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Mannequins at Tribe’s Woodbrook mas camp provide a platform for designers to work out costuming options. Both of these designs did not go forward for consideration for Tribe 10

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Mannequins at Tribe’s Woodbrook mas camp provide a platform for designers to work out costuming options. Both of these designs did not go forward for consideration for Tribe 10

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In May 2013, planning meetings begin the mapping of the band’s strategy for Carnival 2014. In discussion are, from left to right, Gerard Ramirez, Rhiannon Pemberton and Dean Ackin at the band’s headquarters at Rosalino Street in Woodbrook.

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Hairstylists prepare models for a photography shoot at James O’Connor’s studio at the Hotel Normandie in St Anns.

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Band designer and stylist Valmiki Maharaj takes a snapshot of a model as he tests the fit of a headpiece prototype before a photography shoot at James O’Connor’s studio at the Hotel Normandie in St Anns.

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Valmiki Maharaj (right) and a dresser prepare a model for a photography session at James O’Connor’s Cascade studio

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Douglas John (centre) and Solange Shaw-Gopaul adjust a model’s headpiece during a photoshoot at photographer James O’Connor’s St Anns studio.

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Jaime-Lee Phillips gets a hand adjusting her costume before a photography session at James O’Connor’s Cascade studio

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Photography in progress at The Pines as photographer James O'Connor and assistants capture signature images for the band's promotional materials.

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A model’s headpiece is adjusted before a photography session at The Pines.

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Nigel Celestine (centre, pointing) and Valmiki Maharaj (right) direct models during a rehearsal of the presentation of costumes for Tribe’s band launch.

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Band designer and events producer Gail Cabral prepares tables at the check in point for Bliss customers at Tribe’s band launch at The Paddock, Queen’s Park Savannah.

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Band designers Melissa James (seated, centre) and Lana Nobrega, speaking with her at right, during makeup sessions at the Queen’s Park Savannah for Tribe’s band launch.

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Kristi Borde double checks costumes in the women’s dressing room hours before the start of Tribe’s band launch in July, 2013.

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Members of Lionel Jagessar’s Indian band prepare for a performance before the start of Tribe’s preview media launch.

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A model’s costume is fitted before her appearance at Tribe’s band launch.

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Nigel Celestine briefs models on presentation before they take to the stage at the media preview of costumes held in advance of Tribe’s band launch.

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President Anthony Carmona (right in white shirt) meets guests and the press before the media preview of costumes at Tribe’s band launch. Next to him is Tribe bandleader Dean Ackin.

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The man behind the curtain, Dean Ackin, addresses the audience at the band’s media launch in July, 2013.

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At the preview launch for the media of Tribe’s 2014 band, model Sian McIntosh faces a phalanx of photographers keen to record an early view of the band’s costumes.

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Consoles, edit bays and a sound board in the mobile truck of Advance Dynamics Limited monitor the live feed of action onstage at Tribe’s band launch as it is streamed on the web.

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Models wearing the one-off prototypes of the costumes leave the stage during Tribe’s public launch party for its 2014 band presentations

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Kristi Borde works through each detail of a costume to guide the final pricing. While the costume costs includes all the benefits of an all-inclusive band, it’s also priced down to the individual beads and feathers that go into its design

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Costumes on display at Tribe’s headquarters are explained to potential customers at private viewings after the band’s launch.

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Customers book and make down payments on costumes at Tribe’s Rosalino Street headquarters.

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Partially assembled costume elements are wheeled into Tribe’s Rosalino street office to be inspected and counted.

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A panoramic image of the Jean Pierre Complex being prepared for Tribe’s first major party of the season, the cooler fete Tribe Ice. This is a multi-image photograph stitched together using software.

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Workmen from Century 21 assemble the massive LED screen that will provide a backdrop for performers on the stage of Tribe Ice.

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A stage is prepared by Tribe’s team for the Tribe Ice event.

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Crowds at the first big Carnival party of the year, Tribe Ice, fill the Jean Pierre Complex. This is a multi-image photograph stitched together using software.

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This is half of the crowd for Tribe Ice, the first major party of the season. This is what happens when popular soca meets the target audience for a big band.

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Crowds at the first big Carnival party of the year, Tribe Ice, fill the Jean Pierre Complex. This is a multi-image photograph stitched together using software.

