Thursday, June 7, 2012

Chocolate City Band Launch Review

Band: Chocolate City (A.K.A Chocolate City 500)
Launch Date: June 2, 2012
Location: Club Night Flight
Presentation: Bachannal Revellers

Here’s a few pictures from Chocolate City Band Launch:

Pictures courtesy of

Overall the costumes were okay but the venue was entirely too small. Word of advice: Please apply foundation over pasties to match the models skin. The pasties became an eye sore because it distracted viewers from seeing the detail in the bra. Also sometimes less is more, some of the makeup on the models were too much. If your head piece is large and detailed, simple makeup is required. Chocolate City have come a long way from being a t-shirt band. They still have a ways to go, but they are making steps in the right direction. Only one section needs a full revamp.

Friday, June 1, 2012

And so it begins

This weekend marks the beginning of band launch season for NY Labor Day Parade. The first band to launch will be Chocolate City on Saturday and Sesame flyers and Karma Mas Band on Sunday. NY bands and section leaders need to promote their launches a lot more. The only three band that everyone keeps hearing about is Ramajay, Sesame Flyers, and Freaks NY. Please start flooding everyone’s page with launch info and details about your band. Show people that there’s a lot of options out there that caters to all different types of people, different size and shaped people, and people from different nationalities.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

NY Labor Day Band launch season is about to begin.

NY Labor Day bands are about to launch and I am truly excited. This year one of Brooklyn’s top dj’s Natural Freaks Ultd will be bringing out their own band (Freaks NY). I have been a section leader with them in Miami for the past 4 years, so I am excited to see what they do for Labor Day. Claude from Karma Carnival Band have been doing a lot of private work both local and abroad , I love his designs for St. Lucia carnival and is hoping that he wows us in NY. Both Ramajay Mas and Sesame Flyers are rumored to have a few well known designers designing their In-house sections. I cannot wait to see various wings that will be revealed at Ramajay’s band Launch and also to see Rastarz Mas Debut their first Labor Day section. They had one of the Top sections for Miami Carnival in Big and Strong One Island Carnival band; let’s see if they can do it again in Ramajay. I also cannot wait to see what Akin Ross comes with. We know that he is always over the top (in a good way). Also with great anticipation come Ontarage Ladies/ Koncep section with Natural Freaks as they always use bold colors that stand out among the rest. Finally, let’s see if DesigningDaryl can out do the NY designers this year as the competition is on. This year with definitely be a year to remember as all of the bands are bringing their A game.

Here are a few launch dates and Flyers.

Chocolate City Mas Band June 2nd

Sesame Flyers June 3rd

Karma Carnival Band June 3rd

Borokeete USA June 8th

1199 SCCC June 9th

Ramajay Mas June 10th

Dingolay Mas NYC June 15th

Freaks NY June 17th

L & B’s Soca City June 23rd