Grenada has this little thing called Spicemas. It is their version of Carnival or Mardi Gras. Fortunately for us, they adjusted the dates to fit in with cruising season. Carnival in August? Yes, please! I created a video of the Los Comancheros steel pan band and the costume making behind the scenes.
Ever wonder who made the beautiful and colorful costumes worn at Carnival? They don’t buy them out of a catalog. Someone or a committee designs and approves new costumes every year for carnival and then a team of people devote their time and energy into making the costumes a reality. Seeing what happens in the background only increases my respect and awe for Carnival and all the people involved. Also, the steel pan bands that compete and play at various events during and surrounding Carnival are all kids. They are so good. I figured it was like our band class at school, except steel pan band. Was I ever wrong. These kids practically live and breathe their drums. They practice every single day for hours and have to travel to practice to do it. These kids are amazingly devoted. Again… Respect! You gotta respect what they do. Although, I must say, when they were done practicing and performing for us, I was very glad to see them running around and acting like kids do everywhere else in the world.
This is just a peek, much was kept from our view so that there would still be surprises in store for us. Also, this is only one band and their followers. There are multiple bands that participate with all different costumes and songs. Yes, this band knows more songs, but I did not record them when they performed for us – only this song that they were working so hard to perfect. The only sound in the video is the band playing, so sound comes and goes as it it alternates between still shots and video. I can’t wait to see it all put together and see the outfits on the men, women, and children in the parades!