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Mico's Blog – October 2017 Archive (9)

A Carnival is born!

On Sunday 3 September, following two years’ preparation involving local groups and artists, Hull, City of Culture, hosted the city’s inaugural Hull International Carnival. The parade set off from King Edward Square, and moved through the town centre to finish at Queens Gardens. There were giant sea shells blasting soca rhythms, live samba bands, Rampage Mas costumes and participants from the city’s many diverse communities. The carnival was directed by…

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Added by Mico on October 28, 2017 at 3:18pm — No Comments

Soca Music Awards set to return in 2018

The Soca Music Awards will return in 2018, prompted by concerns voiced by artists that there’s been nothing reflecting what’s taking place within the UK soca arena. Soca News publisher and SMA promoter Joseph Charles said, “Promoting the culture is not always an easy road, but it’s necessary, so we are stepping back into the ring”. To keep updated about the awards, please sign up to the newsletter at…

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Added by Mico on October 28, 2017 at 3:15pm — No Comments

Antigua & Barbuda reaches 36



The twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda will celebrate its 36th year of independence on Wednesday 1 November. Antigua and Barbuda became an associated state on 27 February, 1967. The islands gained full independence from the United Kingdom on 1 November, 1981, when the Right Honourable Vere Cornwall Bird Sr, known affectionately as ‘Papa Bird’, becoming the first Prime Minister. On that day the Union Jack was finally…

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Added by Mico on October 28, 2017 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Anyone ever been to Crucian Christmas Carnival?

A month long celebration, the Crucian Christmas Carnival (or Crucian Christmas Festival) incorporates modern day celebrations of long standing traditions. These holiday traditions date back to at least the early 1800s when enslaved Africans were allowed time off to celebrate Christmas, and they made the most of this time off by celebrating.…

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Added by Mico on October 25, 2017 at 6:06pm — No Comments

2017 Carnival Budget Slashed for Sugar Mas!

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Less than a month before the launch of Sugar Mas 46, the carnival budget has been slashed by over 60%.



WINN FM understands that in prior years the government allotted EC $3 million to the Carnival Committee to put on the national carnival. This year, the Committee will have to work with just $1 million, a 66% hair cut.



The budget cut was…

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Added by Mico on October 25, 2017 at 5:57pm — No Comments

10 Day Fete comes to an end in Zimbabwe

Beverley Sibanda wows fans at the carnival

Zimbabweans momentarily forgot about bank queues and cash shortages, as they partook in a 10-day merrymaking fête, where public drinking was permissible and Harare was teeming with all sorts of people, but it is over now, as the curtain came down on the Harare International Carnival, yesterday.

While Zimbabweans are reeling from the economic crisis, the carnival was a merry-making…

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Added by Mico on October 24, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Miami Carnival 2017 Ole Talk



Only Child.


So Miami Carnival is over and now it is time for the ole talk, a play by play of my adventures at this event. This year, sadly, I did…

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Added by Mico on October 24, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

How do you pull off the perfect Carnival costume? We asked an expert.

If you ever balked at the idea of paying top dollar for a Tory Burch one-piece or an Agua Bendita bikini, then imagine if you had to invest a small fortune on the skimpiest of outfit you ever owned.  Add to that the fact that you might only wear it once in your life. That’s part of the game when it comes to Carnival.

Permanand has designed costumes from Trinidad to Toronto and everywhere in between. He…

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Added by Mico on October 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Wyclef to join the Miami Carnival Parade to celebrate his Carnival III album

Wyclef to join the Miami Carnival Parade to celebrate his Carnival III album

MIAMI – Internationally acclaimed artist Wyclef will be participating in the Miami Carnival parade to celebrate his new album: Carnival III: The Fall and Rise of a Refugee.

“Carnival III is more than just an album. It’s a celebration of what…

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Added by Mico on October 24, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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