Atlanta Caribbean Carnival 2014

Funny thing happened on the way to Atlanta Carnival.  I realized I didn’t have a memory  card in my DSLR (for those not in the know it’s just a high powered camera) I didn’t have my point & shoot camera either. Paco didn’t have his high powered camera or his point and shoot camera either.  All I had was my little HP action camera and Paco had his Samsung Galaxy 5. 
HP Action camera prop'd on top of my cup
I was tempted to turn around and go home, but Paco said, “We can do this!”  So what you see below is photos taken by Paco, testament to the great quality of the S5 and video taken by my HP (CORRECTION some of the video was taken by the s5).

We decided to get to carnival around 11:30 this year (remember we got there at 12:30 last year)  to allow more time to drink and be merry with the homies since ATL carnival is so short.  With other carnivals the mission is to pace yourself cause you are on the road all day.  With ATL carnival the mission is to get CRAZY as soon as possible.  I started drinking with breakfast and drank nonstop until I felt NICER than nice!!!  The booze was flowing, the chunes were playing and the vibes were nice.  No complaints (other than the usual  MOR ROAD!)


If you follow my carnival blogs you know I always have a “passed out” pic.  I feel so proud that my pic was made into a meme.  Maybe I should be embarrassed… but I’m not *whoop whoop*

As you can see the nap didn’t last long, was up dancing to the trucks 5 seconds later.  lol
I’ll write a DIY blog about how I made the costume later (just the costume, NOT the feather backpack). Want to know more about Atlanta carnival?  Here you go See you on di road next year
*stolen pic* of me and the Girls in Grey

Atlanta DEMOLITION CREW Cooler Fete 2014

Atlanta DEMOLITION CREW Cooler Fete
Cooler fete… be afraid, be very afraid.  It never fails that multiple people pass out and get carried out of cooler fete.  It is truly my favorite Atlanta carnival fete.  Because I knew sh*t was gonna get realer then Real Deal Holyfield I got a hotel room 2 blocks from cooler fete. 

The funniest part about cooler fete is the next day when people start confessing the mess they were in or the mess they saw someone else in.  I didn’t really realize I was In Ah Mess until I woke up the next morning.  The hotel house keeping was banging on the door at 11am saying, “You aint gotta go home, but you gotta get the hell outta here!”  Then later I look at the pix and my azz is standing on top of the cooler waving my Panama flag practically the entire nite. 

I must have been possessed in some flag waving trance??? Thank the lord I didn’t fall off… I take that back I was dragged off when one of the newbies fell off and took me with him.  This one fell off the cooler two times and fell in random places a few other times.  Let’s talk a lil more about him.  It was a friend of my brother Paco, I can’t recall his name.  He is a newbie and I know that newbies are usually the first to fall at cooler fete so I gave him a room key.  At the end of the evening Paco and I are like, “Where is what’s his name? Hope he is in the room.”  We get to the hotel and 1) the luggage cart is in the room (why we have no luggage?)  2) There is ice all over the dayym place 3) He is on the floor with his foot in a garbage can full of ice.  As 50Cent would say, “What the F*CK happened to you?”  He tells us that his drunk azz sprained his ankle with all those falls and managed to drag his 2 blocks to the hotel then used the luggage cart to get to the room on the 2nd fl. Paco says to me, “why didn’t you tell me he was falling, I would have stopped giving him alcohol???  The next day I see a picture of Paco helping the man off the floor. *SIDE EYE*

Anyway, while they further discuss the injury, my drunk azz proceeds to do some gymnastic moves on the luggage cart.
So the next day I get to hear everyone else’s funny stories.  Here are a couple of the stories, I have hidden the names to protect the innocent.  This one has a hole in her pants cause apparently she did a face plant in the fete.  *Good Grief*

I tell this one that I think I saw her dancing on stage and I can just imagine her waving her finger through the air as she says, “I don’t do stages”  then I hit her with a picture of her GETTING DOWN on stage. *smh*

Some people miraculously woke up at home or on someone'z couch and a few others told me that they slept in the parking lot for a few hours.  Cooler fete casualties... when we will learn???  Anyway, I leave you with a quick video recap of the madness that is cooler fete.  See you in 2015

