8. Mas Players Int'l.
9. Fantazia Int'l
10. Black Sage
12. Concept Costume Creators
13. Bitter Lemon
14. Blues Carnival Fusion
15. Renaissance Mas
16. Spirits of the Caribbean
Ok everybody, this is the full parade in order of appearance.
I'm a man who tries to embrace change. I'm all for coming up with improvements to the festival through innovative ideas and approaches. I see the management committee has come up with some changes to the parade route, they have moved the judging onto the lakeshore and are having the bands do a lap in the CNE before hitting the road.
This allows them to lock down the CNE and charge admission to many more patrons who want to get a view of the costumes before the hordes of "spectators" jump into the bands. This is sounding like a good idea and it should allow for a less crowded way to see the parade. It sounds like a good option for people with children. Hopefully it will dissuade young mothers from storming the parade with baby and stroller in tow. Hopefully it generates some revenue and offers a good alternative to patrons.
The TMBA's plan to announce the order of the bands 3 weeks before the parade, has been executed. We can ask some questions about the success or motives behind the decision. Did it benefit the new bands who are making their first appearance in the class A group? Who did it benefit? Was it the masqueraders? Was it the larger bands with with loyal followings?
I'm really not asking this to be controversial, I really think I am missing something here, and would love to hear from stakeholders.
One person told me the motive was to have masqueraders choose a band based on the quality of costumes and services, as opposed to position in the parade. I could understand that motivation, If I am a band leader and last year I felt I had hot costumes, but lost customers due to parade position, I would push for this rule.
As a new band, maybe I would have wanted to roll the dice and see if I can beat the 4/7 odds to land an early spot. I'm thinking Tru Dynasty would welcome a few more weeks to capitalize on a number 3 position... is it a little late now? Does this policy protect the market share of established bands?
What you all think?