Btw, the introduction of the Rhythm Section truck was a nice touch guys.
SummerCrew is a is a Premium Drinks inclusive band. Their masqueraders each received a “Drinks card” entitling them to a set quota of beverages (I think its 10 drinks for both Monday and Tuesday). Every visit to the drinks truck would equal a hole punch by bartender, which was working efficiently up to the point when masqueraders did in fact bombard the drinks truck and bartenders were more focused on mixing drinks than punching holes.
I honestly cannot recall if food/lunch was served, but I do recall the same mini Patty Shack van, that we hitched a ride in for Monday Night Mas, trailing the band selling Jamaican patties at $5EC/ea. The chicken patty was surprising really good.
This is where it all fell apart ... and I don’t really drink!! But the real drinkers all agreed that this year's bar situation was terrible with extremely slow service and a narrow selection of chasers. It felt like it was always two bartenders working at any given time, and there was no system in place. Furthermore, the drinks truck actually closed down for 10 minutes, not once, but twice!
We recommend putting two drinks trucks on the road next year ... one for water, beer and soft drinks and the other for mix drinks. And the mix drinks truck should have pre-poured liquor in cups (at least for the commonly ordered drinks) ready to grab and mix with reveler’s chaser of choice.
SummerCrew costumes cost between EC $500.00-EC $550.00 (US $185-$203), with a $125EC (US $46) deposit at time of registration. This also includes Premium Drinks on the road.
Although we didn’t spot Santa Claus playing mas this year, we did manage to thoroughly enjoy the road on Tuesday thanks to SummerCrew and won’t hesitate to play mas with them next year. Their Bikini Cruise and Mas experience definitely make our top Spicemas highlights very year.
So We Dey,
Daddy Juice aka The Carnival Ref
GCC Spicemas 2011 Results - Carnival Tuesday
Fancy Mas Band of the Year
1. Commancheros and Assoc: Lost Treasures beneath the Caribbean Sea
2. Andre Garvey & Assoc: Lead us into temptation
3. RKD & Assoc: A taste of India
Helen Marie & Assoc: Extravaganza
Traditional Mas Band of the Year
1. Bras Shortnee
2. Hermitage Shortnee
3. Waterloo Shortnee
Spicemas Road March 2011
So We Dey - Lavaman (Marcus James)
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