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Sunday, December 08, 2013
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De River coming down
It is the only mas band that is granted permission to hold a masquerade band launch down the main street in the nation’s capital. Ronnie & Caro launched De River at Port-of-Spain City Hall after a street jump up down Frederick Street, from the Memorial Park, a tradition for the past few years.
With a police escort and costumed masqueraders gyrating along the city’s main traffic artery, the procession attracted scores of onlookers as well as intrepid people in office wear joining in.
De River, designed by Mc Intosh’s wife Caroline, and Abina John and Carlotta “Coty” John, comprises nine sections, appropriately named Bloody Bay, Royal River, Rainbow River, Shark River, Vine River, River Lime, Waterfall, Mud Slide, Washer Woman & Water Carriers. A “guest section,” to be produced by Dilyn Explosives, is called The Over Flow.
A former International Soca Monarch and music band lead vocalist, Mc Intosh became a mas bandleader in 2008 presenting De Gulf. Prior to this transition, Ronnie & Caro presented mas for two years with Masquerade (2004-05), and two with Legacy (2006-07). Ronnie & Caro has enjoyed tremendous success in the Band of the Year medium category competition, winning the coveted title on five occasions.
On the weekend, Mc Intosh said: “We like to keep our themes local. We come together on Ash Wednesday to discuss and come up with a theme for the following year.
“Minshall is the original ‘river man’ so Washer Woman & Water Carriers is a tribute to this great mas man.”
Registration is well underway for De River, at the mas camp of Ronnie & Caro, located on Warren and Ana Streets, Woodbrook.
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