Xodus promises to be a force to be reckoned with on Carnival Sunday
Since its well attended launch on December 14th, excitement and high anticipation have been sparked. The Dream Team has joined forces with Yuma, one of the biggest bands from Trinidad, to bring the best road march experience to Jamaica.
The organizers have announced that there will be a slew of events under the banner of Xodus Carnival. These events include the Xodus Tailgate Party and the Xodus Road J’ouvert.
According to Kamal Bankay, Director of Xodus Carnival, the route for the march will be different from the known routes.
“Traditionally, the Carnival Sunday route has remained the same for years, but Xodus is going to shake things up with a more 'Reveller Friendly' route," Bankay said.
“We will start at the Loshusan Field in Barbican, head along Barbican Road to Sovereign, down Hope Road and on to Lady Musgrave Road. We’ll be stopping in New Kingston for lunch, then head to Waterloo Road and West Kings House Road, loop back to Waterloo Road via Constant Spring Road and South Avenue and end at Heineken Rio across from Devon House," he added.
According to Bankay, the plan is for all carnival parades to converge and march together for a large part of the day, "but we all start and end at different places,” he said.
“We will have a big lunch and other heavy snacks on the road before we finish the march, as you know Dream Entertainment is not only known for our superb parties but we serve our patrons the very best food and drinks out there - Xodus will be no different, we are looking to establish ourselves in Carnival, because we are here to stay,” added Bankay.
Xodus costumes, according to organisers, have sent many dedicated as well as new carnival patrons in a frenzy - the options are numerous and the decision on one costume over another has been a difficult one.
“What sets Xodus apart from all other carnival bands is our vibrant colors. When the costumes were being designed, we were determined to have the most colourful costumes that our patrons have ever seen. We didn’t want to only use one or two colours, we wanted to have a parade of colours. On Carnival Day we want to see a sea of colours marching down the road. Those who haven’t had a chance to view our costumes, can visit our showroom at Suite 30, Winchester Business Centre,” explained Bankay.
Corporate sponsors have also jumped on board the Xodus movement including Rum Fire, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Heineken and Pepsi.
“Let us make this dream a major reality, come be a part of our ‘Xodus’ chipping down the road,” Bankay said.