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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Finally!!! Hamilton Mardis Gras pics

Hamilton Carnival 2008
I have to say that we had an outstanding time in Hamilton. It was real fun. They moved the staging area from City Hall. Luckily, downtown Hamilton is pretty small, so it was small ting we found it. It started a little late (I feel its because there was a big accident on the hwy that delayed people coming from Toronto… also, some folks probably went to city hall first. Once we started rolling, we had a really nice time. Carnival Nationz masqueraders were treated to an EXCEPTIONALLY well stocked drink truck :) VERY impressive and much appreciated.
Lets take a picture before we start it!

See how the feathers stood up well after the Caribana storm? Well done Janinne and Bryce.

He eat until he stomach upset, and I .............

The costume Karabana didn't play in from Tribal Knights

Model boy from the band launch & website

Pretty good shot eh?

She TOOOO sweet.

I really liked the smaller crowds, we saw plenty people that we missed at Caribana. Hence, we took a whole heap of pictures.

Look me in mih eye when ah wining

Aye, ~V~ reach

Bullion & Baubles Section leader Denise

If you don't know this guy, yuh still wet behind the ears in the Toronto fete scene.

She look like she was having sooo much fun


Another Blog reader Karabana met

Our Saldenah peeps

Ross, Karabana thanks you for the compliment

You see how most of the spectators stay on the side in Hamilton without barricades or security

Another Anon Blog reader.... definitely a front line H.O. Yuh bettah recognize!

Mih partner posing with yet another young lady

You have to love this man makeup man

They gave us this energy drink called Bullet... had many, featured in most of these pics, hah

We stopped in an internet cafe to use the facilities, and look what Karabana found...
Warrior chic

Mr and Mrs Bootsman

Michanon looking fabulous!!

Mervyn ... band leader of Toronto Caribbean Connection

The barman is a good man to know

Pirate Prisoner

The rain held off until we had pretty much finished the route, About 3pm it started to rain and it was pretty cold also. Instead of putting a damper on the party, I think it created a more lively atmosphere. Usually, when the band reaches Bay front park, revelers go into the park, the music trucks shut down and the park DJ takes over. People scatter around the park lining up for food and washrooms and nobody really paying attention to the music. Certainly, nobody is throwin waist like crazy at 4pm in the park.
Because of the heavy rain and mud, the music truck stayed outside the venue and just continued to play music and people gathered around the truck and were jumping up in the pouring rain. It was a really fun spontaneous vibes.
I think the vendors inside got hit really hard by the rain, I don’t imagine too many people made it into the park. Hopefully, later in the evening they made some money.

These are pics of people partying outside the park

See? men never get on so bad inside the park

After Karabana get bathe down in the rain

We met quite a few blog readers, and it was a pleasure to meet everyone.
True Hamilton is tiny compared to Caribana, but if you just have to measure masquerader enjoyment, I must say, I have as good a time in Hamilton as I do in Caribana. Some people tell me they even look forward to Hamilton more. It reminds me of a Monday Mas in Trinidad.
I guess this might be my last post for the season, so I just want to say thanks to everybody who checks in regularly and we wish you all prosperity and hope you stay safe and happy till next year.

1 comment:

buublenut said...

Hamilton always a nice last lap to look forward to :)

I must say Kara you have some pretty amazing shots of yourself here.

Till the next jump up.....

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