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Sep 4, 2015

Mas Camp Concludes with Five Bands

Mas Camps for the Carnival Road March 2015 concluded with a bang on Thursday night in Belize City. The remaining bands were visited by three of five international judges, who will determine the champ for the junior and senior divisions on September twelfth. But the winners will be announced on the thirteenth following the road march. A total of fourteen bands will be competing this year, including eight seniors and six juniors, and we can tell you that the competition will be tight. Duane Moody has a report on the final night of mas camps 2015.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The final night of mas camp 2015 was epic. Five bands—two juniors and three seniors—rounded off the fourteen bands that will compete in the carnival road march this year. Starting the night with the juniors, we visited the Mahogany Masqueraders and the Sunshine Masqueraders. After taking a sabbatical, Band Leader, Nadia Avila, is back and she is going for the title with her theme, the Circle of Life and the Essence of a Future.

 

Nadia Avila

Nadia Avila, Band Leader, Mahogany Masqueraders

“Life, where we started? From the inception of the Garden of Eden, but instead of the Garden of Eden, I have the Garden of Love. My first section has to do with humans, animals, plants. I have in that the beautiful hibiscus, the beautiful butterfly; I’ll also be having a little sheep and humans. The colors will be so beautiful and vibrant because it has to do with us—from the inception of our birth. The second section has to do with the circle of life. This section has to do with after we born, we grow up to preteen—we are males and females. But how does carnival come in? Music and dance and the beautiful colors. My last section has to do with adulthood. The orange vibrant life, the black death; the red…we all have to die. But during our lifetime, we need to realize that life is beautiful.”

 

And if you’ve dreamed about visiting the pyramids in Egypt, that wish is coming true. The Sunshine Masqueraders will be taking you there with Egyptian Legacy – carnival style.

 

Marilyn Young

Marilyn Young, Band Leader, Sunshine Masqueraders

“This year we will be portraying Egyptian Legacy. If you notice the costumes are in the front and those are the three groups. Queen Nefertiti, the Warriors and the Phoenix, which is the bird; so those are the three groups we have. Queen Nefertiti was the beautiful colored queen…that’s the meaning of her name. And within the Egyptian lifestyle, they had the warriors and this bird that they worshipped. And it is just the lives of how the Egyptians used to life. So it is just a little history of what the Egyptians use to do in those days.”

 

As the night grew older, it was time for the adult revelers of the senior bands to play their costumes. Three blocks away on Dolphin Street, last year’s runner-up for the seniors division were ready for the judges. Soca Moca’s Roy Briceño says that they are coming for the title this time around.

 

Roy Briceño

Roy Briceño, Band Leader, Soca Moca

“Definitely you have that right…Soca Moca is in it for the win this year. This year, we are celebrating forty years of carnival and Soca Moca has the theme of Embracing Carnival of the Past, Celebrating the Present and Uniting for the Future. As history would tell it, the carnival all started from the slavery when it comes to the Caribbean. The African and that is when you’ll see our revelers in the African costume that bears the face.”

 

This year, Princess Mother Nature Creation is stepping away from its traditional themes and looking at “Emotions.”  With a whopping two hundred and ten revelers, the band is planning to regain its title which it lost last year to Erotic.  They are pulling out all the showstoppers….and Spokesperson, Leroy Green, is coming out of his retirement from dancing to play a giant costume.

 

Leroy Green

Leroy Green, Spokesperson, Princess Mother Nature Creation

“Normally, Princess Mother Nature adheres the theme of history, culture and tradition through carnival, but this year, we diverted a bit and we went on a more universal theme. We decided to explore the theme of the Human Psyche and we focused on what goes on in the soul or in the heart. So our theme this year is Emotions and we decided on three levels of emotions—happiness, passion and peace.”

 

Duane Moody

“Sir is Mother Nature coming to regain its title?”

 

Leroy Green

“We are Princess Mother Nature. And we are Princess Mother Nature for a reason since Princess has come on board this year as our biggest sponsor. And yes, we are coming out with a bang Saturday night at the King and Queen when Miss Vanessa Williams will be portraying Queen Happiola and at the urging of the bands, I am coming back and I will be playing King Passion.”

 

Talk about presentation…our last stop for the night took us to the compound of the UNO Gas Station on the Phillip Goldson Highway near the A&R Store.

 

Lisa Alvarez

Lisa Alvarez, P.R., Titans

“Titans will be presenting for this year’s carnival road march the theme, Dance the Universe and under the theme we have four major categories or sections. The first section we have the explosive eruption of celebration. In that section we have two powerful princes. We have Helios as well as Hyperion and they are chartered by their Earth King, the father, King Adma who basically sends them out to start the celebration of this dancing of the universe and so they basically control these breathtaking dancers and they take them through this epic frenzy of celebration of the universe.”

 

David Matus

David Matus, V.P./Designer, Titans

“Right now we are very confident of what we have put out in the months and weeks and all the ideas put together by myself and Roberto. With the designs, we are sure that we are going to give it a run for the competition. Titans is a new name on the street, but the designers are not new to the game.”

 

Overall, the costumes this year have improved in creativity, design and durability and that’s because the executives of the carnival association have provided training on designing and wire-bending for the band leaders. This, President Sandra Mahler says will ensure that the public will be awed come the day of the road march on September twelfth.

 

Sandra Mahler, President, Carnival Association

“This is the final night but mien, we wish we had more nights so that we could visit mas camps because you actually get to see what these people are doing. They are putting a lot of work into these costumes. We have six junior bands competing and eight senior bands competing so we have fourteen bands in all.”

 

Duane Moody

“This is kinda the largest we’ve seen in some years now right?”

 

Sandra Mahler

Sandra Mahler

“Yes this is the largest for a number of years, but what we did this year was to encourage them to come out to showcase what they have and it is a way to get the children off the street during the summer and we educate them during the time of practices.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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