Now as we all know it’s now Carnival aka feteing season again here in Antigua and many of us have been waiting for this moment like:
I actually haven’t been feteing for a long time as most folks have been.
However, when I started, I didn’t have anyone to tell me EXACTLY what I was getting into.
All I knew was……Tons of Partying, Bumpa like rain, Alcohol, Soca and Plenty Memorable Occasions.
You’d think that was all I needed to know right?
I went head first into this “fete life” like:
and ended up making some HORRIBLE decisions/mistakes. Who knew that feteing actually had rules or at least guidelines that one should know.
So since I’ve learnt from my mistakes, I went out on facebook and got some extra feedback on what folks thought persons should know about the fete life and came up with this blog post called:
Feteing 101 ; Class Now In Session
Here’s 20 things you should know before attending a fete.
1) Get your Tickets Early
Now many of us have this bad tendency to wait till last minute then log on social media all frantic like:
ANYBODY SELLING LAST MINUTE TICKETS?!
WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS TO “XYZ” EVENT NOW?!
ARE THEY SELLING AT THE GATE?!
The best thing you can do is get your tickets early, ESPECIALLY if there’s an early bird special because most times
There’s really no excuse to not get your ticket sorted ASAP, especially when there’s now new apps like “Ticketing”
Available for both Apple AND Android users and the best thing about it, there’s no waiting in lines and you don’t even have to put on pants.
SOOOOOO GET YA TICKETS EARLY, once that’s done we can go on to #2.
2) Have a Fete Buddy/Buddies
Now this is VERY Ideal as I wouldn’t suggest going to a fete by yourself.
Trust me it’s better with friends and if you don’t have friends…WELLL get one a fete buddy for the Season.
One that won’t abandon you for some man or woman they
…fall in love with or can actually handle their liquor.
It’s never fun having to be by yourself at a fete or looking around for the friend you came with like:
So make sure you go out with someone that you’ll be able to enjoy the FULL event with.
3) OUTFIT OUTFIT OUTFIT (Dress appropriate to suit the occasion.)
Guys, research is very important.
One should ALWAYS know the type of fete you’re going to and what outfit is mostly required or what the location looks like so you know what to wear.
I do understand sometimes we like to break the rules a little bit.
For instance if it’s an all white fete, some may throw in a pop of color or wear something that maybe isn’t all white and hey! That’s fine, ya know?
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not go to the people dem fete in all red or all green looking like:
Or wear heels at a beach themed event or a place where heels may not be comfortable to walk in and look like:
Cause I will stand there and be like:
HOW CAN YOU COME TO A WET FETE AND DON’T EXPECT FOR YOU TO GET WET?!
Then end up looking like:
So yes, Research then plan ya outfit.
4) EAT BEFORE YOU GO!
Listen, I know you when you pay for all inclusive events, you would expect that food is included BUT
DO NOT DEPEND ENTIRELY ON THE FOOD AT FETES.
A great tip is to always pick up something before the fete or simply eat at home first.
Especially if you’re the type to go “Fashionably late”. The time it takes you to stand up in the food line, could have been time you was either enjoying the performance or getting “Lit”.
Also, if you know you’re the type to walk into a event and shots bar can’t miss you, PLEASE EAT BEFORE, TRUST ME, YOU DON’T WANT TO END UP LIKE THIS:
So, sort out ya life and NYAM BEFORE YOU GO ANYWAY.
5) “Nobody’s there’s to babysit ya drunk ass, Pace Yaself”
Yes, we all like to turn up and yes you wanna “Drink ah rum and live meh life” but KNOW YOUR LIMIT.
If you know you’re a light weight, PLEASE do not visit the bar more than 3 times and if you plan to do so, drink water or some sort of soda inbetween, it’ll help.
THERE IS NOTHING MORE ANNOYING THAN HAVING TO BABYSIT A GROWN ADULT.
PACE YOURSELF AND KNOW YOUR LIMITS.
6) Always Have a Designated Driver
I can’t stress this enough.
If your friend tells you that they’re better drivers when they’re drunk.
Putting others life in danger because you ‘think” you’re comfortable with yours isn’t cool.
If you know you’re going to be drinking, make sure you have a backup or you plain out just have someone else that’s gonna be sober and can drive.
If not? Luckily enough we have 24 Hour Transportation Services like “Pick-Me-Up”
which is always available by calling 1-268-720-8830.
7) Don’t be ridiculous in your expectations.
Many of times, we’re the reason the fete wasn’t “lit” for us because we expect wayyyy too much and HEY! Nothing is wrong with that but don’t be ridiculous.
If it’s an all inclusive ( not drinks inclusive) please note that the ticket price includes food, drinks, entertainment and ambiance.
DO NOT EXPECT TO EAT $300 WORTH OF FOOD, $300 WORTH OF DRINKS AND STILL WANT A BOMB PERFORMANCE.
