TRIBE 2011 - The Way of The Warrior - KNIGHTS TEMPLAR

Today was "THE DAY."

I don't think there is a day in a 365 or 366 day year that could make my heart stop, arm pits sweat, make me feel light-headed and nauseous all at the very same time. That day I write about is TRIBE's first day for Online Registration, for the last seven years.

Hmm, I should even reconsider calling it a day event, it's an effin 5 minute marathon!  You either come out a winner (with your costume of choice), a loser (nothing at all) or lost in the mix (just settling for any costume, 'cause no way are you gonna be in any other band but TRIBE come Carnival Monday and Tuesday)!  

Seriously, I'm starting to believe this is all part of the TRIBE Experience. The TRIBE Experience begins from the moment the band launches, and one gets to feast their eyes on the costumes. This year, I LOVED all twelve sections, except for the very last two to sell out today which were Sashura and Artic Warriors.  I absolutely hated Sashura. I hated the fur /boa like leg and arm pieces.  Please don't be offended if this is your section. I am so happy you're in the band.  And I liked Artic Warrior but swore that after the registration mess last year, that had me settling for Eri, there was no way I wanted another white, silver-ish costume.

So I loved at least 10 sections and prepared to settle for any this year. For weeks, I could not decide.  I got distracted with other going ons in my life from CARIBANA to a trip to Vermont, and for me that meant unreliable internet service. So I put TRIBE out of my mind for some time!

Every year,  my goal is to stay calm, or at least try to, waiting patiently for online registration!  While friends (non-TLC holders) thanks to TRIBE Committee members' hookups, get early registration.  These early bird registration friends now were wishing me luck.  SMH.

When I focused again on TRIBE 2011, I started to consult with female friends and one male friend who is not my husband. My husband could care less on my choice of costume, as long as he is in the band! This year, frontline was much discussed, even among my more conservative friends.  One friend's top three choices were all frontline. My Trini-Indian friend, slightly conservative and the one who first wet my now ferocious appetite for Trinidad Carnival (and just about every other carnival, once it says CARNIVAL) was gung ho about frontline in 2011. Thank God.  We're having an awakening. LOL!

Let me take you back from the time of the launch ...

When TRIBE/BLISS launched its 2011 theme with warriors, I quickly felt the need to decide if I wanted to be a warrior in TRIBE's "The Way of The Warrior" as always or if I wanted to join its new, smaller and more intimate band BLISS with its theme, "The Warrior Within."  Honestly, the battle ensued from there but after much thought and consideration, I felt the need to be loyal, so TRIBE! I have been a TRIBER, for most my years and it's all I know or want to know. (Fist clenched. LOL!  I am silly I know.)    

So when I started to think about "The Way of The Warrior," I felt the need to find the WARRIOR which most fitted my ideals .... or close enough to it!  It became almost spiritual and symbolic.  LOL!  Remember, there were 12 sections of which I loved 10, I liked 1 and hated only 1.  Hmm.

Persian Gold while gorgeous, it never truly spoke to my inner warrior.  Nothing about it says WARRIOR. 'Though my friends who were registered long before today, it's their section. So at least, I knew I had friends definitely in that section. I had moments of uncertainty, especially since they attended the launch in Trinidad.  No TLC codes but certainly loyal, in the sense that they travelled to Trinidad just for the launch.  LOL!  I figured ... I missed something with the Persian, it just did not have me, like WOAH!

I loved Massai Warriors too.  I gave it serious consideration, especially since I have never done a beaded costume. Usually I love a costume that gives me something, especially jewelry that can be rocked long after carnival. I loved the African jewelry accompanied with Massai. And I had my mind set on wearing the top as a mix and matched bikini, again after carnival. Massai lost it's appeal cause I felt it would be an almost all (majority) black people section.  Hence the reason, I like TRIBE ... I like ethnic variety in my carnival. So I really did not want to join a section that I felt would basically appeal to black people. My Indian friend not for a minute considered Massai and my Trini-Swedish friend said he loved the male section of it, and responded "I would do Massai if I was black. : )." Proving my point. Also it lost it's appeal since it lacked bling, but it is absolutely gorgeous! Also something about it feels so maternal!  Like a baby should be bundled, in the long fabric to the back!  Again, killing my idea of WARRIOR.  Maybe I'm giving you the sense that I'm about to come to blows!  LOL!

