2/6/2013 9:32 AM
By now all mas costumes have been paid for, right?
Well mas bands have been working feverishly to get their presentations ready for the road next week Monday and Tuesday.
Among them, popular band RONNIE and Caro. The Band is ready to portray its 2013 presentation, The Mystery of the Cascadura, on Carnival Monday and Tuesday, according to bandleader Ronnie McIntosh.
“Most of the costumes are sold out, distribution is going smoothly, and the DJ, security, trucks, generators, drinks, food... everything is in place,” noted McIntosh.
The Mystery of the Cascadura centres around an English plantation owner who fell in love with an Indian girl. She fed him curry cascadura, and, according to legend, when he returned to England, he fell ill and had to return to Trinidad where he became well again. The band’s sections include ‘Plantation’, ‘Great House’, ‘East Indians’, and ‘Curry Cascadura’.
McIntosh told a local newspaper that the band was forced to upgrade to the Large Band category last year, when the National Carnival Bands Association (NCBA) reduced the number of participants for a Medium Band from 1,000 to 600 masqueraders.
McIntosh said Carnival 2012 was “funny” because, although NCBA changed their category requirements, the Downtown Carnival Committee did not. Therefore, when they paraded, Ronnie and Caro was judged by NCBA as a large band — in which they placed fourth — while they placed first in the Medium Band category for Downtown Carnival.
“This year we are officially in the large category where the NCBA is concerned. This year we are a small, large band with 1,200 masqueraders,” he said.