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 Earlier this month the Carnival Season in North America began with the Tampa Carnival, which took place during the Mother's Day Weekend (May 9th-10th) at the Cuban Club Outdoor Arena in Ybor City, Tampa.  However, this weekend the Carnival season in North America officially kicks off because the Atlanta Georgia Caribbean Carnival takes place over this entire Memorial Day Weekend.  Normally the Orlando, Florida Caribbean Carnival takes place this weekend as well, but I have not  received any official word from the Organizers about it taking place, nor could I find anything on the internet.  

I'm sure by now you are completely knowledgeable about Caribbean Carnivals.  It is an event which is very similar to the "Mardi Gras" that takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana.  It is definitely not  as many folks think - an amusement park with rides and games.  

Actually, the Caribbean Carnival  "Carnival" within the Caribbean is described as a festival - "a festival full of colors" transformed into costumes or "Mas" (short for masquerade); full of music - calypso, soca, steel band music, iron sections; full of dance; an array of ethnic foods as well as Caribbean art.  Some people describe Carnival as a form of freedom - of just letting oneself go on the day/s of the event, and enjoying the music, the parties...just having enormous amounts of  FUN!!! FUN!!! and more FUN!!!  

Carnival is indeed a whole lot of fun that attracts millions of people from around the globe, and it has become a huge year-round business entity in America.  It allows each culture to pay tribute to, and (1) expose their art form in the cities where the Carnival is held; (2) it provides enjoyment to millions of people and revenues to businesses year round, and (3) for the cities it is held in, it increases tourism and generates revenue for the city government.  Carnival is a certainly "a big business."

Unlike in the Caribbean where Carnival is part of the culture, here in America it's more a showcase of the culture.  Keep in mind though, carnival is not only a show it's an interactive show in which everyone is encouraged to participate.

As you can imagine this entire "Carnival thing" is very nice and is lots of fun, so if you are in Atlanta or have the opportunity to travel there this weekend, you must check out the Carnival and focus on the Mas bands along the parade route.  You are sure to have lots of fun, and please "take a jump and a whine for me". 

The next big Carnivals in North America that will be taking place in the upcoming months are Philadelphia, Virginia Carifest, Tampa Bay, Washington DC, Baltimore, New York and Miami.  Below are costumes from bands who are working with us, and who we are sponsoring in some form or another.  They will be participating in the Washington DC and Baltimore Carnivals.  Click on their sites located under their picture to obtain more details on playing "mas" with them, so you are able to fully experience Carnival.



Jackie & Associates - Wash. DC Carnival  & Baltimore Carnival 2008 Costumes www.jackiecarnival.com 



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Shortmus Productions- Wash. DC Carnival 2008 Costumes www.shortmusproductions.com 



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Family and Friends - Wash. DC Carnival & Baltimore Carnival 2008 - www.familyandfriendsrebelers.com 


Umm...Umm...Umm...What blissful days we are living in, as this Democratic presidential primary elections move on.  Imagine, just a few more elections left and Senator Barack Obama is approximately 60 delegates away from reaching the total of 2025 delegates needed to secure his parties Presidential nomination, and declaring victory in this Democratic race.  Even though he has made history with his winnings and speeches, he is moving even closer to making history as the first black democratic nominee for President.  So..."Yes, he can, and Yes we can" certainly help him get there by making sure we go out and vote in the upcoming primaries and caucus.  This Tuesday go out and vote in the Idaho primary, and on June 3rd the 2 last contests will be held in Montana and South Dakota.  Finally, on June 13 Nebraska will hold their caucus.

The Kentucky and Oregon Primaries were fascinating, however this time instead of sitting in front of the TV listening to all the rhetoric from the Political Strategists on CNN and other cable networks, we decided to go out to dinner just to get away from watching and hearing their views.  As many of you know, Senator Hilary Clinton won the Kentucky primary by a large margin, and Senator Barack Obama won the Oregon Primary with a nice lead as well.  The delegates they received from these states are as  follows: (1) Kentucky: Clinton received 37 and Obama received 14; and (2) Oregon: Clinton received 21 and Obama received 31.  Bringing their total delegates received to date in this race per ABC News:  Hilary Clinton: 1779 and Barack Obama 1967.  As you can see Senator Obama has a substantial lead in the pledged delegates; he is now approximately 30 Super Delegates ahead of Senator Clinton, and most importantly he HAS WON THE MAJORITY OF PLEDGED DELEGATES!!

