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Division of Festivals Welcomes Suggestions for Carnival on St. Thomas

As preparations continue for the 2019-20 Crucian Christmas Festival, the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s Division of Festivals is inviting members of the community to submit suggestions for a theme for the 2020 Carnival on St. Thomas.

Ian Turnbull, director of the Division of Festivals, said the department was focused on ensuring that while plans for St. Croix’s festivities were being cemented…


Added by Icom on November 7, 2019 at 12:25pm — No Comments

STX Festival Season Kicks Off with ‘Carnival Meets the Runway’

It is officially the beginning of festival season on St. Croix and Alvin Burke Jr.’s sixth annual “Carnival Meets the Runway” kicked it off with a bang Saturday. The night brought together Crucian Christmas Festival parade troupes and included a variety of entertainment.

The event provides those who wish to participate in the parade a look at troupes’ costumes, giving them the opportunity to choose which one…


Added by Icom on November 7, 2019 at 12:23pm — No Comments

‘Inside the tent, it’s one big party.’ Meet the UniverSoul Circus performers who’ve been wowing Chicago for generations

It’s a quiet fall weeknight in Hyde Park, complete with changing leaves and joggers on the paths of Washington Park. But in one corner of the sprawling green space, a temporary village has sprung up, tethered to its spot by a bright yellow and red tent, rising to a peak above the trees. And inside the tent, all is pandemonium.…


Added by Icom on November 5, 2019 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Parties focused on the irrepressible sounds of the African diaspora are energizing the Los Angeles underground. Matt McDermott looks over the city's increasing prominence within a global movement.

Just past midnight, at a junkyard in South Los Angeles, the sounds of soca ring out into the air. Over a thousand revelers—Caribbean immigrants eager for a taste of the Carnival culture, denizens of LA's labyrinthine warehouse scene, black folks, white folks, brown folks, queer folks, straight folks—spray each other down with paint and powder, losing their identity and their minds in a joyful scrum. Behind the decks is foreigner, AKA Adam…


Added by Icom on November 5, 2019 at 7:18pm — No Comments

Reggae music and jerk chicken: What more could you want from a festival?

Now that the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival is going to be 18 years old, it was time for some changes, say organizers.

“We’ve grown so much that last year we had 12,000 people and 32 food vendors,” says Eddy Edwards, the co-founder and CEO of Jamaican Jerk Festival USA, Inc. “We started out with…


Added by Icom on November 4, 2019 at 11:24am — No Comments

13th annual Houston festival highlights Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries

In a sea of people clad in red, white and blue, the flag colors of three Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries, Gabriel Albelo stood out with his orange Houston Astros baseball cap Saturday afternoon as he walked around Midtown Park.

The 31-year-old machinist from Cuba joined roughly 20,000 others at the 13th annual Puerto Rican and Cuban Festival to celebrate both countries and the Dominican Republic.…


Added by Icom on November 4, 2019 at 11:22am — No Comments


Visitors know it as the St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival. The locals call it Sugar Mas. But whatever you refer to it as, one thing’s for sure: There’s no better way to experience Kittitian culture.

Sugar Mas regularly ranks as the Federation’s largest event. Running from November 22, 2019, to January 4, 2020, the 48th edition of the carnival will feature all of the festival’s old favorites — with…


Added by Icom on November 2, 2019 at 9:34am — No Comments

Caribbean Current - Towering stilt walkers are a treat for the eyes

Halloween 2019 has come and gone. The costumes and decorations were everywhere. The stores have had the extra candy aisles set up for weeks now.

Most people from the Caribbean do not celebrate Halloween because it is not a part of our culture. But the carnivals and festivals that we celebrate have some similarities to Halloween because dancers…


Added by Icom on November 2, 2019 at 9:31am — No Comments

Disney music goes Soca in Boston

Sometimes we as a small nation take many things for granted, especially when it comes to the music industry. There are so many of our artistes who have brought so much happiness and excitement to our lives, but these memories too quickly fade without giving the recognition these artistes deserve.

Also, we seem to only keep our focus on the established ones, and not the up-and-coming new ones. There are…


Added by Icom on November 1, 2019 at 12:17pm — No Comments

The Caribbean Equine Cultural Festival will be the region’s first lifestyle and racing event

The Royal St. Lucia Turf Club (RSLTC) took the next step towards its Dec. 13 grand opening earlier this week with the arrival of 40 Thoroughbreds from America. The delivery of the horses via an IRT plane was unlike anything the Caribbean nation had ever seen and brought chills to many witnesses.

