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Everything you missed at the Cape Town Carnival 2 Weeks ago [VIDEO]

In case you got too busy and didn’t catch up on all the fun at the 2017 Cape Town Carnival, don’t worry because we got you covered. The 8th Annual Cape Town Carnival took place this past weekend. The theme of the carnival was Amaza Ocean Odyssey.



The parade kicked off after the Mayor of Cape Town declared it open by cutting a ribbon. Speaking on the…

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Added by Mico on March 25, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Bacchanal Jamaica April 23rd 2017 [VIDEO]

The roadmarch in Jamaica traditionally starts around 9am at the national stadium and ends at about 7pm at the start location, Bacchanal Jamaica Mas Camp, located at the stadium. The parade usually has a few thousand participants and tens of thousands of spectators along it’s route.

Our costumes are all traditional bikini, beads and feathers as we have no long traditions or history as it pertains to carnival.…

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Added by Mico on March 25, 2017 at 1:58pm — No Comments

Take a look at Cayman Islands Carnival in April/May 2017 [VIDEO]

Launched in 1983 by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and now in its 32nd. year,Cayman Carnival Batabano – the island’s national carnival – is held annually during the first week of May – a vibrant highlight in the island’s entertainment calendar, organized by a volunteer committee chaired for past 15 years by well-known local impresario Donna Myrie-Stephen. The carnival has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s inception, and now also includes a Junior carnival.…

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Added by Mico on March 21, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Tampa Bay Carnival in Florida on April 22nd, 2017 [VIDEO]

Each spring, Tampa Caribbean Festival Inc welcomes visitors from throughout the Sunshine State and the world. Guests come from near and far to enjoy exhibits, crafts, top-name entertainment and vendors, a street parade, a Jouvert morning experience, a Steelpan Jamboree, an amalgamation of Carnival Music, MultiMedia and family with glorious atmosphere and high-stepping masquerade…

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Added by Mico on March 17, 2017 at 1:17pm — No Comments

Experience Life for St. Maarten Carnival this April [VIDEO]

The mere mention of the words lifts one’s spirit and fills residents and visitors alike with feelings of excitement for the Caribbean’s longest annual festival. At three weeks in duration, St. Maarten’s Carnival attracts hundreds of tourists to, as Carnival’s slogan suggests, “Experience Life”, the St. Maarten way. To “play mas” and be part of a festival that is comprised of colorful…

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Added by Mico on March 17, 2017 at 1:04pm — No Comments

Cape Town Carnival March 18, 2017 [VIDEO]

This Year's Theme

The Cape Town Carnival theme is AMAZA! ~ Ocean Odyssey.

From sunny beaches, rock pools & seashells, surfers and sunshine, to our place at the confluence of two oceans: The Atlantic & Indian Oceans. The Ocean is a world of possibilities. Beyond turbulence and uncertainty, there’s hope & smooth sailing. Go…

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Added by Mico on March 13, 2017 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Carnival over, Jazz Time now [VIDEO]

The action and excitement of Carnival 2017 is only just beginning to fade into memory, but the local entertainment scene remains buzzing with creative activities, concerts, networking events and festivals lined up throughout the second quarter of the year. 



One such upcoming event will commemorate over a decade of success in showcasing the many talented jazz musicians of Trinidad and Tobago and indeed, the…

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Added by Mico on March 12, 2017 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Michael Jackson's former Doctor at Trinidad Carnival

Conrad Murray -- Michael Jackson's former doctor who went to jail for his death -- is now enjoying the finer things in life ... like dancing with his hot girlfriend at Carnival.

Conrad was raised in Trinidad so he's reveled in the festivities before, and his longtime lady, Nicole Alvarez, was by his side.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and…

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Added by Mico on March 8, 2017 at 1:31pm — No Comments

DJ Private Ryan's Story

In 2006, a young student named Ryan Alexander uploaded a mix of soca tunes to Facebook from his dorm room in Miami, Florida. Today, the 33-year-old is known as Private Ryan to the global soca community and 80,000-plus followers who faithfully stalk his…

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Added by Mico on March 8, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Soca Zumba at Flow Creative 2017

The Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the People’s Republic of China has teamed up with the creative geniuses at Flow Creative to host the event “Soca Zumba” on February 25, 2017, at Flow Creative above CARAVAN Restaurant on Guanghua Lu.

The purpose of this unique event was to introduce Trinidad and Tobago’s soca music to the vibrant and dynamic Beijing fitness and healthy lifestyles…

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Added by Mico on March 5, 2017 at 3:25pm — No Comments

1997 Calypso Monarch Winner "Gypsy" on Trinidad & Tobago Carnival

While Carnival stakeholders are saying that Carnival 2017 was a resounding success, veteran calypsonian and former Minister of Arts and Culture Winston “Gypsy” Peters has an opposing view-it's dying, and fast.