As for Super Delegates who are supporting Obama, it's shocking to see some of the people who have recently announced their support.  The most shocking is Senator Robert C. Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia who endorsed Obama on 5/19/08.  (Senator Byrd is a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and a one-time opponent of civil rights legislation)  He stated:

"As people all across this great nation know, I have been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Bush Administrationís misguided war in Iraq and its saber rattling around the globe."

"With the Bush Administration's latest request to fund this on-going war in Iraq without any attempt to start bringing our troops home, the issue of the upcoming presidential contest has been weighing heavily on my heart. The loss of life continues and the sons and daughters of tens of thousands of American families remain in harmís way every day."

"This Democratic primary campaign has been tough and competitive. I had no intention of involving myself in the Democratic campaign for President in the midst of West Virginia's primary election. But the stakes this November could not be higher."

"After a great deal of thought, consideration and prayer over the situation in Iraq, I have decided that, as a super delegate to the Democratic National Convention, I will cast my vote for Senator Barack Obama for President. Both Senators Clinton and Obama are extraordinary individuals, whose integrity, honor, love for this country and strong belief in our Constitution I deeply respect."

"I believe that Barack Obama is a shining young statesman, who possesses the personal temperament and courage necessary to extricate our country from this costly misadventure in Iraq, and to lead our nation at this challenging time in history. Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support."


obama-oregon2largestcrowd.jpg (80809 bytes)  To me these primaries were nothing compared to learning about the multitudes of people who came out to Senator Obama's rally on the banks of the Willamette River at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon this past Sunday - May 18, 2008.  Can you believe a total of  75,000 people were in attendance?  No exaggeration, it was 75,000 people, and from the pictures and research it was indeed as it was described "a sea of heads stretched for approximately half a mile along the grassy embankment, while others watch from kayaks and power boats bobbing on the Willamette River.  More hug the rails of the steel bridge that stretches across the water and crowds are even watching from jetties on the opposite shore." The biggest crowd every at a campaign rally...this is absolutely impressive and very thrilling!!!!  In the words of Senator Obama  as he surveyed the crowd on this historic day "Wow! Wow! Wow!"  You tell me is Obama "hot or what"?  What more can be done for many to see and accept that there are massive amounts of people in America who want and is seeking CHANGE.  Surly something truly magical is taking place here!!!

Let's talk about the Candidates for a minute.  The words I heard from Senator Obama via his speech in Iowa on May 20, 2008, was very moving, and what really touched me was what he said about Senator Hilary Clinton ďSenator Clinton has shattered myths and broken barriers and changed the America in which my daughters and your daughters will come of age, and for that we are grateful to her." There could not have been a more lovelier statement about Senator Clinton made by Senator Obama.  Very lovely indeed!!!  

As you know I questioned Senator Clinton's strength in the beginning, and I must say she is undeniably very strong and quite determined, and I am proud of her accomplishments!  However, now that the end is rapidly approaching I am seeing a different side of her that's very familiar to me, and which is a huge fault of mine...That is not knowing when to give up.  Todd has said to me on many occasions he admires my will and strength to go on, and to follow through to the end of every project or business venture we take on.  So much so, to the point of never wanting to give up.  I am learning on a daily basis to fix that fault, and now I see exactly what he's saying when he talks about my WILL to go on to the end.  Senator Clinton certainly has that WILL.  

Nevertheless, I simply don't agree with her determination of breaking and changing the Democratic National Committee (DNC) rules, that's a NO...NO!  To me it shows very little respect for the DNC, and is absolutely unacceptable (in my opinion.)  It's one thing having a desire to win, but it's another when your goal is to change and defy the rules your party have laid down, and which you had agreed to at the beginning of the race.

I mentioned above that Senator Obama's speech in Iowa on Tuesday night touched me...yes it certainly did!  Read the most important part below, where he talks about "Change".

Excerpts of Senator Obama's Speech in Iowa on Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"Now, I will leave it up to Senator McCain to explain to the American people whether his policies and positions represent long-held convictions or Washington calculations, but the one thing they donít represent is change.

Change is a tax code that rewards work instead of wealth, by cutting taxes for middle-class families, and senior citizens, and struggling homeowners, a tax code that rewards businesses that create good jobs here in America, instead of the corporations that ship them overseas. Thatís what change is.

Change is a health care plan that guarantees insurance to every American who wants it, that brings down premiums for every family who needs it, that stops insurance companies from discriminating and denying coverage to those who need it most. Thatís what change is.

