D’Midas band leader returns to Carnival

Yawu Miller | 8/15/2012, 8:20 a.m.
Rudy Osborne (L) and Shawn Antenor (R) examine costumes for D’Midas International’s 2012 presentation,...

When it’s all assembled, 150 D’Midas dancers will parade before the judges in their colorful sections. In addition to the blue peacocks, there will be a Trinidadian national color-themed section with red, black and white costumes crowned with ostrich feathers; a Native American section will be themed in red, white and blue; and a section of mardi gras-themed costumes will feature a chain mail-like armor of brightly-colored coins, held together by golden-colored chains.

“You don’t know how many months he’s been at it, punching the holes out of the coins so he can get the chains through,” Marjorie commented on her son’s labor.

Like many Caribbean women, Marjorie is largely responsible for her son’s obsession with Carnival. She encouraged Osborne to dance with a band when he was 7 years old during Carnival in Port of Spain, the Trinidadian capital where he was born and raised. Osborne became obsessed when he learned how to fabricate costumes with aluminum and other materials available on the island.

What convinced him to bring D’Midas back to Boston this year were his thoughts of the children who play in Carnival.  “When I was in Trinidad last year and the Kiddie Carnival was going on here, a kind of guilt came over me,” Osborne said. “I called people together and said let’s do the band this year.”

Like Osborne, Antenor began dancing in a Carnival band when he was 7 years old.  He is now in the front section, dancing with 10 other angel-costumed players in front of the D’Midas king and queen.  “It’s going to be an amazing sight,” Antenor said.

This year’s Caribbean Carnival will take place Saturday, August 25. The Kiddie Carnival will be held August 19 at White Stadium in Franklin Park. The King and Queen Competition will be held August 23 at the Reggie Lewis Track.

For more information and photographs of D’Midas International and other Carnival bands, visit http://www.bostoncarnival.org.