The Royal Palms Beach Club was the venue for a trip into the past, when Swanky International presented the Lost Cities Launch Party. People had a chance to see the beautiful costumes belonging to CayMAS, Cayman’s newest carnival which takes place every year in May. This year, there were seven sets of costumes, each set themed from a different lost city of the ancient world.
Everyone had their phones were at the ready to take photos of the stunning new festival costumes that were going to be modelled on the runway. Radio Cayman’s Kathy Miller and DJ Silver Foxx, one of Cayman’s best Soca DJs, introduced the seven different collections, each named after lost cities of the ancient world. The flavor was very much Trinidadian, with plenty of Soca music flowing from the DJs’ stand. Silver Foxx gave us all a brief history of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival, which started more than two hundred years ago. He explained that it began when the slaves were not allowed to celebrate along with the others. Instead, they created their own celebration, he said, which including drums which were used to send messages.
Finally, it was the moment everyone had been waiting for, as the very first of the beautiful models stepped onto the runway. First there was the Lost City of Atlantis, full of beautiful costumes in deep-ocean blue. Queens and the kings of that ancient world swirled past in a mass of long feathers. Next came El Dorado, the mysterious Colombian City of Gold, which many an explorer lost his life trying to find. The queens and kings were dressed in beautiful gold, and deep-yellow feathers, magnificently jeweled crowns and tiaras.
Machu Picchu, the great city of the Incas high in the Peruvian Andes, has always been a source of fascination. Instead of just one color, the queens and the King modelling these magical costumes had feathers of all colors, like the flames in a magician’s fire. Next, we were taken to the ancient city Troy, where winged goddesses strutted and shimmered with blue feathers and jeweled headdresses. The lost city of Thinis was next, with tall, beautiful angel-women in dazzling white. Next, Valynia showed hot red costumes, like the larva of a volcano. The women and men came and dazzled as cameras flashed.
All the costumes could be bought in advance for the CayMAS Street Parade which will take place on Saturday May 19th .at Seven Mile Beach. Other CayMAS events include: Friday May 18 The Hookie Day Fete; Pan Explosion Finals and Crowning Champion; Fireworks; Soca Monarch Finals by Flow and the Flaunt! Fete. May 19: Chicken Run breakfast fete; Cabana’s Brunch Fete; Swanky AfterMAS Party. May 20: Soakin’ boat cruise and May 21: The Last Lap.
CayMAS is a relatively new carnival in the Cayman Islands, and its stated purpose is to promote and develop the heart of carnival time here by embracing all aspects of Cayman and regional heritage. The festival proved extremely popular last year, with many events spread over several days. It’s about being creative, and involving everybody by bringing them into the rich, vibrant Carnival atmosphere to express themselves while having tons of fun.