Ok, so yes I knew that with the economy around the world in the shambles that it is, things for Carnival 2009 would be expected. Yes, I was prepared for fete price increas, just as I was prepared for costume price increases.
With regards to costume prices, at least for TRIBE I was pleasantly surprised that costume prices did NOT go up by the margin that I had anticipated. However that said, it seems like people have decided to recoup these losses by the fete price increases.
Take for instance Witco's ONE fete. Last year, 2007, those tickets cost $250. This year, 2008, it cost anywhere from $300 to $400 depending on when you bought your ticket (no ah not putting what scalpers were calling for those tckts on the day! Suffice it to say you could have bought two or more tickets at the origanl price aight! steups). An increase of between 20% to 60% from 2007 to 2008. Now for 2009 a lil birdie has said that ONE fete tickets are to cost $600! A full 50% price increase in this time of economic turmoil!