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Tips for Palancing when we on the road

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Reigning like the queen she is Kaci Fennell dons this Carnival costume at Bacchanal Jamaica's official launch of Bacchanal 2015 Carnival Season, under the theme Untamed, held at Knutsford Court Hotel, Ruthven Road last Thursday.

By now, your stamina would have reached to a whole new level courtesy of the gym and feting with your waistline at the surplus supply of weekly soca parties would be a regular past time.

With the pre-checklist of costumes and makeup already ticked off, the main event that we have all been waiting for is finally here.

Before you venture off to palancing on the road, here are a few tips to consider before you play at the grand Bacchanal Road March:

1. Dress for style as well as comfort

The road march is no walk in the park so do so in comfortable boots or sneakers. Also, stand out among the costumed crowd, by accessorising your outfit in a way that speaks directly to and reflect your personality.

2. Don't jump on an empty stomach

Eat a solid meal at least two hours before, you head on down the road.

3. Leave all valuables at home

While this is the season for soca, it is also known for harbouring pick pockets. So don't give those seeking cash for gold the time of day. Take precaution and leave all jewellery at home. Remember: it is better to be safe than sorry.

4. Stay in large groups, preferably with friends

Road march can get a little crazy. That is why it is strongly advised that you march and dance in a large familiar group. Even if it is that you all are not in the same band, stay with who you know because you never can tell what will happen.

5. Keep Hydrated

Water is the staff of life so make it your best friend for the journey, and use it to pace yourself and assist with your stamina.

6. Protect your skin with sunscreen

The sun will probably be out in all it's glory and there is no hiding from it so invest in some sunscreen in order to protect the skin from burning and eventually stripping.

7. Drink responsibly

I know everyone must be tired of hearing this, but we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to drink responsibly. It is better to keep a level head on the road.

8. Stick with the designated route at all times

It would also be nice if you kept up with crowd, and if you're not making it, don't be ashamed to call the medic. Or rest at the next available rest spot.

9. Watch who you 'wukin' up with

We all know that for many, carnival is a free for all, but sometimes, something is wrong with the stranger who comes up behind you so be aware.

10. Definitely have fun

Carnival is all about excitement and enjoyment, so let go of your inhibitions and just have fun, clean safe fun.

krysta.anderson@gleanerjm.com