Bacchanal rings in the New Year on Friday

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bacchanal-jamaica.jpgSoca lovers will have an opportunity to ring in the season's start at Bacchanal New Year - Fete and Band Launch scheduled for Mas Camp in St Andrew, on Friday.

In addition to the festivities, patrons will have a chance to see the season's costumes for the first time.This year is a special one as they will be celebrating the life of Earl 'Fuzzy' Franklin.

Franklin, 68, was a costume designer with Bacchanal Jamaica for 17 years. He collapsed while driving in July 2015 and died shortly thereafter.

Franklin had designed and made all the costumes before he died. His wife, Charmaine, a Bacchanal Jamaica director, had to only fine-tune them.

The evening's soundtrack will be provided by DJ Sanjay, Back2Basics and Richie Ras.

"We've kept the prices same as last year... $1,500 pre-sold and $2,000 at the gate for general. VIP is $4,000 pre-sold and $4,500 at the gate. We'll be having mug deals for patrons as well," Michael Ammar Jr said.