Gypsy, 1997 Calypso Monarch winner and who successfully defended his national Extempo title at this year's Kaisorama extravaganza, said that Carnival has not only lost its appeal, but also its…

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Added by Mico on March 4, 2017 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Haiti Carnival 2017

Haiti’s three-day Carnival festivities have brought rum-fueled parties, imaginative costumes and high-energy dance music to a southern city that’s still recovering from last year’s punishing Hurricane Matthew.

Revelers have danced and sang their troubles away for three days in Les Cayes, the biggest city in the southwest region slammed by the Category 4 hurricane in October. President Jovenel Moise decided to hold…

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Added by Mico on March 1, 2017 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Rio Carnival 2017 in Pictures

Although other Catholic countries around the world celebrate the days before Lent in a similar way, no other carnival celebration can even begin to rival that in Rio – it’s considered the largest in the world, hosting around two million attendees.

And much of the five-day party’s legacy is down to the Rio’s samba schools and their world-class entertainment – basically, if the word ‘carnival’ makes images of colour,…

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Added by Mico on March 1, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

After Carnival Fetes in Trinidad

Here's a list to cool you down after Carnival Tuesday:

Wednesday March 1st, 2017

 Candy Coated Wine Down Cruise - Tobago - 1pm-6pm 

 Baewatch Cooler Fete - Chaguaramas - 4pm-11pm 

 Au Revoir - BlackJack Marina, Chaguaramas - 12pm-5pm 

 Wassy Wednesday Boatride - Coral Vision Cruise Ship, Port Of Spain - 12pm-5pm

 After Blast - Salybia Nature Resort -…

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Added by Mico on February 28, 2017 at 12:59am — No Comments

‘Leave Me Alone’: Trinidad’s women find a rallying cry for this year’s Carnival

Every year, an onslaught of high-octane soca music is released ahead of Trinidad’s pre-Lent Carnival. The songs are new, but the themes are well-worn: Rum. Partying. And the allure of a woman’s gyrating body, preferably backed into a man’s grasp.

So it’s a little surprising that one of this year’s most popular Carnival tunes is a jaunty ballad performed by the 76-year-old music legend Calypso Rose and titled…

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Added by Mico on February 26, 2017 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Be Aware of Traffic Changes for Trinidad Carnival

Citizens and visitors are advised of traffic restrictions throughout Trinidad and Tobago for the Carnival holiday.

The…

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Added by Mico on February 26, 2017 at 8:03pm — No Comments

St. Lucian Independence 2017

Minister for Local Government and Culture, Sen. Hon. Fortuna Belrose, recently called on citizens to reflect on the significance of Independence.

“We must all be concerned about where our country is headed and the role that we each must play in keeping it on track,” she said during the launch of activities marking Saint Lucia’s 38th Anniversary of Independence. “This is a time when we put our differences aside and…

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Added by Mico on February 23, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Socadrome for Carnival Tuesday 2017

February 16, 2017: The Socadrome will be back as an event stage for Carnival Tuesday 2017. In addition to showcasing the masqueraders from at least five of the biggest bands in Carnival (Bliss, Hart’s, Lost Tribe, Tribe and Yuma), this year’s Socadrome Show at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain, will feature performances by MX Prime, Chutney Soca Kings Ravi B and Omadarth Maharaj, David Rudder and “French Grammy” (Victorie de la Musiquie) album of…

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Added by Mico on February 19, 2017 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Guyana Carnival, 23rd Feb 2017 [VIDEO]

Guyana's equivalent to Carnival is called Mashramani, which means "A Celebration of the Harvest." This festival takes place with steelbands playing calypso music and costumed clad revelers. It is believed that the first Mashramani happened in the bauxite mining town of Linden. The next year other towns such as Georgetown, Berbice and Bartica joined in the…

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Added by Mico on February 13, 2017 at 9:26pm — No Comments

Curacao Carnival 2017 [VIDEO]

Curaçao's Carnival is one of the largest and longest-lasting Carnival spectacles of the Caribbean and one of the best times to visit the island.

Carnival began as a Catholic rite to represent the Christian practice of “Carne Levale,” or giving up meat for Lent. In the 19th century, Curaçao continued the tradition by organizing masquerade parties and marches in private clubs. It wasn’t until 1969 that Curaçao…

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Added by Mico on February 10, 2017 at 8:52pm — No Comments

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