see the other sections in their photo shoot glory. I was able to score one picture from social media of the other sections.


[sourced from FB profile of committee member Sadie Sankar]

It does not disappoint!  

Make sure to sign up at the bands website so you can be alerted of updates and registration information. Check out their IG , FB and Website


Next up was the launch of  veteran Band Generation X's Presentation " Poseidon's Kingdom".You can see pictures of the launch here courtesy of Islandbox. As always Generation X offers three options for their female section - Backline - Front line and Section Leader

These are pics I found on their IG

 Mermaids
 Ocean Waters
 Pearls
 Poseidon's Lust
 Sea Coral
 Sunken Treasure

My favorite of course is the yellow...but I'm biased when it comes to that color..!

While the gallery of costumes on their website hasn't been updated - their online shopping cart for costumes is UP and running - some saying SOLD out! This has been a tactic of Genx for years. If you must have the costume try to contact the specific section leader. #BGITR Tip. Please check out their website.

Like I said - Bands have really stepped up their game and are making it quite difficult to decide where you will play this year.

On top of that MBOC has allegedly managed to actually give us some real TRUE ROAD to play on....not just around and around in a circle. We have ROAD!

Have you chosen your costume yet? Did this post help or hurt? Soon we will have close up images of these costumes - especially for the out of towners - to help with your decisions.

Stay Tuned!

Cliv

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Band Launch Review: Unleash - D'Junction Mas

First let me apologize for this really late post. My job has NO chill these days. I would like to thank D'Junction Mas for allowing us access to their costumes before presentation so that we could get some close ups. It's not always that bands are receptive to allowing access prior to showing



D'Junction presented "Unleash" at the Entertainment Warehouse and they unleashed a WHOLE SET of sexiness. I love that the costumes have so many intricate details. I love that, in my opinion they have gone another step forward than their debut year in design and intricate details. One thing for sure is that there is a lot of sexiness. The options for cover is SLIM to none.

By now you would have seen most the costumes. If, for some reason you have not, check out our facebook page of some close ups: D'Junction Costumes

Their 2014 presentation consists of 6 sections. 5 made by returning designer Rawle Permanand and another section by Clivia of Carnivaldiva.

Cobra

Backline 



Frontline 


Fox

Backline 


Frontline 


Love Birds

Backline



Frontline



Savage

Backline

Pic taken from Strikah Poze

Midline (SOLD OUT)


Frontline

Pic courtesy of Strikah Poze

Spider

Backline


Frontline


Wildcat

Frontline & Backline




I am very pleased with D'Junction Mas' presentation this year. I think for their 2nd year they have really shown improvement in their design concept. After Saturday's presentation I walked away totally excited about Savage Beauty Frontline but now over the week Cobra frontline is also really catching my eye. AND I AM NOT A FRONTLINE GIRL!

Costume prices start at $280 and run up to $450. Djunction is an all inclusive band with a host of djs.

I see my top 10 costumes for the season  post being a difficult one with many other bands still to launch.

For prices on Costumes/Band information and Registration:

Website: Www.djunctionmas.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DJunctionMas
Instagram: http://instagram.com/djunction

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

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Band Highlight: Euphoria Mas - Let's Dance

We were unable to physically attend Euphoria's launch as we had to head out of the country quickly. Thanks to our friends at Official Vibes who very nicely shared their pics with us.

The thing I love though about Euphoria is their organization. I cannot vouch for the on the road experience as I have not played with them, but if their on road experience is anything like their band launch presentation to on site registration then I see no worries there. Euphoria ALWAYS has their website up and ready to go coinciding with their launch so we were not left to wonder about costumes.

Euphoria is a feteing band so this year's presentation falls aptly in their area. With costumes designed by Richard and Anthony, it was no surprise that after the launch there was a sold out section.

They are presenting Let's Dance for Miami Carnival 2014 with 6 sections.

Sweet Soca: (Sold out)

Frontline


Backline



Sexy Samba

Frontline


Backline: 


Flamenco:

Frontline


Backline: 


Swan Lake

Frontline


Backline



Cabaret: (Sold Out)

Frontline


Backline

 

Jive

Frontline


Backline



Each sections has a male costume. Prices for Euphoria costumes range from $230 or backline to $380 for Frontline costumes. Males are $195.

My favorite costume, after much back and forth is Flamenco frontline. I love love love the bra detail on that costume. Swan Lake and Sweet Soca frontlines are not far behind.

I'm very glad that Euphoria as kept their standard up as it relates to costume and design and expect them to continue to grow as a brand and a band in Miami.

They are also doing double duty since they also have a J'ouvert band this year dubbed "Dutty Pleasures". Anyone who registers to play "pretty mas" and also play with them for j'ouvert will get a discount.


For more information on Euphoria Mas Let's Dance and their J'ouvert band "Dutty Pleasures, check them out everywhere:


For more pics of the launch check out this album from Official VibesEuphoria Mas Band Launch Pics


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Friday, July 04, 2014

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Section Highlight: Serenity by Savage Mas Productions


Savage Mas Productions is an All Inclusive Private Section in Party Room Squad for Miami Carnival 2014.

2014 will be Savage Mas' sixth year designing costumes and their third year bringing a section for Miami Carnival. Their main goal is to create beautiful costumes that people will have an amazing time in on the road on carnival day. Once again, they have teamed up with Party Room Squad Mas to bring you exceptional costumes, customer service, and the Ultimate Carnival Experience!

As the overall theme for 2014 is "Tresor", Savage Mas Productions is Proud to present "Serenity" For Miami Carnival 2014.

Shakton Andrews, a talented 17 year old born and raised in Trinidad and currently residing in Miami, is the President and Section Leader of Savage Mas Productions. With two successful years of having a section under his belt, his future in this mas making industry is very bright. Within the next couple years he plans to make Savage Mas Productions one of the most sought after bands in Miami!

Serenity has options for anyone and everyone

Price list is as follows:

Premium Frontline - $400 (Only 10 of these would be made. 5 are already gone)


Regular Frontline - $340



Midline - $280


Plus Size Option A - $250


Plus Size Option B - $250


Backline - $220 (Both Options Same Price)




Frontline Male - $210


Regular Male - $190


If you are interested in Serenity, here's the contact information for the section:

Phone: 786-222-0311
Instagram: @savagemasproductions

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