I loved Xi'an because it's color reminded me of a CNz costume I wore, 2 years ago. After that CNz brown costume, I don't mind being colorless on the road.  It was sexy almost appearing nude, as the costume faded into my tanned skin tone. Check out article: "Just 4 Fun - Obsession."  Saucy too had fabulous pictures or video, don't recall of it.  And the Xi'an WARRIOR ... made me feel like I could slice through shit!

Another favorite was Mayan Eagle .. how regal.  I felt like if I chose that costume, come Carnival Monday, PARTICULARLY TUESDAY .. I'D LEVITATE, not wanting to be touched by mere mortals.  LOL! That's the sense that costume gave me.  STUCK UP (Stoosh) WARRIOR but a warrior none the less. Plus my husband's people are Mayan.  So it gripped me in some strange way.

Until that male friend that I mentioned earlier, spoilt my Mayan Eagle fantasy by saying "It's simply a jeweled neck piece with fringe!"  SMH ... I studied it some more, but I still loved it.  It's the epitome of sexy to me despite the boy short costume.  I love the criss cross back too!

Now from the minute I saw the costumes, I loved KNIGHTS TEMPLAR.  Truly, I'm addicted to Dan Brown's books from "The Da Vinci Code" and "The Lost Symbol" Read "My Flight to Thailand"... so call me silly, the name alone, got my attention.  Let me say it, "KNIGHTS TEMPLAR."  ... Shudder, I got your respect?  LOL!

I loved the strapless bra!  I loved the pink!  
I even loved the model's fierceness in the picture!  
I was ready to be a
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR!  

Of course, that same male friend and costume consultant laughed me off with a "How are going to move with all that metal?"  He killed it for me.  LOL!  First thought, "I don't want to be a Tin (Wo)man on the road! I really hate The Wizard of Oz, not the experience I want to go for!"

So let's get back today ....


My friend and I agreed on the following costumes, even altering our third choice, half an hour before the 12 PM registration:
1. Persian Gold FL (no collar)
2. Iroquois FL (wire bra)
3. Mayan Eagle BL (big headpiece)  only to switch to Persian Gold BL with collar or large headpiece (which ever we preferred)

Needless to say ... I had issues registering again this year. Again error messages but confident that it was not a credit card issue, neither was there a cash option like last year, that I should have selected but had not.  So what was it? Three attempts at registering, and each attempt returned the faulty registration message ... and with every attempt when I returned to the main page, appearing more frequently on my screen was "SOLD OUT" ... BIG and BOLD SO!

I was freaking but calm strangely. 'Cause in the midst of that, my phone rings, despite giving my friend full warning about my experience last year, she too was struggling. ... And you know why I know I was calm, cause as I struggled myself, I was walking her through hers, knowing that I needed to then register my husband!  ... And I tell you, I was calm!  

One quick look at my computer screen again ... ALL OUR CHOICES WERE GONE, and there it was ... KNIGHTS TEMPLAR!  There was no time to discuss, KNIGHTS IT WAS!  

KNIGHTS TEMPLAR plays to my flirty side with that hot, popping and gorgeous pink and the gold metal plays to my tough exterior. Yeah, yeah,  I use my tough exterior to disguise and protect my soft  inside.  Laughing but there's some symbolism here!  I will be fierce but sexy! LOL!

I walked away today a TRIBE WARRIOR, knowing "The Way of the Warrior" but mostly finding BLISS with my "Warrior Within"  ... I AM A KNIGHTS TEMPLAR!  Still not shuddering? LOL!


... And with all that said, I'm truly beginning to believe the TRIBE Experience is not just Carnival Monday and Tuesday.  It begins from the Official Launch, then Registration, Costume Pickup and then Carnival Monday and Tuesday.  Let me restate that ... 'cause the next TRIBE Experience before the road will be the impending SECTION LINEUP & MUSIC TRUCKS!

All this is the TRIBE Carnival Experience!  


8 comments

  1. Loved your commentary. We all have our justification for picking the costume that we end up playing in...yours just seemed like you were destined to play there!

    See ya on the road :-)

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  2. "Massai lost it's appeal cause I felt it would be an almost all black (people) section"

    Please explain that rationale further!

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  3. TriniGyal , exactly what I said ...

