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Sep 5, 2013

And the Mas Camps continue…

Mas Camps leading up to the spectacular Carnival Road March on September fourteenth, are now underway. The first stop on Wednesday night by our News Five team was at Dean Street where energy was flowing among the members of Black Pearl. Before the night was over, we caught up with Pickstock Carnival, Jump Street Posse and Eternity Mas Camp.  It’s early to know who will win this year, but there is certainty that the costumes are more elaborate and vibrant in color. Duane Moody has a report.


Duane Moody (Stand Up)

“Day one of course of Mas Camps 2013 took us to see three bands—two juniors and one senior. And tonight on day two, we are here on Dean Street for Black Pearl as they prepare for the prejudging in the Mas Camps Competition.”


This is the twenty-fifth year that Band Leader, Dorla Vaughn, has had representation in the carnival in both senior and junior category. This year, unlike previous years when her bands would compete in senior and junior categories, Vaughn is putting her focus on the youth. And with that much experience under her belt, she is bringing seventy-five revelers, two kings and one queen.


Dorla Vaughn, Black Pearl

Dorla Vaughn

“My theme is celebration—celebrating with you, Belize at thirty-two. We are doing St. George’s Caye Day, Independence Day and Carnival Day.”


Duane Moody

“Tell us about the intricate colors and how you came up with the concept?”


Dorla Vaughn

“Well we know that we were victorious in the Battle of St. George’s Caye, so we use the white and the silver for peace. We use the red, white and blue signifying the color of the flag. With those we did a map of Belize and put those on the headdress. And we put the thirty-two for the thirty-two year independence. Moving on to the carnival section, we have five different colors because carnival is colors, carnival is mass.”


The next stop was over to the north side for the Pickstock Carnival Band. There is no better description, the camp was energized and a kaleidoscope of colors depicted their unique theme of Elements of Nature. Band leader, Gareth Gill, says that he is coming to blow the competition out of the water; with not two or three, but five sections in the band.



Gareth Gill

areth Gill, Pickstock Carnival Band

“First time we have ever, ever had five sections. Pickstock consists of one hundred and two members strong. And for this year, our theme is the elements of nature. And we tried to do things a little bit different. We decided to go color—all the different colors in different sections. We have the sun, then we have the clouds that form. We have the water that burst out of the clouds… We have the hurricane and after the hurricane, we have the beautiful rainbow that sprouts out in different colors. We don’t want to do things that we have already done in our past because I don’t believe that that is carnival. We need to make up different themes and come up with different strategy and different colors.”


Duane Moody

“But Gary one thing that we always notice is that it is the same thing over and over—just same frames and different colors—man, are you changing it up?”


Gareth Gill

“Oh no Pickstock … we noh have the same frame and we noh have the same color. Everybody can see that our king and queen costume is totally different, our revelers costume is totally different; the judges are impressed and the neighbors are impressed.”


And the last junior group for the night was Marina Welcome’s Jump Street Posse.


Marina Welcome, Jump Street Posse

Marina Welcome

“This year is all about Belize—it is Belizean legacy. We are doing Belize itself; we are doing the Garifuna and we are doing the Maya because those are our inheritance. You know; nobody does it like Jump Street Posse. Our first section is Belizean gem. You know Belize is special; that is our diamond. So we are doing the map and the diamond and that is Belizean gem because come on Belize is land of the free. Our second section is the Garifuna. We all know about the two-foot cow so we are going to bring it carnival style for them—nobody do it like Jump Street Posse. And our third section is the Maya; that’s our first inhabitance so we cannot forget about them because if you listen to the news every time, the Mayas are fighting to be heard and seen. So we are helping them.”


The fourth and final stop for the night was a senior group. The Eternity Mas Camp has been competing for the past seven years.


Misty Williams

Misty Williams, Eternity Mas Band

“This year we are doing fantasy; exploring the mind. We know a lot of people think about things and want it to come to life. Well this year we are bringing it to life. Our first section is passion—you have to have that drive; that feeling. And then that second section—only two sections we are doing—that’s fantasia and that summarizes the fantasy part of the costumes and as you notice we have bright colors that are popping just as what you would imagine in the mind.”


After day two, excitement is building up for day three. It’s expected to be a night of non-stop bram as we visit four senior groups: Belizean Jewel, Evolution Mas Band, Mother Nature’s Creation and Erotic Mas Band which  is a non competing carnival group. Duane Moody for News Five.


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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