Yellow Mustangs Stampede in the Smokies

Stampede in the Smokies is a one day car show of just Yellow Mustangs from throughout the southeast. The Yellow Mustang crew was actually there Wed-Sun hanging out, but I had a busy schedule that week and could only make one day.  My friends were astonished at the amount of Yellow Mustangs in the crew.  There are usually triple the amount yellows at this event, but Ford had the Mustang 50th anniversary event in Charlotte 2 weeks prior and a lot of people went there instead.  I got up at 4am on a Friday to drive from Atlanta, GA to Pigeon Forge, TN to meet my Yellow Mustang pose.  I couldn’t make the actually car show, but I wanted to partake in the scenic drive through the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee. It was such a beautiful drive, I had to share photos of small town America.
Lil Yellow Mustang in the Smokly Mountains

For lunch we stopped at the Smoky Mountain Diner in Hot Springs, NC. Good sh*t!!! Huge plate of southern cooking at a great price.

When we drove through this tunnel the big muscle Mustangs revved their engines and the sound was awesome to the 10th power, wish I had it on video.  The part made my day.  That my friends is what SEXY sounds like.
Friday night we went to Tony Gore’s  Smoky Mountain BBQ in Pigeon Forge, TN and I ate some of the best ribs & dessert I’ve ever had in my life.  If I am ever in the area again, I will definitely be back.
  I was asleep by 11pm on Friday. I'm sure the yellow crew hung out later chatting and what not, but I was exhausted. That is the most driving I have ever done in my life and I had to wake up at 6am the next morning to do it all again..
Apparently Pigeon Forge is a great place to take your kids, who knew?  It’s like a mini Orlando with tons of places that kids maybe 5-15 would enjoy.  The place I really wanted to visit was the Titanic museum, but the 2 hours I had free in the afternoon demanded a nap since I had been up since 5am.  *Le Sigh*

Lil Yellow Mustang zooming past the Titanic

Saturday morning lil Yellow Mustang and I headed south to Cartersville, GA to hang out with friends on the lake. That lil car really is a road warrior.

Jamaica Carnival Weekend 2014

Jamaica carnival is really getting its life together.  This years trip was pure marvelousness.  First, let’s talk price, Jamaica carnival is so dayym affordable.  Even though I don’t really like to drop $$$ I’m going to let you get a peek at the carnival spreadsheet that I live by.  Trinidad carnival CAN NOT be topped, but if you don’t want to drop $3,000-$4,000 on TnT carnival then Jamaica is an awesome alternative.  The fetes and Road March tshirt together in Jamaica cost me $500. $500 won’t pay for my flight to TnT, $500 won’t cover all the fetes in TnT, $500 will only cover 1 ½ nights lodging in TnT. If you want a JA costume that’s $300, but $300 will only pay for your TnT costume deposit.   
Landed in Jamaica Thursday morning.  I booked a crack of dawn flight because I knew the wonderful  Spanish Court hotel would let me check in early.  They were so dayym accommodating last year, I couldn’t see them saying NO to any requests.   When I was in the airport a young lady walked up to me and asked, “Do you have a blog?”  YES! “Are you Angela Panama?” YES!  That totally made my day, I was like WOW someone other than my family members actually reads my blog. Lololol Anyway, I picked up our jouvert packages, some last minute fete tickets, went to the grocery store across the street to get party supplies and then had a port a party at the hotel pool while I waited for my homies to land Thursday night. 
Thursday night headed to Pandemonium right down the street from our hotel.  The great thing about fete’n in the Caribbean is that all the fetes are in the wonderful outdoors.  Performances by Machel, Mr. Killa and Shaggy and then my favorite part… the paint & powda. The rest of the homies went to the Frenchmen party Blocko, but I love paint and powda too much to miss Pandemonium.   Mr. Killa had everyone thoroughly entertained with his usually crazy azz antics. 
Friday afternoon we headed over to the Kingston Yacht Club to sail away on the Wine Down Cruise.  That fete was so awesome it required a blog & video of its own!!!  Candy Coated Events & Caesar's Army really took JA carnival up a couple notches this year.
Knowing the busy Saturday we had ahead, we should have went to sleep after the cruise, but we had a pool party at the hotel instead.  Made some bootleg mimosas of Moet, juice and white rum.  (Funny thing about over proof rum in Jamaica.  If you ask for dark rum you will get 80 proof Appleton. If you want over proof rum, they simply call it white rum. LOLOL) Anyway, ended up getting about 3 hours of sleep and it was painful as hell getting up for the next fete.  To quote DJ Quick – Tonight, “Soon as I felt it comin on I should quit, it's true that a drunk ain't shit!” Even though we brought our own food, music and alcohol the hotel was kind enough to keep bringing us ice to help keep our party going.  Love the Spanish Court Hotel

