D’New Regulars mas band ready to launch this Sunday this Sunday


By Stephen Weir

D’New Regulars mas

When it comes to Carnival, Canada’s longest serving Mas Man, Michael Williams is never off duty, except next Sunday. He started the D’Regulars in 1973 and now 49-years later with a slightly different name, he will be presenting a costume launch for this year’s Mas Band.

Canada’s Armed Forces generals are probably not going to like what William’s troop of models are going to be wearing on stage at the Spade Bar & Lounge. But given that the D’New Regulars theme is “Off Duty”, enlisted or not, Soca party people will want to jump up and jump in.

“We have five sections of which four of them tie right into military uniforms,” explained Williams. Two sections have naval themed mas costumes (think male and female white navy uniform tops and of course skimpy bottoms) and two sections based on camo army fatigues.

“I designed all of the costumes and for the fifth section I looked back into the old days in Trinidad when US Navy sailors would come into port (to party),” said Williams. “I have come up with an African-influenced dashiki, a costume that might fit into what was worn after dark by the ladies of Port of Spain when the fleet came in.”

The costume launch is doing something that none of the other Mas Bands have done so far this Spring – free food! The doors open at 3pm and Trinidadian Chinese food will be served free to ticket holders. Music will be provided by the DJ Dreezey and the De Controllers. The costumed fashion show begins at 7pm.

The Spade Bar and Lounge is on McNicol Avenue in Scarborough. The popular night club is also going to be the headquarters for D’ New Regulars. The Band will be using the club seven-days-a-week to showcase the costumes and make them too!