The veteran carnival artiste and bandleader impressed mas’ enthusiasts with no fewer than seven sections of amazing “futuristic presentations – equality, equity, hope for the future, freedom, prosperity, golden opportunity and serenity
“Serenity is in purple and white and equality, black and white. I think those sections will sell out quickly,” said Belasco.
He noted that the average price of the costumes is $200 ” and we are hoping to get 350 to 400 people on the road come Carnival Day.”
Belasco explained that “big difference between us and the other bands is that we are not just a bikini band.”
” We cater to a mature crowd and we have all kinds of costumes to suit different tastes. This is not to say, however, that we would not have someone in the band in thongs.”
” But let me point out: We have everything to make people comfortable”
Sherwin Modeste, his 2017 king of the band, will be portraying “Evolution of Man” in keeping with the band’s “futuristic theme.”
And his 2017 queen of the band will be Asha Jodah.
Without giving away much information about the queen’s costume, Belasco said it will also be ” a futuristic design.”
Belasco said all costumes in the band will be designed by himself and Walter Elliot.
“Walter has been designing for me for a few years. He has the ability to interpret my ideas and bring them to life.” he added.
” Our main sponsor is the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and we will have at least 100 union members in the band,” he noted.
Belasco announced that his mas’ camp will be at 1747 St Clair Avenue West.
He said it will open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and “of course, for longer hours” on weekends.