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Sep 9, 2016

Mas camps continue; five bands present diverse themes

The second night of mas camps took place on Thursday on south side Belize City. Five bands were judged for the creativity of their costumes as well as for the relevance to their themes. The different locations were bursting with colors, music and the spirit of the bacchanal as revelers previewed what is to come at the Carnival Road March on September seventeenth. News Five’s Duane Moody reports on day-two of mas camps 2016

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Day two of mas camps 2016 saw five bands presenting their unique designs and themes for this year’s carnival road march. Two junior bands and three senior bands showed us their intricate costumes that their revelers will be dancing away come September seventeenth through the streets of Belize.

Our first stop was Black Pearl Junior band, whose theme this year focused on the emotions of life.

 

Dorla Vaughan, band leader, Black Pearl Carnival Band

Dorla Vaughan

“We are doing love, joy, peace and sorrow. Our sorrow doesn’t indicate death; it is the sad part of sorrow. We use each of the section have a sign or a symbol, the love is heart, we have our heart with red and we line it with a little silver to bring it out. Then we did the peace, the peace is green and white.”

 

Over on Iguana Street extension is where Samantha Soberanis combined the forest and the sea….and super hero Belize Protectors.

 

Samantha Soberanis

Samantha Soberanis, Band Leader, Collet Royal Revelers

“The theme for this year’s carnival for Collet Royal Revelers is protecting the jewel now and forever. The reason we chose to do that team was simply because majority of our animals now a days are being depleted by human activities and by other animals likewise. For that reason I chose to do land and sea. For the land I did the endangered species but I specifically did the yellow head parrot because many people or most of us are use to the jaguar and it is kind of our played so I decided to the yellow head parrot simply because people think that it is a nice or good reason to have it as a pet, but little do they know it is not good. They don’t allow parrots to do whatever it is they want to do if it is locked in a cage. I still did a part with the jaguar because we are used to that. From there we went to the sea and if you did go to king and queen you would notice I did the lionfish. I specifically did the lionfish because that is not a fish of Belize. It’s an invader into our waters and that is why it is named King Lionel invader of the sea. And then I decided and I said if people are depleting the yellow head parrot and the lionfish is invading our seas who is there to bring it back and so I decided to the last section and I said we have the coastal zone management and the protected areas that deal with the yellow head parrots so we look at those people as heroes.”

 

As we approached the location of the Belizean Jewels senior band, the hype could be felt from a distance as revelers dressed in costumes as well as band t-shirts, danced away on Euphrates Avenue.

 

Samantha Bacab, Assistant Manager, Belizean Jewels

Samantha Bacab

“Our theme for this year is secret garden of Africa from the Caribbean and definitely we are coming very hard but we are getting there. Belizean jewels is all about colors, we have one section that is portraying the secret garden that is definitely very colorful. With one of the famous flowers of Belize, the red bell and one of our other sections is the gold and black sections and that is actually representing the other team. Both sections are portraying the theme that we are carrying for this year.”

 

Three blocks away on Pound Street, Fantasy Explosion Carnival Mas Band is of the opinion that they are going to win with its winged pieces of Feisty Butterflies and Ferocious Bees in the land of Bacchanal.

 

Shadine Ottley

Shadine Ottley, Co-Owner/Band Leader, Fantasy Explosion Carnival Mas Band

“A lot of people in the corporate eyes know us for our energetic choreography and dance. But this year you guys imagine these wings come carnival day. Look out for us because we have a lot of surprise. Our theme this year is feisty butterflies and ferocious bees in the land of bacchanal. The theme and concept each beast protects and guard the butterfly in any form of danger or harm from any form of revelry and mas. So in the carnival arena the beast basically protects the butterfly.”

 

Our last stop for the night was at the camp of the defending Carnival Road March Champs, Soca Moca. This year, band Leader Audrey are doing “From the Ridges to the Reef—from the Mystical Rain Forest to the Amazing Barrier Reef.”

 

Audrey, Owner, Soca Moca

Audrey

“First time we really do this theme here or really do these costumes. You know we always do the water, the sea and the river but we never do the depths. We went to the sea bed, the first section is the rainforest where you find the mahogany tree, the jabirus, the scarlet macaw and our national bird the toucan. The section section is only twenty people and that’s the barrier reef, different shades of blue, when you look at it you see the dark blue at the top but if you go deeper the color gets lighter and when we reach the depths, is the sea bed where we find the different fishes and we have all of them, and because of that our last section has seventy-seven people.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

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