Ready for mas
Socaholics came out in their droves to Mas Camp, St Andrew, on Friday for a preview of carnival 2017 Year-Fete at Bacchanal New Year Fete and Band Launch.
“From our small start at Devon House all those years ago, we can still proudly say if you want the real deal, the authentic bacchanal pon di road, then the only place to find to find that is right here with us at Bacchanal Jamaica. Nobody else can deliver thatbecause in Jamaica, Bacchanal is carnival,” Michael Ammar Jr, director of Bacchanal Jamaica told his audience.
To that task, Ammar listed a host of initiatives all aimed at raising the bar for 2017.
“Carnival will be bigger, better, newer, as we have a host of exciting stuff on the horizon,” he told the Jamaica Observer.
It will all start on March 3 with the six Friday night fetes that lead into April’s main events. According to Ammar, patrons can expect six unique parties as every week it will be a different theme which the venue will reflect. The big changes will affect the Road March on Sunday, April 23.
“We have even more fantastic costumes,” he explained.
Those wanting to ‘play mas’ have even more options than last year, with the addition of four costumes from overseas designers to the over ten local offerings. In addition, the costume sign-up and delivery process has been overhauled to make things quicker, simpler, and more accessible.
“It will be an easier costume sign-up experience and a whole new, plush, costume -delivery process,” he said.
The aim is not only to boost local, but international participation as well.
“Right now we’re at 25 per cent overseas persons but we’re hoping to shoot for 40 per cent, as that’s where the future growth is,” he added.
For the other major changes, Ammar is holding the details close to his chest but was willing to say that there will be a new start point and route for the road march, as well as an improved after-party.
Saturday’s event went off with no hitches, showing off a new layout. The audience was treated to a live performance from Trinidadian soca songstress, Patrice Roberts, after a long lead-in by deejays Richie RAS and Franco. The night was then bookmarked by female deejay Tifa, who introduced the costumes for 2017.