I don’t know how to really start to present this and I’m so eager to share this experience, that I would be short on words, and just show away!
But before this, I really want to say few things:
The September Carnival from Belize City is the most expected public event of entire year. I never participate and I never saw it so, when Flavors of Belize (the book I photographed the making of…) told me that they will participate and what size shirt I need, I knew it was not a question if I’ll go or not: that was a must. An event I eagerly awaited and had no idea what to expect.
For those of you who are new followers, few words about what Flavors of Belize is. When you hear FLAVORS OF BELIZE, you think at 2 things: Flavors of Belize – The Cookbook and Flavors of Belize Magazine.
The Magazine, is actually the best guide of restaurants, bar, hotels from entire country. If you’re new in Belize (and even if you’re not) this magazine is a must as is updated yearly.
The Cookbook… best description: “An ancient history | Diverse Cultures | Exotic Food: Flavors of Belize”. You want to feel the taste of Belize, you NEED this cookbook. Is the Bible of all belizean cookbooks.. is not just a cookbook… is Everything. There is a saying, if you want to feel a country, you have to do it through the food… and I can’t agree more. I am proudly part of Flavors of Belize team and I photographed the making of… Dang, that was an awesome experience! Click HERE to download the app ;)
Back to the CARNIVAL!
Flavors of Belize just came up with a new app and this was the decor theme of our truck! And that was WOW!!! When I arrived in Belize City and I saw the truck, my first words were “WHOA, this is AH-ma-zing!” Honestly, the most beautiful carnival float I ever saw. Knowing McNab, the owners or McNab Design… duh, I what should I expect?!
My story is a behind the scene from our group and through my photos I hope you to see what to be IN THE HEART OF THE CARNIVAL means. I hope that I can convince you to participate next year. Is just WAY different, or at least, with McNab Design was way different than everything I was hoping for.
I arrive at the house, where the girls were getting ready… and the scene there was a total tornado… not hectic, but a lot of organized things were happening at once. Two professional makeup artists Kristen and Melissa Quan (they did ART!) and costumes all folded with names, a room full of makeup so whoever wanted to do their own makeup just pick whatever and DIY their faces. Suuuuper fun! Everybody was helping everybody to get jazzed up. I know I was just picking tons of glitter!
The mood and excitement was on… everyone, everywhere… and then, I saw a scene that stopped the time. Tanya’s grandparents, together, were staying on a side, outside the tornado, and were observing everything… they saw an entire crew getting on the truck loaded with buckets of beads, candies, flyers, flags, bandanas, beer, ice… A LOT of things. The truck was carefully crafted to include tents for shade, showcase the app, highlight their clients, we had security and support staff for all the equipment on board to make sure everything went perfect. Everyone was running, doing their things… and they just looked at everything with a soft smile on their faces… I don’t know, but that scene really hit me. When you feel your life is getting crazy, look at someone who is at least 2 generations older and if you pay attention, they are able to stop the time for you, and see what you’re doing from a much higher point of view. So, I took them from their comfortable place and put them above the “tornado”… give them the feathers and YAY!!! :))) And this is how I started.
I was not hired as photographer, I was not invited as a guest, I was part of the team, I was in the heart of the Carnival… I photographed what and when I wanted, and I had to sing, dance and drink as everyone else… What an AMAZING experience! The music was just amazing!
So, not to brag, and not to talk about about anyone else, but our float was the most fun! We were dancing and screaming and jumping and laughing, throwing beads and candies to the crowds, NON STOP.. and this was happening for HOURS!!!!!!! Over 15,000 giveaways combined was on this truck! The crew was also what made this truck the best ever, everybody came with great spirit and great energy! We all danced the day away and had the time of our lives!!!!!!!!!!
Enjoy first of our photos from many more to come!