The Good: It’s rare that I hit a carnival where I am able to party and also relax. I usually party my life away and come home feeling like I need a vacation from my vacation. I got to actually take in the splendor that is Barbados. Would you believe I’ve been to Trinidad six times and have yet to chillax in tropical paradise of Tobago (that will all change 2015).
The Bad: I was on the road carnival Monday asking myself, “How long has Barbados had a carnival? Seems like they are rather new to this rodeo.” Lot of amateur type mistakes.
The Ugly: I had a good time, I had a REALLY good time, but when you put all things into perspective Crop Over just didn’t produce enough bang for its buck. Once Crop Over crossed the $2,000 threshold it was encroaching on Trinidad territory. I never compare any carnival to Trinidad, but Crop Over asked for it with that price tag. It just didn’t produce $2K worth of (or Trinidad type) fun.
As LehWeGo says, "Do the Triple!" (3 big carnivals TnT, JA & BIM). My peeps & I all landed in Bridgetown, Barbados early Thursday afternoon, rented our car and headed to our 3 bedroom villa on Surfer's Point. We rented this lil car with no doors that we named Meep Meep (like the Road Runner sound), I would never step foot in that car in the USA, but it was rather fun getting lost in the islands in it. Wrong move coming down a curvy road and you might go flying out the frekkin side. Anyway, we got settled in our lil villa briefly then headed to Lush cooler fete at Pollards Mill. It was a beautiful location where people have weddings and sh*t like that. As you can see, everyone drank, drank, drank and danced their dayym lives away.
|Lush Cooler Party|
|After party with my bottle of champagne|
After Canboulay we headed straight to an unknown location to pick up our Caesar’s Army packages. My navigation skills were really put to work as I had to read an old fashion map all weekend and guide the driver. WHEW as P-Square would say, “E No Easy”. Afterwards it was back to the villa to wash our asses and get ready for the Candy Coated Cruise. There was a tropical storm passing through the area so the waters were insanely choppy. None the less we drank, ate, danced, the works. The Candy Coated events are always small, intimate gatherings. Seeing these folks carnival after carnival, its like we are one lil fete’n family. There was a boat across from us as we boarded with about 10 bazillion people on it and I just knew it was going to explode & sink at any moment.
|Much needed nap in MEEP MEEP as we waited to board the boat|
|All hands up in de air|
|Beautiful, yet very choppy waters|
|Miss Candy Coated Events|
|Rum Fire literally set my esophagus on FIYAH|
|Caesar's Army Ambush BIM|
|Ambush Wet Fete|
Sat we skipped the afternoon, evening & late nite events of Scorch cruise, Bliss all inclusive, and JAM breakfast party and saved $270. We shoulda went to sleep after AMBush but instead we had a private beach fete (well we headed to Krave mas camp to pick up our costumes first. Shout out for the easy breezy pick up). What does a private beach fete entail you ask??? Blasting chunes from the Bose, the inflatable cooler, lots of champagnes, rum and good friends. It was so awesome; we were out there until around 5pm. That’s when everyone was drunk, burnt, and hungry. I did a mini photo shoot while we were out there.
|Chunes powered by DJ Private Ryan|
Sunday was the Limerz Cruise, it was beyond amazing, one of the best boat rides/fetes I’ve been on EVER!! 8 catamarans cruising through the Caribbean Sea side by side. Each with its own DJ, bar, and catered lunch. I took a “boat load” of amazing pix that day, but sadly had an incident and broke my phone b4 the pix could be backed up to the cloud. Here are some pix borrowed from various sources (Lehwego, Jermaine & Charmaine). *Update* recovered 80% of my pix and wrote a blog just for Limerz Cruise.
|Thanks to LehWeGo for capturing the moment|
|My DIY feather collar and its new owner|
Road March video
|Or you can get with that.|
|If u cant tell by now, I really love champagne|
Like I said above, I had a dayyym good time, I just didn’t have $2,000+ worth of “Good Time” Because I live my life on a series of financial spreadsheets I can truly equivalate fun into $$ and I had about $1,400 worth of fun. I suppose I coulda saved myself $400 and not played mas or made my own costume and stormed the bands cause security wasn’t very good. Maybe that’s what I’ll do if I ever come back. See you at Miami carnival as we do The Quadruple, as LehWeGo says!
|Lil yellow Mustang & liquid breakfast|