MY FIRST CARNIVAL
IT Project Manager
WHEN AND WHERE WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU TOOK PART IN CARNIVAL?
“The first time I took part in a carnival was “Karneval der Kulturen“ (Carnival of Cultures) in Berlin in 2007. Actually, I went alone since I did not have any friends who listened to Soca, too.”
WHICH BAND DID YOU PLAY WITH?
“There was no real Soca band that year which I could officially join, only the Yard / Escobar truck which played Dancehall and Soca and the Yaam truck which mainly played Dancehall.”
DESCRIBE WHAT YOU WORE IF YOU CAN REMEMBER.
“I wore regular clothes as there was no costume band but in 2008 we made our own costumes. There was a workshop in Berlin for those who wanted to make their own costume, because I lived in Cologne.”
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE SONG?
“My favorite tune must have been 'Nah going home' by Biggie Irie and we also lived by this motto that Carnival."
WHAT’S THE FIRST THING THAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF THIS DAY?
“I remember dancing behind the truck for the first time and thinking: ‘Wow, this must be the best experience of my life!'”
HAVE YOU BEEN BACK TO THIS CARNIVAL?
“I have been to Berlin Carnival every year since then, even two years ago when I was 7 months pregnant.”
IS THIS YOUR FAVOURITE CARNIVAL? IF NOT, WHICH IS AND TELL US WHY.
“I can’t help but say that Trinidad Carnival is my favourite. The vibes, the weather, the Trini Soca… it’s just perfect! I have become friends with the owners of the guest house we always stay at in Woodbrook so going back is always special. Even though a lot has changed since my first time in 2008. Everything is so much more expensive now and sometimes I feel as if there are more tourists than locals, but still, nothing tops Trinidad”
ANY CARNIVALS ON YOUR AGENDA FOR 2020?
“Trinidad and Berlin for sure. Possibly Bielefeld as well. I would also love to make it to Rotterdam this year, but that might be a bit too much."
DO YOU HAVE ONE PARTICULAR CARNIVAL YOU’RE STILL DREAMING TO ATTEND ONE DAY?
“I would love to attend Crop Over, St. Vincent and St. Lucia Carnivals one day. But to be honest, if I have to choose one Carnival overseas a year, I would always choose Trinidad!!!”
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