It’s Bacchanal in January! Usually I wait until the launch of Bacchanal Friday but since I declared this year my “Carnival Year,” I decided that I wanted to be there from the start. I also, wanted to scope out the costumes seeing that I am interested in playing Pretty Mas this year.
I wasted no time when the early bird tickets were released, I asked a friend to swing by Mas Camp a day before the early bird was originally scheduled to end.
As usual my Friday work day was eventful so I was a bit stressed/tired by the time I went home but I was looking forward to hearing some good soca music & seeing some pretty costumes.
Once I got to the parking lot, I was already in a Merry mood!
On entry to Mas Camp I received so many goodies I didn’t expect to even get. I got a Smirnoff mason jar, a Heineken cup, tiaras & beads.
After scoping out the venue, we decided to visit the bar. As usual, there was a Bacchanal Mug Deal which for only $1000 JMD gave us four drinks (Smirnoff mixes). It wasn’t a “get tipsy” night for me, so four drinks were quite reasonable. My drink of choice for the night was Smirnoff Apple & Pure Country Orange Juice. I just have to big up the bartenders…they were the real MVPs!
Thanks to all my Soca Mixtapes, Slam 101 FM (Barbados) & Hot 97 FM (SVG), my soca music IQ is through the roof lol. I didn’t even realized I knew so many 2015/2016 songs already.
DJ Richie Ras was the DJ at the turntables when I got to Mas Camp & he was spinning some Cropover & 2016 niceness!
Next up was Back to Basic out of New York. They definitely got the crowd moving & anticipating the costume reveal.
Nikki Z did hosting duties for the night & I have to big her up because she held her own.
This year’s theme is Legacy: Live the Dream.
Here are my top 5 favourite costumes (in no particular order):
- Celebration (The Frontline specifically) sponsored by Appleton Jamaica.
- Mojave by Peeny Wallie Mas
- Conquest sponsored by the Jamaica Observer.
5. Les Masquerade by Trinijungle Juice (Sponsored by Pure Country)
The costumes are so hot this year, I think my carnival body is a year behind!
Check out Bacchanal Jamaica’s website here to see the other costumes.
I was really pleased to see a lot of new sections within the Bacchanal Jamaica band.
After the costume reveal, DJ Richie Ras, DJ Sanjay & Back to Basic really turned things up a notch!
Here are a few more videos courtesy of my Snapchat…
I had an amazing time with my friends and I look forward to Jamaica Carnival 2016 because if Bacchanal New Year was a taste of what Bacchanal Jamaica has to offer, this year will definitely live up to the theme.
Until Next Fete