Congrats to Carnival Nations for winning Band of The Year during their 10-year anniversary. Initially, CaribVibeTV posted a “no band of the year” on Instagram due to the lack of all bands crossing the second stage and massive amount of stormers jumping in the longer parade route. Below is my recap playing in the 2014 Caribana Parade.
Well to all those who called or text me. For my multiple sources THERE IS NO TORONTO CARNIVAL BAND OF THE YEAR FOR 2014! Please confirm with me if you heard different. But With the breakdown of nonmasqueraders storming the 2nd judging point and not all bands coming down the road. I want to applaud all the bandleaders, section leaders, volunteers and masquerades. You did your part! FMC BETTER FIX THIS A LOT OF PPL ARE REAL UNHAPPY. @tocarnival #cantbeserious #tocarnival #pleasetellmeitisnttrue
I am no ‘mas expert‘, but based on conversation with previous masqueraders, stormers in the Caribana parade has been a BIG problem for many years. The main reason is more than likely the lack of knowledge of the whole purpose of carnival.
A lot needs to be done on many levels to change the misconception of what Toronto Carnival Culture is. By the time Carnival Nations reached the judges on Lake Shore it was utter chaos!!!!!! If you agree that change is need need please share this & leave a comment with a suggestion on how things can be improved…..
Having played in Trinidad, I know stormers are common. The biggest difference I’ve seen is their respect for the bands when crossing the stage. Carinval in general is a fun event but it is also a COMPETITION. It is also a safety hazard. Mas bands hire a certain number of people for security to accommodate for the safety of people that paid to go down the parade route.
Other than that, I tried my best to enjoy the day based on my understanding of the carnival culture. Below are pics on the road with Carnival Nationz.
Stormers were my biggest pet peeve at last year’s Caribana Parade. Although Caribana is a more cost-effective alternative to Trinidad Carnival, next year will more than likely be my last playing.
Here are some good reads talking about the stormer invasion:
Do you think the carnival culture is lost at the Caribana Parade?