    I did not want to play in a section that basically would appeal to majority black people. I gave 2 examples of friends of mine who could not identify with it, and that's because of the African association! If 2 people of different races felt that way about the costume then I am confident in saying they can't be the only 2.

    I am not trying to offend anyone, I am black!

    'Though when I jump Carnival in Trinidad, I like ethnic variety which TRIBE on a whole provides. Unlike my experience in HARTS, which was a predominantly white band.

    So Massai lost it's appeal when my non-black friends did not consider it or felt uncomfortable with it, 'cause of it's african theme!

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  4. Furthermore when I asked my male Trini-Swedish friend exactly why he did not select Massai despite liking it, his response was, "Not that I do not want to be in the section but I know that I can't pull it off!"

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  5. IT'S SO GOOD TO SEE THE VAST DIFFERENCE IN YOUR REGISTRATION EXPERIENCE THIS YR & LAST YR LOL I REMEMBER LAST YRS HORROR STORY (& THAT'S ALL I'M GONNA SAY ABOUT IT ;) LOL).
    I HOPE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR SUPERSEDES YOUR EXPECTATIONS, YOU ALREADY KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT THAT SECTION (& THAT'S ALL I'M GONNA SAY ABOUT THAT ;) LOL).
    ONCE I READ YOUR ARTICLE ALL THE WAY THROUGH I KINDA FIGURED THAT "BLACK" LINE WOULD RAISE SOME EYE BROWS & I CAN SEE WHY WHAT YOU WERE TRYING TO SAY CAN BE MISCONSTRUED CAUSE RACE IS SUCH A TOUCHY TOPIC. BUT I FOR 1 TOTALLY GET WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO SAY. I KNOW MASAI IS A PERSONAL FAVORITE OF YOURS & @ 1 POINT A VERY STRONG FRONT RUNNER AS FAR AS OPTIONS GO. EVERY COSTUME ISN'T FOR EVERY1 HOWEVER, WHETHER IT BE BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF THE COSTUME OR THE PERSONS COLOR, THE THEME, HOW SKIMPY IT IS ETC. SOME PERSONS FOR SURE DON'T LET THAT SWAY THEM & WE END UP WITH SOME "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING" MOMENTS ON THE ROAD QUITE OFTEN LOL BUT OTHERS HAVE MANY ASPECTS TO WEIGH WHEN CHOOSING THEIR COSTUME & IF CHOOSING NOT TO PLAY IN A SECTION THAT THEY FEEL WILL APPEAL LARGELY TO 1 RACE OR ANOTHER IS A CONSIDERATION THEN SO BE IT. KARMA HAS A SAILOR SECTION THAT I'VE HEARD A NUMBER OF PERSONS SAY IS A WHITE SECTION, HMMM OH WELL LOL. C'EST LA VIE

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  6. Thank you Professor. 'Cause we certainly discussed my love for every costume, particularly Massai.

    ... And I'm left to ask, forget race even (despite my friends being of different races) ... who wants to play in a section without their friends really?

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  7. I decided not to go with TRIBE this year as they have gotten a lil pricey instead I am playing with YUMA and I LOVEEEEEEEE my costume.

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  8. JV PRICE IS DEFINITELY ALWAYS A CONSIDERATION BUT I THINK WHAT MAKES TRIBE THE BAND IN HIGHEST DEMAND IS THE ASSURED QUALITY OF PRODUCT DELIVERED. TRIBES MASQUERADERS HOLD THEM TO SUCH HIGH STANDARDS THAT THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO SLIP UP IN THE QUALITY OF PRODUCT THEY DELIVER. WORKMANSHIP THAT PERSONS IN OTHER BANDS WOULD TOLERATE WOULD BE DEEMED SUBSTANDARD WITH TRIBE ALMOST. I'M GLAD YOU LOVE THE LOOK OF YOUR COSTUME RIGHT NOW BUT WITH 1 TOO MANY BANDS WHAT YOU SEE MAY NOT ALWAYS BE WHAT YOU GET, FOR YOUR SAKE HOWEVER I HOPE THAT YOU LOVE YOUR COSTUME JUST AS MUCH OR EVEN MORE ONCE YOU GET IT. THERE'S 1 KEY ELEMENT IN YUMA THAT HAS MIGRATED DIRECTLY FROM ANOTHER BAND THAT I'D BE WEARY ABOUT THOUGH.

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