Dem old time ting – Fancy Sailor’s last dance

How come no one has come up with a sailor costume tarred with beads and plumes of feathers?

Gilbert Defreitas, a.k.a. Popeye on roller skates

At the Traditional Mas in St.James, Trinidad, West Indies, the Carnival competition began with the tribute of two masqueraders who had died in 2007, one of whom was Gilbert Defreitas, a.k.a. Popeye on roller skates. Every year it seems, the few individuals who have kept the traditions of Old Mas alive are becoming less visible. There were four Fancy Sailors on show, yet their enthusiasm and attention to the sailor dance brought a nostalgia, if not taught to the younger sailor masqueraders, the art may perished as well.

The video begins with Popeye at last year’s event and continues with the classic Fancy Sailor dance. Above: Gilbert Defreitas a.k.a. Popeye dancing on his roller skates in 2006.

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