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Sep 8, 2006

Southside revellers countdown to road march

Story PictureThe competition is definitely on … following our broadcast of carnival bands from the north side of Belize City preparing for the road march on Saturday, last night south side camps were determined to try and steal the show.

Ava Lovell, Reporting
?You were missing from the carnival last year Nadia, why was that??

Nadia Avila, Band Leader, Mahogany Masqueraders
?Well what happen, due to financial constraint the band wasn?t able to come out, and I had my daughter going into fourth form, so I decided to take a break. But this year the kids?it?s a demand for the kids in the Lake Independence area, so I had to accommodate them with this year.?

?We are coming out with something very symbolic for this year. This is twenty-five years of independence and I am trying to go with the theme for this year. We are depicting symbols, symbols of Belize. Belize at twenty-five strong and alive in a beautiful array of colours for carnival.?

?We are coming out in full force; we are coming out there to have fun, that?s our main objective to have fun. Whatever comes out at the end of the day, we?ll be happy.?

Ava Lovell
?Miss Marina, this year makes how many years for Jump Street Posse??

Marina Welcome, Band Leader, Jump Street Posse
?Twenty-four years.?

Ava Lovell
?Twenty-four years, wow. I know people keep complaining about sponsorship. Why do you keep coming back every year even though I know it?s difficult to get sponsorship, why do you keep coming back??

Marina Welcome
?For the sake of the kids, so that they don?t stay out there and be on drugs, being molested by adults, it?s just for the kids? sake.?

?This year I think I went a little bit extravagant. Even though no money noh deh I went a little bit extravagant and what we are doing is just fantasize with the wildlife. You have bambino the two-headed dragon and that will be represented by the national flag of Belize, patriotism to our prime minister and behind that we have some warriors protecting the jungle. Then you go a little deeper into the jungle and you come about with Raven the butterfly and with Raven you meet some birds and butterflies and a lot of things flapping around in the wilderness and when you go a little bit deeper you will come to Rose Marie, the bird of paradise. If you catch that bird it will give you a wish.?

Ava Lovell
?We have been hearing a lot about the Yabra Hawaiians. We know this is a new group and what can we expect from this group??

Lisa, Band Leader, Yabra Hawaiians
?Well you can expect some fun because everything people were talking about the Yabra area is just the crime, so we try and do something good about Yabra. So they could expect some fun, enjoyment for the September celebrations.?

Ava Lovell
?So how long have you guys been preparing??

?Ooh short, we never had enough time, but we did it, we did it anyway. We have about two months, two and a half months we do, but a lot of hard work. With five ladies we get it done.?

Keisha Alvarez, Co-Band Leader, Fantezhia Mass Band
?I start about a month now.?

Ava Lovell
?Just one month??

Keisha Alvarez
?Just a month now because we got finance late from sponsorship and everything. Mass improvement this year. Lot of hard work, as you can see we?re finishing up last touches and everything, but expect a lot from us this year. Our independence is coming up, so we have to make our country proud and show them that we love our country, so we are dealing with the independence for this year.?

Ava Lovell
?How many members are in the group??

Keisha Alvarez
?I?m catering for sixty this year.?

Ava Lovell
?And the age range??

Keisha Alvarez
?From sixteen up, so you could come dance too. Everybody should come out and watch the bands, the different bands and don?t let anything stop them because it?s a family event. It?s a lot of colours, a lot of hard work we put into it, so we really appreciate if people come out and just support. Come and enjoy themselves also because they can jump in dance.?

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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