The Lost Tribe Carnival Feteyard sailor edition fete was a success with patrons, not only for the music and entertainment, but the opportunity it gave them to express themselves. The event took over the top three floors of the Furness City Park carpark on Friday night, a unique experience for many attendees.
The sailor mas theme was taken up by most patrons to some degree, with some choosing a simple hat, striped clothing or a simple neckerchief, others wearing full custom outfits, some choosing to have one piece of clothing fitting the theme, and some wearing whatever they’d wear to a normal fete. Blue, white, black and grey were the colours most in evidence, with many people sticking to the colours if not the costume.
Patrons were appreciative of the theme and the chance it gave them to experience the mas outside of its normal setting of J’Ouvert or Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
Content creator Afiya Francis, who wore part of her 2020 Lost Tribe costume as part of her sailor costume, said this was the first sailor mas fete she had been to.
“I’ve always been an advocate for our generation, the younger generation, to get involved in Carnival traditional mas, so I think this is a great initiative from Lost Tribe to encourage more young people to be a part of the culture and not just the bikini and beads. That’s what I love about Lost Tribe, they use their imagination with all these concepts and it really allows people to come out and experience the mas, and in our own way. We can still be sexy, we can still be fun but really we embrace the culture of Carnival.”
Jen Walcott said she always looks forward to the thematic aspect of Lost Tribe Carnival.
“We love to wear the sailor, we love to wear the mas, traditional or new, we love it, all the fancy things, so this is wonderful. Everybody has on something sailor, whether they have on their sailor hat, their shirt, a pants, something.”
Actor and educator Emmanuel Ansolia said, “I always have been a big supporter of this idea of trying to include traditional forms in what you do contemporarily, so the theme of sailor is nice, it gets people to come out and appreciate the mas for what it is.”
Another patron said she found the theme was different from other fetes, and she enjoyed seeing everybody being creative, although she had been expecting more of a J’Ouvert experience.
Some patrons said the venue offered a new experience for them.
The top floor, which was uncovered, was a liming area where people could set up their coolers, buy food from Taste Maracas and Wonton Hut, and sample free prosecco and ice cream, with a mini bar for those who chose not to bring their own drinks.
[caption id="attachment_999456" align="alignnone" width="1024"] A group of friends at The Lost Tribe Feteyard sailor edition at Furness City Park, Independence Square, Port of Spain on Friday. Photo by Ayanna Kinsale[/caption]
The middle of three floors served as the dance floor and at times shook under the feet of the patrons as they danced and sang along to the music being