Derek picked us up in the maxi taxi at 6 AM. Yup, that’s right, 06:00. That way we could beat the rush of traffic and find a place to park the cab. We were on the streets at Adam Smith Square, one of the judging stations by 0700. Before the festivities really got romping, two of our friends, Jill from s/v “Look Far” and Elina from s/v “Sapphire”, got out the brushes and applied the costume make-up to themselves and Joy. They wanted to really be in the swing of things!
Most bands have a large Pan Rhythm section. The Steel Orchestras call this section “The Engine”, and you have to see it to understand why. Imagine this 40 foot semi-trailer swaying and bouncing so hard that at times the tires almost leave the ground! Now that’s a rhythm section.
In addition the bands have one or more music trucks powered by the huge generator you see at the front.
We’re mostly going to show you a lot of photos with a comment here and there about this last day of Carnival, the Grand Parade. Our friend Jill had arranged for a group of us to sit on a roof top bar right next to Adams Park Square at a cost of $100 TT per person, $16 US. The rooftop patio allowed us to sit in shade, feel the breeze, have our own bar serving drinks and snacks, and have a good overhead view of the entire parade.
Each band had at least one bar truck, some many more, as bands range is size from as small as 50 to as large as 1500 performers and dancers.