Headed to Raleigh/Durham for their 3rd annual CaribMask
carnival. I gotta hand it to them, for
only being their 3rd year, they really had their sh*t together. They had a good selection of bands and a very
large crowd of on lookers who you can clearly tell are excited about having a
carnival in their city.
It was a random weekend were I didn’t have anything on my
calendar. My brother lives half way to
Raleigh, so I drove to his place and then he drove the rest of the way. We linked up with our Atlanta band www.maddcolorscarnival.com so we didn’t
have to buy a costume. The hotel suite was
only $80/night & we only stayed two nights.
The clubs were dirt cheap, so the trip was basically free. The best part was getting to satisfy my
carnival addiction, if you have read any of my other carnival blogs you know my
carnival addiction is bad bad bad!!!
|Mr. & Mrs. Madd Colors|
|Their son is a hot dayym good DJ|
Some (but not all) of the other mas bands on the road for www.caribmask.com can be seen below. In only 3 years they have managed to put
together a nice line up.
|Baby Madd Colors|
If you can’t tell by all the pix below, the Haitian troupe was my absolute
favorite. They have a folk dress that is
very similar to the Pollera folk dresses worn in my home country of
Panama. According to Google it is called
a Quadrille dress (please forgive me if I’m incorrect). I was instantly in love when I saw them. There is a very, very, very slight chance that
we will skip Trinidad carnival 2015 and go to Panama instead (same dates) and
if we do, you best believe that I will be wearing a beautiful folk dress.
As I looked through the pix I couldn’t help but notice how mesmerized
the crowd was by the parade. People
proud of their culture and glad to have a little piece of home right here in
|The new owner of my feather backpack|
After the road march, people from each country came on stage
and rep’d their flag. You know who Turnt
Up and Turnt Out… sweet sweet TnT
I want to give a shout out to the photographer extraordinaire
Paco for taking all the pix. It was nice
getting to dance & drink the day away and not be on camera duty.
Below is just a few pix from the nightlife. We had good friends, Bose speaker, and lots
of rum so of course we had a blast.
If you are located somewhere nearby and a pricey flight is
not a factor for you, I would definitely recommend checking out CaribMask
Raleigh/Durham Carnival in 2015.