Change is an energy policy that doesnít rely on buddying up to the Saudi royal family and then begging them for oil, an energy policyÖ

Change is an energy policy that puts a price on pollution and makes the oil companies invest their record profits in clean, renewable sources of energy that will create millions of new jobs and leave our children a safer planet. Thatís what change is, Iowa.

Change is giving every child a world-class education by recruiting an army of new teachers with better pay and more support, by promising four years of tuition to any American willing to serve their community and their country, by realizing that the best education starts with parents who turn off the TV, and take away the video games, and read to their children once in a while. Thatís what change is.

Change is ending a war that we never should have started.

Change is finishing a war against Al Qaida in Afghanistan that we never should have ignored.

Change is facing the threats of the 21st century, not with bluster or fear-mongering or tough talk or suspending due process, but with tough diplomacy and strong alliances and confidence in the ideals that have made this nation the last best hope on Earth.

That is the legacy of Roosevelt and Truman and Kennedy. That, Iowa, is what change is. That is the choice in this election.


Change is coming.


Itís what led all those young men and women who saw beatings and billy-clubs on their television screens to leave the safety of their homes and get on buses and march through the streets of Selma and Montgomery, black and white, rich and poor.

Change is coming to America, Iowa.

To hear the entire speech scroll below and click the picture to launch the video!



I leave you with the same statement I have left you with every week.  "Please remember to judge Senator Obama on his words, his actions and the content of his character.   Kindly continue standing up and not accepting the same old tactics, rhetoric and old politics.  Most importantly let's continue building this movement and voting for Senator Barack Obama".  With your support and votes Senator Obama will continue succeeding. We know he is "the one"..."the one" who absolutely has the ability and wisdom to move us forward;  "the one" who has the answers to all of the many issues plaguing America currently, and we know he is "the one" who can take us forward toward that change we are seeking in a positive manner.  I hope you are looking forward to the overall change as I am, so lets continue making history together!!!!"


The below video is of Senator Barack Obama speaking to a crowd in Iowa on May 20, 2008.  (As the polls closed in Kentucky and was being counted in Oregon)

Click the picture below to launch video

(20 minutes & 15 seconds)

Courtesy of CNN and powered by YouTube 


The below video shows many faces and comments of people who attended Senator Barack Obama's largest campaign rally (in the history of rallies.)   A total of 75,000 people were in attendance in Portland Oregon on Sunday, May 18 2008 He was accompanied by his family!

Courtesy of www.barackobama.com, powered by YouTube

To see more about this rally click the following link to  launch another video: 






Here is a brief thought regarding the Republicans.  Last week unbelievably Senator McCain talked about bringing the troops home in 2013, and this week he repeatedly called Senator Obama naive because Obama feels it's important to speak with both America's friends and enemies as several past Presidents have done .  Clearly, the old Republican/Bush tactics and policies have not worked including not talking to the enemies of America; so therefore, we must change this old administration!   Another thing I believe the Republicans have a lot of control over and what "sickens me to the core" is this high gas prices that are increasing on a daily basis (it is now approaching $4.00 per gallon.)  I am certain President Bush can do something about alleviating these high prices.  From my research I learned that Canada is Americaís largest supplier of imported oil, and only 40% comes from Saudi Arabia.  If you follow Bush you would have known some weeks ago he had meetings with his friends Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico's President Felipe Calderon in New Orleans at the fourth North American Leaders Summit (a two-day meeting).  Don't you think President Bush could have discussed with his good friend Prime Minister Harper and deal with him regarding lowering the prices of the oil that he is supplying to America.  Instead he visits Saudi Arabia and asked them to lower their prices.

They say "a picture is worth a thousand words"  check out the following picture I came across on the internet (not sure of the source), which I feel clearly reflects what is taking place in the United States by the Current Administration.  Let me know your thoughts on this susan@ariousentertainment.us



Panjam-poster-web.gif (81851 bytes)Celebrate Memorial Day at De Panyard.  Pan Masters Steel Orchestra will be hosting its 10th Steel Band Jamboree on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at DE Panyard located at North Brentwood, Maryland.  Scroll down to our "Featured Events" for all the details or you can CLICK HERE.



Thanks to the many who have sent me e-mails in response to my past E-Newsletters and lots of important information.  Most importantly I thank you for your encouraging words!  Please enjoy this Memorial Day Weekend!!

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