Skin, skin and more skin was the order of the day yesterday, as masqueraders chose to wear next to nothing as they paraded the city streets.
At the judging point at the Queen's Park Savannah, well-toned women combatted the blazing morning sun in thongs and bra tops. In some cases, they wore underwear, but only body paint and glitter covered their upper bodies. Even the men seized the opportunity to show off their rock-hard abs with some wearing nothing but tiny, fitted shorts. The sexily-clad women had the heads of male and female spectators constantly turning, while muscular men attracted long stares from women.
Meanwhile, there was a smooth flow of bands across the QPS judging point. Big bands, like Trini Revellers' Festivals of the World, Island People's Kutchela, and Spice's The Spice Route, were some of the bands with eye-catching costumes that crossed the stage before 2 pm. Music trucks lined the street blaring JW and Blaze's Palancing hit, much to masqueraders' delight. Even pan bands like Desperadoes attempted the song on steel. Canadian visitor Amanda Lindsey said she was so impressed by the energy of the masqueraders, she was considering returning next year with friends.
"I like it, the sun's hot, but the energy of the people is great, so I'm not too concerned about the heat," she said. "This is my first time in Trinidad. I just came on vacation, but I'll return to play Carnival next year." Lindsey said she arrived in T&T with friends over the weekend and was staying on after Carnival for Thursday's Beyonce show. Retired batting star Brian Lara was spotted walking along the side of the road, but without a mas costume. He said did not wish to speak to the media.