2am Saturday we headed to Caesar’s Army AMBush. Now if you read my other blogs you know 1) I love jouvert 2) I love Caesar’s Army.  This one was a mini version of the Trinidad AMBush with only 300 guests.  No complaints about the reduced # of guests.  It was a much smoother package pick up process and the AMBush start was much quicker.  Machel and I think Skinny Fabulous performed, I tend to wander off and dance with the water truck so it’s possible that there were other performers.  The liquor was flowing, OMG the liquor was flowing, GOOD GRIEF the liquor was flowing. Even tho we thoroughly  covered ourselves with baby oil before the start, that lime green paint had us all looking like we had jaundice afterwards. Everything we touched Saturday turned yellow, F*ck it!!! 
Caesar's Army AMBush Jamaica
Dei Musicale
Left AMBush around 7am, headed to the hotel for a quick shower and change of clothes and then straight to the Sunrise Breakfast fete. The breakfast fete went until around  11am, I was pretty useless there (was regretting the pool party the night before).  Ate breakfast, had a beer and tried to stay out of the blazing sun. The fellas skipped AMBush, were at Sunrise much longer and confirmed that the breakfast fete was as awesome as it was last year. 
The fellas

Because some people never learn, we headed straight the hotel pool after the breakfast fete for another pool party.  To quote DJ Quick again, “I thought you wasn't drinkin no more…  Yeah right, we doin the same ol shit tonite.” The fellas were even kind enough to bring us a sh*t load of jerk chicken which we promptly tore the *BEEP* up!!!   

We did manage to get some rest Saturday afternoon before we headed to the Frenchmen Bazodee fete.  Just like last year Bazodee was fabulously upscale.  Like 10 different food stations with every type of Caribbean food your heart could desire.  The best DJs and lots of Caribbean artists mingling in the crowd. 

Sunday Road March: JA carnival is a little different than other carnivals because there is only one band “Bacchanal Jamaica”.  According to LehWeGo the band is about 3,500 people strong.  That was about the size of my band in Trinidad.  I like the one band concept. If you get a late start like we do, you don’t have to waste an hour looking for your particular band.  You just have to go to the parade route and find the only band on the route.  I can’t remember if there were 4 music and 4 drink trucks or 5, but there was no problem getting drinks and great vybz.  JA allows t-shirt sections which is usually a NO NO with big carnivals. 

My only problem is lunch.  They only give you 30 minutes for lunch.  Lunch is usually the time were we take a quick power nap.  We got to the lunch site at 2pm and they announced that they would be departing at 2:30.  You best believe they left at 2:30 with about 50% of the masqueraders still inside eating.  I was running behind the last truck with a piece of chicken in my hand, Just Kidding! The road march starts at 10am and they go until around 10pm maybe even later.  Ima “G” but I can’t drink and dance in the blazing sun for 12 hours straight.  We got to the las lap fete around 7pm.  I ate dinner, had a drink and then literally said to my friends,  “I have nothing left to give to today, I’m going back to the hotel.”  No pool party that night, I was out like a baby.
Machel Montano

DJ Private Ryan

Bacchanal Jamaica
My homies flew out crack of dawn Monday, I booked a late flight and chillaxed by the pool all day.  I thought about going to the Bob Marley Museum, but I decided to just keep my azz behind the secure gates of the Spanish Court Hotel with my Port-a-Party.

Another successful carnival to ward off my tabanca.  So I shall now leave you with the recap video.  See ya next year!

If you ever decide to hit up JA carnival  www. is where you are going to find centralized information.