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Aug 14, 2015

Soca Madness is Going Down, Carnival Style, on Saturday

Andazi

One of the biggest events for the carnival season will be held this Saturday at the ITVET. It’s the seventh annual Soca Madness…the longest running dance competition associated with the season of bacchanal. It’s organized by Flavaz Entertainment and is essentially a fundraising event for the five junior and six senior bands that will be competing in the September twelfth Carnival Road March. News Five spoke this afternoon with Public Relations Director, Andazi, about the event.

 

Andazi, Public Relations Director, Flavaz Entertainment

“We usually get all the senior bands to come out and we have a dance competition and we give away cash prizes.  Last year, we added the junior bands as well so this is the second year that we will be doing the junior bands in the competition. What we do is give first second and third prizes to all the carnival bands and that is monies to help them out with preparing for the road march. In addition to prizes, they also get a portion of the gross proceeds of the sales from the tickets. So all the carnival bands are selling tickets for the event and as long as you are buying tickets from them, they will be raising funds for their carnival road march. So we like to say that with this competition, there are really still no losers. But you know they still want claim the title.”

 

Duane Moody

“What are the prices this year?”

 

Andazi

“So for the juniors, the price will be ten dollars and that will be for kids under eighteen because once you get to eighteen, then you are able to dance in the senior bands. So eighteen and up, it’s twenty dollars for general admission. And then this year, we are adding a VIP All Inclusive because we know the carnival people like party. In that VIP All Inclusive, we are offering free Traveller’s rum all night long and that’s thirty-five dollars. So you get your VIP ticket, you can come in, get parking inside and you can get your all inclusive bar there at the event. So come out and support. It is an event that keeps getting bigger every year. Flavaz Entertainment loves to be able to support the cultural things that are happening as you can see in many of our events. TR Shine and Ernestine will be performing as well so it is going to be a grand show.”

 

The junior bands are: Mahogany Masqueraders, Pickstock Carnival Band, Sunshine Masqueraders, Collet Royal Masqueraders and Trench Town Masqueraders. The senior bands are: Jam Jam, Mother Nature’s Creation, Rampage Mas Band, Soca Moca, Belize United Carnival Band and Revolution Mas Band. The event starts at six p.m. for juniors and ten p.m. for seniors. 

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