Sunday, May 4, 2014

Carnival Nationz Band Launch 2014- Havana

On Saturday May 3rd, Carnival Nationz held their band launch presentation for their 2014 theme Havana. This year’s launch presentation was particularly special for Carnival Nationz as it marks their 10 year anniversary. Leading up to showtime, music was provided by New York based djs Close Connections and Riggo Suave. During the costume presentation Toronto’s  dj Kold Fusion was on deck playing the tunes as the models hit the stage. 

Described as a story of love, war, revolution, sex, rum, scandal, music, dance and sublime beauty, Carnival Nationz presentation of Havana displayed sections representing elements of Cuba. The launch officially started quite late, with nine sections hitting the runway at 2am. 

The sections included:


Playa Boca Ciega


Playa Boca Ciega
Tropicana Caberet

Quizas Quizas

Perroquet De La Havane

La Guarachera De Cuba

The sections ranged from costumes that displayed bright color combinations, as well as soft pastel feathers and lace. Nationz also displayed several sections that incorporated the spider panty, a popular style of bottom used in Trinidad Carnival this year. Additionally, a few sections had elements that reminded me of costumes from previous years, such as the black sleek material in Flamingo and blue and green fringe in Perroquet. Nationz’s frontline costumes made a bold statement while on stage, with elaborate feathered backpacks, leg pieces and large headpieces. Overall, the 2014 presentation of Havana, added some Cuban sizzle with various options for Toronto masqueraders to choose from.
For more pictures from the presentation, check out our Facebook album.

Do You Want to Play with Carnival Nationz this year? Carnival Nationz Loyalty registration begins on Thursday May 8th and their general registration starts on Saturday May 10th. For more information on Carnival Nationz check out their website at

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