The St. Paul’s-based band last Friday launched its 2014 production
“In Flight” showcasing six categories – three children and three adults -during a classic cocktail launch at Port Louis.
The designs come in a ray of colours, targeting the summer sun that is typical of the August 12-13 festival.
The children’s section will focus on the Butterfly, Fairy and Thor, the hammer-wielding God associated with thunder, lightening, storms, oak threes, strength, the protection of mankind and also hallowing and healing.
Culture Minister Brenda Hood who witnessed the launch congratulated the Mas band for its contribution to the cultural landscape over the past 29 years and its commitment to Spice Mas.
Minister Hood noted that her recent appointment as Minister with responsibility for Culture was a clear demonstration of government’s commitment to the country’s cultural legacy.
She urged the Band to showcase its products early to encourage more sales of its costumes.
She also commended Commancheros & Associates for its impressive accomplishments over the years for not just portraying beautiful costumes but always helping to uplift community spirit.
“The communities where you are located are very proud of your achievements, they all come together to showcase the beautiful and artistic costumes that are seen on the streets for carnival. Through carnival, you are able to bring the community together,” she said.
The senior government minister encouraged Grenadians and visitors alike to play mas, like she does, while encouraging masqueraders to protect the environment by keeping it clean during the festive season.
Chairman of Spice Mas Corporation, Alister Bain also complemented the band on its successful products over the years coupled with the fact that there is evidence of continued growth each year by Commancheros.
“Spice Mas would not be what it is without Commancheros …. It is a true reflection of positive community spirit. You are not just doing presentations but involving the community through your steelband and your carnival band”, he remarked.
One of the Band’s main sponsors LIME, was represented by Corporate Communications Manager, Zoe Hagley who said that her company remains committed to SMC and will continue to support Commancheros and Associates.
Jaloni Glean, the Carib Brand Manager of Grenada Breweries Ltd which also contributes to the St. Paul’s outfit assured the band that despite working with a tight budget for 2014, the firm will continue to throw its support behind the Commancheros product.
He reiterated the sentiments of the SMC Chairman that without Commancheros, Grenada would have lost a major player in Spice Mas to share with the world.
Commancheros and Associates is one of the biggest fancy mas bands in Grenada and the only band accompanied with live steelband music.
The band was formed 29 years ago and has won the Band of the Year title on 22 occasions – a record of its own.