“What most people didn’t think would happen is happening,” St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said. “The…


Added by Icom on October 31, 2019 at 11:24am — No Comments

Jamaican Music and Food Festival is a groundbreaking celebration of an abundant culture


Sunday November 10 and Saturday November 16.


The festival takes place at the glorious Seaworks in Williamstown. Parking is limited and public transport is a much better bet. For something different, you can even hop on a ferry from Southbank. This year will also see JMFF hit Sydney for the first time…


Added by Icom on October 31, 2019 at 11:21am — No Comments

Trini stars in BET’s Tales

Uriel J Winfree III does not believe in limiting himself in any way. He also refuses to be judged by society’s conventions and it shows in his life and his art.

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Winfree is a singer, songwriter, tattoo artist and actor.

He was in TT for the 2019 Trinidad International Tattoo Fest on September 14 and 15, as well as to visit family. His…


Added by Icom on October 30, 2019 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Trinidad James takes Prince Swanny to Sway in the Morning show

Prince Swanny is getting the help of Trinidad James to make it big in the music industry.

James, a Trinidadian who is a rapper and actor in the US, introduced the young dancehall singer to the US market via Sway in the morning on Sirius XM.

The show is hosted by Sway Calloway, a journalist, rapper, businessman, television and radio host. …


Added by Icom on October 30, 2019 at 11:24pm — No Comments

You Can Experience This One Night Only Carnival-Themed Rave For Only $10 This December

Glowsticks, costumes and hypnotic beats are the recipe for the greatest night raving. With clubs like Iris, Ravine and District continuously hosting the hottest raves in Atlanta, there's one rave coming to the city in December that has its own unique factor. This rave coming to Atlanta for one night is inspired by Afro-Caribbean beats. This is the perfect thing to do in Atlanta if you're looking to dance all night long.…


Added by Icom on October 30, 2019 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Richness of Caribbean Culture, Heritage, and Pride in Full Effect at Miami Carnival 2019

Over the Columbus Day Holiday weekend, excitement was stoked throughout the South Florida Caribbean community courtesy of the 2019 installment of Miami Carnival, as well as all the festivities and celebrations that sprouted therefrom. This year’s Miami Carnival marked its 35th anniversary, with North Miami serving as the situs of the first Carnival back in 1984.   Naturally, the purpose of this marvelous event is to celebrate and showcase…


Added by Icom on October 30, 2019 at 11:05pm — No Comments

Sergie, Soca is in her DNA

Where does the name Sergie come from?

My Christian name is Sergia. My family and friends would always call me Sergie, and I felt it was a good stage name for me as an artiste.

So who is Sergie? Are you a soca artist or a Lucian first?

I was born and raised on this beautiful 238 square…


Added by Icom on October 28, 2019 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Motto apologises to Dominicans for wrong Bouyon claim

St Lucian artist and producer Lashley ‘Motto’ Winter is apologising to the people of Dominica for a statement he made while performing at the World Creole Music Festival on Sunday night.

While performing on the last night of the Dominica World Creole Music Festival, Motto said Bouyon music started in St Lucia.

The claim had many Dominicans taking to social media…


Added by Icom on October 28, 2019 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Carnival merger under threat

The culture ministry has said that it still stands by the goal to have a single adult carnival in Cayman next May and the government-approved weekend for the combination of the Batabano and CayMAS parades on Grand Cayman remains 9 May. But organisers behind the CayMAS carnival have said that they will not be joining forces with Batabano and will instead hold their event on Discovery Day weekend (May 14-18) because government’s choice falls on Mother’s…


Added by Icom on October 27, 2019 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Get Ready for the Caribbean Food, Wine and Fete at Virginia Key Beach

SOUTH FLORIDA – With the Miami Carnival a historical success, South Florida residents have over two weeks to get rest and be ready for the Food, Wine and Fete produced by Vanessa James Media! The first of its kind culinary event celebrating the brightest chefs, mixologists and delights of the Caribbean in an all-inclusive Soca Fete experience!

This tasteful and entertaining event will be held on Saturday,…


Added by Icom on October 27, 2019 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Las Vegas gets ready for Latin, Caribbean carnival

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Las Vegas is getting ready for a festive weekend as the 2019 Las Vegas Sin City Bacchanal Carnival Day Parade will be held on Oct. 26 in the downtown Arts District.

The event, is a celebration of the valley’s ties to the Latin American and Caribbean region as the community’s population is growing.

The parade will feature floats, masqueraders in…


Added by Icom on October 27, 2019 at 4:54pm — No Comments

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