Copies are made and posted on your office wall so you know at a glance which pump you and the crew are heading to. Whatsapp groups start buzzing about who's organising the maxi. Old "friendships" are rekindled with that one committee friend who has all the links.
We have a long season to look forward to which means that we can space out the pace ahead. It also means that while you've probably already booked tickets for your faves, you may have some extra time to check out some of the new Carnival fetes on the block.
From "Bacchanal Brunch" to "A Really Cheap Carnival Cruise", here are 33 new fetes making their debut on the Carnival 2019 fete calendar.