Honestly, if you were to sit down and calculate everything and what you SHOULD have paid, you’d end up like:
Have expectations but still don’t.
8) Pay attention to the information being advertised about the event before you go.
I’m honestly tired of people going to a SOCA event and getting upset that “Too much” Soca is playing.
Walk with ya headphones if you gonna be upset and find a corner and listen your music. Go have a silent party somewhere and stop being ridiculous.
If not, Just pay attention and enjoy the music.
9) DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT MIX YOUR ALCOHOL
If you’re into sleeping by the toilet or not having memories, then please go right ahead my friend, Play Mixologist.
However, if you just so happen to appreciate your memories and even your liver, DO NOT MIX YOUR ALCOHOL.
Waking up like this
So just don’t.
Stick to one drink, preferably one that you’re already familiar with drinking.
10) Find a bartender who can actually mix drinks or that you know and stick to them.
This is so important because it’s not every bartender can actually.
You wanna make sure you find that right bartender who’s not gonna make your drink taste like Gasoline and Pineapple.
Or have your face like this when you get the drink:
Do yaself a favor and find a fav.
11) Liming at the Bar isn’t cool.
Nothing is more stressful than going to a bar to get drinks and folks that ALREADY have their drinks just standing there….chilling.
“We all tryna get drinks fam, Collect yours and keep it going.”
12) Do not wait on people to build the vibes, Start it yourself!
I’ve heard too many complaints of people not dancing when they enter the fete and the vibes not there because of it.
Honestly, if you’re going to a fete and have to depend on people to build YOUR vibe.
You’re wasting your time AND money.
If the music is on point, I don’t see any reason for you NOT to be like:
Build ya own vibes.
13) Don’t go and stand up all night on your phone then post awful reviews the next day.
It’s always funny that it’s the folks that CONSTANTLY on their phones at a fete who always have the MOST to say.
You’re paying all that money to just be on your phone?
That makes 0 sense.
Get off the damn phone and at least TRY to enjoy the event.
14) Other Humans will be at the Fete
I feel like sometimes, people can be just terribly ignorant.
If someone mashes you or shoves you in attempts to pass, DO NOT BLOW UP.
Be cool, count to 10 and
There’s a HUGE possibility you may see someone that you might not like or have beef with.
DO NOT GO AND START A FIGHT AND RUIN THE EVENT FOR ANYONE ELSE.
Schedule your fight for another day, not at the fete.
15) Don’t stress if someone is wearing the exact same outfit as you.
Things like this happens all the time.
You walk into a event and see someone in the same frock like you and you’re like:
Online Stores aren’t locked down for YOU alone. If you don’t want this to happen, get something custom made, there’s a lot of talented seamstresses and tailors around.
16) If he or she does not belong to you… LET THEM GO.
I think sometimes folks take getting a dance at a fete to be a marriage proposal.
It really isn’t.
Take the dance and know when to leave.
Some may hold you for the whole fete but let it be THEIR choice if to do so.
If you dancing with her to bruk off ya back and it money pull up 5 times, it’s not for you to be brukking off the young lady’s back 5 times.
Cause you will get embarrassed when their friend spots them reaching for help and comes at you like:
Also, Wandering hands issa no.
Be respectful at all times and DON’T OVERSTEP.
17) Mind ya own business
You gonna see alot of things at a fete.
Especially folks significant others dancing or involving themselves with someone other than theirs.
Don’t go spreading rumors off assumptions, sometimes it just may be a dance.
This should be you:
Drink ya drink, Bruk off ya back and Mind ya business.
18) Always walk with Money aka “Walk with ya Bex Money”
You never know what may happen after a fete.
Food could run out or if it’s not inclusive, your money man/woman might not be able to be found so what you gonna do wait?
Having money on you is always essential.
Now I’m not saying walk with ya whole rubber band filled wad of cash.
At least $20-100 would suffice quite fine.
Just incase you and ya ride fall out and you have to call a taxi or pick-me-up or something.
Always be prepared.
19) Food after Drinking is a MUST
One of the great ways to avoid a terrible hangover when you wake up is to make sure you eat after drinking.
Find a fast food restaurant, asap.
For my Antiguan readers,.
- Shawarma or Pizza from Cassanova or Pita Pocket
- Island Subs
- Wings from Diamond Ice
Just Pick one.
20) LAST but mostly, DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN.
Stop Snapchatting for 5 seconds and actually take in the fete, it’s really not that hard.
Hey, nothing is wrong with snapping at a fete because I’m guilty but NOT THE WHOLE FETE.
Too many of us fake the turn up just for social media and it’s left to ask….Did you really enjoy the event?
Come on, you pay too much money to just be a videographer, THAT AIN’T GETTING PAID.
Save ya data, Enjoy the Experience and have a great time.
I hope you guys enjoyed and learned something you probably didn’t know already!
If you have anything you may want me to talk about, feel free to hit me up anytime!
Till Next Time! Stay dope.
– Fete Kid Chavy