In the middle of the Carnival season comes the news that Jouvert, traditionally heralded to start the celebrations, will now begin earlier than usual.

The main ole mas band will be led by the Panday family, with their banner emblazoned “The Walking Dead”.

The main objective of this band, complete with blue-painted devils beating pitch-oil pans and accompanied by tassa drums, will be to unite the mas fraternity through constitutional reform.

The Pandays have extended an invitation to leaders of the small band category whose membership does not exceed five persons, with a maximum of three being close family members. The remaining members should comprise the driver and conductors from the maxi-taxis.

Expected to attend, after ma­king representations to vary the requirements of party membership to only the leader, will be the Sunday Press Conference (SPC) led by Abdulah, who may hitch a ride with one Alvarez as they seek to cut transport costs. Sweet “Caroline” may even attend once she is assured she will be given a flagwoman position.

Once the mas starts, the group will belt out the time-worn, old tunes but avoid criticising the main sponsors who have assured prize monies for mashing up any opposition.

They will sing a refrain calling for the return of the main stickman Keithos, as they have never said a bad word against him, even while he was throwing bois on the population.

The ageing band leader will be hopeful that his sibling will be able to get a queen of the band title so she will not have to pose anymore at a bar in Rousillac, and he will get a puppy to occupy his spare time.

The leader of the SPC will hope that his prize money will be able to afford Sunday lunch at his home and his cohorts will get a refinery.

Members who attend this grand occasion will be asked to contribute to pay the outstanding bill of the last event, which remains unpaid.

Let the mas begin.

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