Bacchanal season kicks off
BY 11:00 pm Friday, the parking lot at the New Mas Camp was full to capacity as hundreds of 'socaphiles' turned out for Bacchanal Le Masquerade which opened its 2013 season.
Bacchanal Jamaica was celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Fans worked up a sweat to the pulsating soca beats of Trinidad's DJ Private Ryan and homeboy DJ Sanjay who played the latest hits such as Patrice Roberts' A Little Wine and Bunji Garlin's She Ready and Differentology.
At the ticket booth, patrons over 18 years old were given armbands which allowed them to purchase liquor. Those under 18 were granted entry but without armbands.
"Bacchanal keeps me coming back for 10 years as soca music is very electrifying and has a vibe like no other. Carnival time is definitely my favourite time of the year," said 31-year-old Audrey Morrison.
Similar sentiments were expressed by 27-year-old Melissa Pinnock, a self-described soca addict for more than a decade.
Attendants at the costume booths were busy throughout as patrons scouted for costumes to be worn at the Road March on April 7.
It was approximately 2:15 am when the 'massive' made their way toward the exit, ending the first session of a busy Bacchanal season.
The Bacchanal Fridays fete continues on February 22 featuring Trinidad and Tobago's DJ Dawg Slaughter of Excalibur International Disco and local favourite DJ Smoke.