Boom Mas LLC ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

Venise Hohenkirk portrays “Curitiba.”
Photo by Nelson A. King

With the Summer Olympic currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Boom Mas LLC is “Escap(ing) to Rio” for carnival.

“This year, we want everyone to come journey with Boom Mas as we venture into Brazil — ‘Escape to Rio,’” Band leader Trinidadian Jevon Douglas told Caribbean Life about this year’s presentation.

Douglas, the son of Martin Douglas, president of the United States Steel Pan Association, said Boom Mas LLC began participating in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in 2014, with 400 masqueraders, to “promote, develop and celebrate Caribbean culture, arts, history and traditions within the young people in the community.

He said “Escape to Rio” comprises nine sections: Amazon Rain Forest, Birds of Paradise, Caipinha, Continga, Indigenous, Curitiba, Praisa de Beleza, Rio de Carnival and The Brazilian Black.

He said each section comprise 40-60 masqueraders for a total of 400-600. Last year, 600 masqueraders gyrated with Boom Mas LLC, Douglas said.

Orel Adams portrays “Curitiba.”
Photo by Nelson A. King

He said this year, as in previous years, masqueraders come from “different nationalities,” and can expect “good food, snacks, drinks and good music.”

“The preparations call for many sleepless nights,” Douglas said. “Our friends and family help.”

Vincentian soca artiste Skinny Fabulous will rock on the float with KSP production, along with DJs Young Maddy and “all of Boom champion DJs from the radio station.”

Boom Mas LLC is located at 926 Clarkson Ave., Brooklyn. Douglas can be reached at (347) 762-1515 or at www.boommas.com.

Reality Dopwell portrays “Amazon Rainforest.”
Photo by Nelson A. King

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