Carnival Tabanca or as my mom says in Spanish, “Cabanga” basically means you have the frekkin BLUES!!!
When I was a kid I HATED carnival where as my brothers LOVED carnival, why??? Where we lived Colon, Panama it was all about the Diablos (Devils) & my bros got to make their own diablos masks & harass people in the skreets. I’m sure somewhere else they were celebrating Pretty Mas, but I didn’t get to see much of that. I was literally afraid to leave to house during carnival cause the streets were full of diablos and I’m a scary chica, even the commercials for scary movies scare the ish outta me. All the pix below are courtesy of my cousin Indira in Colon this carnival. The lil red dots on the blurry pic of the streets are diablos running amuck. Don't ask me WTF is going on with that half naked woman, guess her shirt fell down while running from a diablo???
But now I Love Love Love carnival!!! After Miami carnival in October I go into hibernation. Back to normal life of work, school, being a mom, not traveling, regular Atlanta nightlife and stockpiling $$ for Trinidad Carnival. I am very content with being in non carnival mode until Trinidad carnival rolls around, after Trindiad the carnival fever sets in and I start foaming at the mouth. I just want more more more!!!
I got the International Carnival Calendar off carnivalinfo.com (some of the dates are wrong so do ur research b4 u book) and I’m sitting here trying to decide what carnivals I’m going to attend this year. I must attend at least 4 carnivals to maintain my sanity and to also keep the year round motivation to work out. 2012 I did Trinidad, Atlanta, Houston, Toronto & Miami. 2011 I did Trinidad, Atlanta, DC, Toronto & Miami. I’ve already knocked out Trinidad, and Miami is a must so what shall the other 2 or 3 carnivals be??? I’m thinking I want to do Crop Over this year, now if I can just talk some of the homies into going with me. A friend said I should do ATI weekend in Jamaica in August instead. *Decisions decisions*
I don’t get a costume for all the carnivals I attend and I decided to design my own costume for one of these carnivals. I'm really excited about designing my own costume, the sketch looks great, now if I can only make my vision come to life. Ima skip a head piece cause I’m really not that big on head pieces, my last few carnivals I gave my headpiece away early in the day. I’m sure the people in my Trinidad band thought I was a weirdo cause I had my headpiece on backwards, yes I went thru the trouble off adding more feathers & other details (cause it looked pretty BLAH) only to wear it backwards. Below... In my hotel working on my headpiece the nite b4 carnival