Sometimes we have a hard time putting ourselves in the fancifully-decorated boots of others. That’ll make sense later.
We side-eye the traditions of other cultures and forget that essentially, we are all the same. We don our respective apparel, and forget that somewhere else, someone is preparing for a yearly shindig of their own. Mine is carnival. Caribbean carnival, and particularly the one that takes place here in sunny South Florida. My friends and I partake, and only now am I starting to see that niche events like these can be vastly different, yet surprisingly similar to the ones we know.
Whether its a comic-con, a music festival, or yearly cultural parade, the world’s cultures offer us a deep and wide variety of events that strike up the same euphoria, and take you away from your everyday mundane.
Tell me if the following sounds familiar:
You wait for this event all year.
Your circle of friends scrimp and save; eagerly squirrelling away your vacation days.
You pledge, fail, and pledge again to build a body worthy of display.
After much debate and deliberation you choose the perfect costume and accessories.
Your plane lands, and after hours of revelry punctuated by minutes of sleep in your respective hotel rooms, the big day finally arrives.
Thousands converge on Miami to hit the stage in celebration of a rich and long-standing culture
I’m talking about the one C-word that brings masqueraders from around the world. Comic-con! July 1 marked the beginning of a four-day convention taking place on South Beach.
See, that could have been spun either way! I think I want to give cosplay a try as well. It’s not just for Caribbeans, or for nerds. They can be experienced by anyone who wants to be taken away for a weekend. Whether its vibes or merch you want. If soca or anime gives you powers, give the other a try!
Allow me to provide you a bridge the divide for you. Caribs, here is a wonderful Trinidadian cosplayer that has been taking the scene by STORM!
She makes her own costumes, and is shattering stereotypes left and right. Check her out!
And cosplayers, you can celebrate our rich combined heritages with us, while showing off your Marvel side with Jamborii Mas Band that is featuring a superhero theme this year!
Check out globalcarnivalist.com for tips, guides, and calendars to playing mas the world over from an experienced feteran!
Whatever you do, try to see the oneness you share with everyone else because before you know it, the tabanca sets in and it’s time to start all over again!