Carnival is less than two months away; that’s just a mere six weeks from now! It seems like just yesterday we were scoping out costumes for the upcoming season and now we’ve barely finished that last Christmas pastelle and we’re already deep into the carnival season. If you’re feeling a bit flustered and not sure where to begin, take a look at what should be on your Carnival checklist.
By now, you should have made at least a down payment on the costume of your choice. For the ladies who want to turn the glam up a notch, this applies to you as well. Most mas bands (and Monday wear designers) have closed off registration at this point. If you’ve already registered, now is the time to start saving every dollar you’ve got to pay off the balance of that costume.
If you haven’t registered or you’ve decided last minute that you want to play, all is not lost. Every year, without fail, would-be masqueraders sell their costumes. This trend has grown so much over the years that there are now several websites for you to buy a costume. With sites such as Carnival Junction, My Carnival Bands and the ever popular Fine Ah Ban, you can make your deposit to the seller and, with an authorization letter, pay the balance of your costume to the mas camp.
Fun fact: My Carnival Bands and Fine Ah Ban have expanded their services to include fete tickets. If you’re still searching for tickets to those parties that are supposedly sold out, these sites have got you covered.
Hotel reservations should be made at least six months ahead of carnival, especially since hotel rates are at a premium during the carnival season. What’s more, as there’s a high number of masqueraders flying in from all over the world, some hotels tend to fill up quickly. Whether you’re flying in from the New York, Canada or London, or even if you’re coming up from Sando and want to stay somewhere close to all the action, you need to book now! The Hyatt and Radisson are completely booked up but there’s still space at the Hilton and Courtyard Marriott. Make those reservations pronto.
One of the most important aspects of your costume! If you haven’t taken advantage of those Black Friday, Christmas or Boxing Day online sales, there’s still several options available. My Carnival Boots and Carnival Kicks
Like your costume, makeup appointments should be booked months in advance. Many makeup artists are booked solid by now but you can still try your luck.
When all else fails, YouTube is your friend!