First let me begin with an apology.
I'm usually on time with my blog posts but life happens and when dealing with death, especially of a loved one....nothing, not even blogging about carnival costumes excited me. Since you come here for brutal honesty, that's exactly what it is. I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
Party Room Squad impressed me but not for the reasons some may think.
Let's get on with it.
I don't remember the exact time I got to the venue but I got there just in time to see the show begin.. YES. There was a SHOW! The program that I was actually given reads: 2016 "RARE" Costume Extravaganza Launch Program. I mean, this thing was well thought out. That is what impressed me. For whatever the price was to enter their Costume Launch Extravaganza Launch, it was worth it. It wasn't a fete. It was a sit down, family friendly affair that displayed costumes for the children, beating of steel pan, singing, a couple dance routines and a swimwear fashion show. I loved and welcomed the additional entertainment. Something different from the norm. Well received Party Room Squad!
Themes. I believe all bands should have one. I believe I've said this thousands of times. The generic themes bore me along with generic costumes but "RARE" has a story. Story and theme in one band! LOVE. Although the 'name' RARE is in itself generic (as far as themes go) but the story is genius. I just hope what the creators and I visioned is what's transpired on the road.
There are 4 sections in the band.
Of the sections, 1 has 3 phases and 1 has 2.
Let me explain.
- Phase 1
- Phase 2
- Phase 3
THE RED SEA
THE RED CORAL
THE RED DIAMOND
Party Room Squad is trying to portray the joy, the beauty and the pleasures of things that are both rare and permanent.
Phase 1 of the Red Moon is designed by Massive One.
"Silver Lunar is an interpretation of the phases of the moon that lead to the Red Moon eclipse represented by the silver sphere throughout the Male and Female costumes".
The Red Moon Phase 2 designed by Carnival in Motion
"As the Earth's shadow creeps across the moon during the Lunar Eclipse. The moon appears dark before suddenly changing to appear red. The black and grey shades of this costume represent that dark, shadowy period of the lunar eclipse".
The Red Moon Phase 3 designed by Party Room Squad
"THE RED MOON...what lovers yearn for - Under the RED MOON lovers fall in love and lovers recommit to strengthen their love for each other. THE RED MOONS' mystical powers have infinite control over lovers through it's mesmerizing and enticing emanated red glow".
The Red Sea Orange designed by Caribbean Fuzion Inc
"As she extends her arms across the west coast of Arabia, her mystical being transcends across the waters and gibing the illusion of red and orange".
The Red Coral designed by Jamboree Mas
"Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium Rubrum and several related species of marine coral. The distinguishing characteristic of the precious corals is their durable and intensely colored red or pink skeleton, which is used for making jewelry".
Although this section is designed by Jamboree Mas, it isn't the Jamborii Mas that is based here in Miami. This section of the band will sell quickly among the younger people. I will not put my foot in my mouth and say that this section will sell out faster than the others because Party Room Squad has been on the road for about 20/25 years and come second to Wassi One's. You don't stay on the road for so long without a solid following. At this point they don't have masqueraders, they have a family. Trust me, this band HAS THEIR PEOPLE and mark my words, ALL of the sections will sell! What I can say with full confidence is that this is the section that the younger folks will flock to. It has the bold colors and full of feathers. Everything to excite the eyes.
The Red Diamond designed by Party Room Squad
Party Room Squad thought about all shapes and sizes of masqueraders. There is something for everyone in this band. There are some sections that I personally would like to see get some feathers added but they know their clientele way better than I and have been fine so, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'.
There is a FULL GALLARY of the close ups on my DCARNIVALBABY Facebook Page and you can click the link HERE <----- all.="" div="" nbsp="" see="" them="" to="">----->
Again, my apologies for the delayed post. My apologies for the blog in itself but people were waiting and I had to share something.... Party Room Squad, you know you 'got this'! Hope to see how this all plays out on the road!!!