Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mas by the ‘Numbers’


Protectors of the Ark Covenant.

Mark Fraser

Beads and bikinis are not what the band The Word and Associates, also known as The Catholic Band is all about.

Known for their modest offerings in terms of skin, this year their presentation, Numbers portrays the fourth book of the Bible.

Designed by Chris Santos and Gregory Medina, there are seven sections to choose from. These include White Cloud, Pillar of Fire, Offering of Gold and Jewels, Protectors of the Ark, Census Takers, Brazen Serpent and The Glory of God.

Prices range from $1,825 – $2,225. Costumes are on display at the band house, 19 Taylor Street, Woodbrook, Wednesday to Friday from 3 p.m.– 7 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Band manager, Pat Bevan said, “This year is our fourth presentation. Our first year we did Creation, the second year we did Exodus which is the second book of the Bible; we then did Leviticus, the third book of the Bible and this year is Numbers.

She said, “The band was the brainchild of Archbishop Harris and it came into being really because we wanted to offer people another option besides the nakedness that is Carnival. We wanted to bring back the splendour and creativity of our Carnival costumes that have been revered worldwide. We also wanted to bring a fun and family type atmosphere without the excesses.”

Echoing similar sentiments, Medina said, he will always appreciate children’s mas over the beads and bikini that is becoming the norm for many mas bands today.

This year will be Word and Associates, fourth presentation. They have been in the winners’ circle several times, placing second in the Savannah in the Medium Bands category in 2012. They copped first place, On the Greens, second in the Savannah and third in Downtown Carnival 2013, in the Small Band category.

They also won first prize in the annual parade of costumes from 48 nations in Hollywood California in 2013.

This year’s presentation, Numbers is simple and effective but also in keeping with the period of that time, Medina said.

“I wanted to stay as close to that time period but to also provide revellers the colour, glitz and glamour of Carnival,” he added.

“We plan to continue with this trend since there are many books in the bible to cover. Currently all sections are available. Opening hours will be longer from February,” Bevan said.

For more information call 741 -9673 (word) or visit their website

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