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The production line of packaging not only assembles finished costume pieces but also offers an opportunity to do final quality control checks on the work.

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Douglas John, the band’s headpiece specialist, works in his sanctum at home in Carenage, building the ornate costume parts piece by piece.

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The production team at the mas production camp of Tessa and Douglas John in Carenage prepare components of a costume’s wings.

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In Carlsen Field, workers repair, strengthen and paint the ten remodeled containers that the band uses to dispense drinks to its customers on the road.

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A speaker on a worker’s car plays music for the team working on refurbishing Tribe’s refreshment trailers at Carlsen Field

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Marcell Rudder and Corie Alleng repair costumes at a Barataria producers shop,

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An error in production is fixed backstage at Tribe’s distribution setup at the Cascadia Hotel.

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Valmiki Maharaj (extreme left), briefs Tribe’s distribution team on the second day of costume pick up at the Cascadia Hotel

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Packaging the coveted “goodie bags,” the package of freebies and samples that masqueraders love to compare with those from competing bands.

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Packaged costumes are wheeled into position backstage at Tribe’s distribution setup at the Cascadia Hotel

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The band’s customers are logged in at the Cascadia Hotel distribution point before proceeding to collect their costumes.

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The first customer on day two of costume distribution chats with one of Tribe’s customer service team members as they review the costume.

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Band designer Melissa James (centre, in black) chats with the distribution team as she collects her costume at Tribe’s Cascadia Hotel pick up

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Behind the scenes at the Bliss distribution at the Trinidad Hilton, as boxes of costumes are pulled for masqueraders.

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A panoramic image of the Bliss pickup system at the Trinidad Hilton.This is a multi-image photograph stitched together using software.

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The construction for the final Tribe party for the Carnival season, Tribe Ignite, is underway at the outfield of the Hasely Crawford Stadium on the evening of the party. This is a multi-image photograph stitched together using software.

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A sound engineer connects a bank of speakers at Tribe Ignite.

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Dean Ackin, bandleader of Tribe pores over paperwork at his band’s Woodbrook headquarters

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A final reminder that everyone who wants to get into Tribe doesn’t make it. On the Thursday before Carnival, Tribe’s big party event, Ignite was closed by Fire Officers because of overcrowding, locking out hundreds of partygoers and several of the band’s staff and designers.

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Bartenders fill drums with ice and drinks at dawn on Stanmore Avenue as the band’s trucks assemble for the Carnival Tuesday parade

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Two masqueraders, left, view their cellphones at dawn on Stanmore Avenue as the band’s security teams and refreshment trucks prepare for the long day ahead

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A Tribe bartender applies makeup on Carnival Tuesday morning at dawn

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Masqueraders in Bliss walk along Hayes Street at dawn as the band assembles its masqueraders and support vehicles just east of King George V park

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Monique Nobrega, Tribe designer and husband Dean Ackin view Yuma’s presentation at the Socadrome, a project overseen by Ackin. Bliss would be the next band to cross the stage

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A Bliss masquerader dances on the Socadrome stage on Carnival Tuesday

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Tribe producer Douglas John dances with a Bliss masquerader at the Socadrome on Carnival Tuesday

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Television personality Serala Ramlogan dances in Bliss on Carnival Tuesday at the Socadrome

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ribe crosses the Socadrome stage on Carnival Tuesday

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A masquerader in Tribe dances on Carnival Tuesday at the Socadrome

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A Tribe masquerader is sprayed with sunblock at the Coppertone tent at the band’s rest stop for lunch in Jackson Square on Carnival Tuesday

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Tribe masqueraders refresh themselves at a relaxation tent at the band’s rest stop for lunch in Jackson Square on Carnival Tuesday

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Tribe masqueraders relax at 2:30pm during a lucnh break at the band’s rest stop for lunch in Jackson Square on Carnival Tuesday

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Tribe masqueraders relax at 2:30pm during a lucnh break at the band’s rest stop for lunch in Jackson Square on Carnival Tuesday

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Tribe masqueraders relax at 2:30pm during a lucnh break at the band’s rest stop for lunch in Jackson Square on Carnival Tuesday

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Tribe masqueraders refresh makeup and hairstyles at a beauty tent at the band’s rest stop for lunch in Jackson Square on Carnival Tuesday