My Summer Carnival Adventures 2010

Since I'm a firm believer that carnival is not a spectator sport, it was hard for me to come to grips with the fact that I would not play pretty mas or Jab Jab on my first visits to Grenada for Spicemas. I was a bit overzealous and did 3 carnivals (Toronto, Antigua and Grenada) in 13 days. Something had to give. My flights alone were an arm. My costumes and staying "hydrated" were a  leg, so I had to spend the rest of my coins wisely.  

Here is a run down of my summer carnival adventures:

I left Atlanta on Thursday, 7/29 to Toronto. Picked up my costume at Carnival Nationz and dealt with not having a headpiece and tail and also had to decorate my corset on Friday. Played Mas with a headpiece  (YAY!) on Saturday then went to Machel that night. Left Machel early to go to the airport to head to Antigua. 
Arrived in Antigua on Sunday and immediately started making costumes for Exotic Mas. If I see another glue gun... I'm gonna SCREAM! The next few days kinda rolled into one. They consisted of J'ouvert, Monday and Tuesday Mas and Last Lap.  Worked on the drinks truck for a few, which was a good vantage point. Went to the beach a few times, got my hair did by my twin,Tammy, on Browns Ave. (she real good and fast too). Full my belly and laughed plenty at Big Banana. Fell in love with Carib. Missed my flight to Grenada  on Friday, so was given a tour of Antigua (again). Spent more time on the beach.  Ate sugar apple, sea grapes and guineps. Yummy!
Went to Grenada on Saturday on LIAT. I should have known better. My flight was delayed in Barbados for 3 hours. I missed the Bikini boat cruise I was suppose to be on. I got over that quickly, I just wanted a bed at that point. Antigua wore me out! Wheeeew! I finally arrived Grenada, went on another boat cruise with some "old folks" and had a blast. Played Monday Night Mas and watched all da Jab Jab dem pass me by as I sat on the veranda and WATCHED :(

I did get some great  pics of  J'ouvert :)

Here are some shots taken while on the "old folk" boat cruise. There is hope for me in my old age. These people were jamming, especially the man in the red T-shirt.

I made friends with the Captain, so I was Co-Captain while he was praying for his He looked so worried. He yelled at me when I sent a text while keeping us on course and elbowed me when navigated with one hand.

I played Monday Night Mas with LIME instead of the original plan, Digicel.  I had a blast. The mas band had 3000 people and won Monday Night Mas Band of the year. My section wore a yellow tank top, a top hat with a veil, party mug with a lighted bottom and a lighted baton. It was so pretty. All you saw were neon flashing lights for miles and revellers jammin' every man/woman dat dey meet on de road.

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