Friday 30 October, 2020

Missing Carnival: R3d Carnival Band reflects on what would have been

July is here and we know that many of you are feeling the Carnival ‘gros pwel’ more than ever.

By now, you would have savoured a few pre-carnival fetes or be gearing up for a week of non-stop partying. Sad to say, this year you won't be making new Carnival memories.

While revelers express their yearning for a jump-up, Carnival bands such as R3d Carnival Band, who launched their 2020 costumes earlier this year, reflect on what would have been for Carnival 2020.

R3d, the popular trendsetter of Carnival in Saint Lucia, was excited about providing their revelers with an unforgettable experience for 2020. 

They were the first party band, the first band to jump from Mega J to Mega J (now Massy Mega) and the first band to house 1500 revelers.

Their February second costume unveiling of ‘Wild-The Savage Realm’ created quite a buzz among Carnival lovers and many were anticipating that same burst of energy on the road.

Although the band took a breather in 2017 to re-adjust and refocus their goals, their resurgence has been better than ever since their return. Despite downsizing, the band has maintained that its revelers remain a priority and strive to deliver a memorable road experience for everyone.

Manager of Events and Marketing for R3d, Kevyn Arnold, says that whilst Carnival planning is stressful, he misses the feeling of accomplishment in providing exceptional service to revelers. As for the road, he explains that their experience on the road is unmatched and that is what he misses most of all.

R3d Carnival Band Manager of Events and Marketing, Kevyn Arnold

No Carnival in 2020 you say? While there will be no official Carnival this year, R3d Carnival Band is guaranteeing a bacchanal. The band intends to host a few ‘R3D Eye’ fetes later this year.

So, turn these frowns upside down and keep your eyes peeled to their pages for updates. Moving forward into 2021, the band is looking to build on the momentum they started in 2020.

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