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Added by Icom on January 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
IAAFestival began in 1971 on Claver Place as the African Street Carnival (a PTA’s block party fundraiser for “Uhuru Sasa Shule” or “Freedom Now School,” an independent school in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn) with local artists, entertainers, and performers, arts and crafts vendors, along with food prepared by the parents. Almost 2,000 people attended and…Continue
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Since the beginning of our French colony, the habitants of New France created a rowdy tradition of getting together just before Lent to eat, drink and be merry. The custom of celebrating from the end of January until mid-February has long been popular.
The first large winter Carnival in Quebec City, the world’s snow…Continue
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The St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival will be no more.
Prime Minister Allan Chastanet has announced the festival, which has drawn visitors from all over the world to the Eastern Caribbean island for the past 25 years, has been scrapped because the $14 million price tag for the two-week event was just too much.
The well-known event is…Continue
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1. It is the perfect cure for Post Carnival Depression. Are you having dreams of putting on a costume and meeting the band, do you have Private Ryan’s mix on repeat and does the temperature outside make you feel to cry every time you think of the hot sunny days in Trinidad? Have no fear with Jamaica Carnival 2 months after Trinidad carnival, you can relive the Carnival experience all over again.…
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The Ponce Carnival (Carnaval de Ponce or Carnaval Ponceño, in Spanish) is an annual week-long celebration. There are parades with wildly decorated floats, crazy costumed people, lots of music, loads of spectators, and merriment.
Similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, it is derived from the old world tradition of a final celebration before the beginning of Lent. But over time, it has transformed into a…Continue
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1. This is a two day jump much like Trinidad.
2. However on Monday revellers come out in FULL costume.
3. Monday wear, what is that?
4. The route is LONG. Ready yourself.
5. Trust me you need stamina pon stamina.…
The biggest party of the year, New Year's Eve is a rocking good time in the Caribbean. Take your pick from champagne toasts on the beach and fine dining in elegant hotels to spectacular fireworks that light up the skies at midnight. Put your party hat on and check out the funkiest spots to usher out the old and ring…Continue
Jamaican parents are a breed like no other. They are the beauty and bane of their children’s existence. Their children often can’t live with them, but also can’t live without them, because for all the boofs and koofs they dole out, there are often equal or greater portions of care, concern and good, old-fashioned family love. If you did a survey of Jamaican-raised persons, you would almost certainly find that all of them have heard the phrases listed…Continue
With so many delectable dishes to choose from, it’s hard to say no to an extra helping of your favourite foods this Christmas. An extra pastelle here and a few glasses of ponche de crème there couldn’t possibly do any harm, right? Wrong. Keeping in control and watching your portions is what you’ll have to do if you don’t want to pack on extra pounds during the holidays.
And, if you’re already battling with…
Carnival Monday will never be the same. This according to Jesus Douglas of Caribbean Beauties (CB), a social media behemoth which has rapidly grown to fame in just 2.5 years. Jesus made the statement at the launch of the newest Mas Band to hit the Trinidad & Tobago Carnival scene at the Hyatt Regency on Monday evening. Aptly dubbed Mondayness, the band offers a one-day-only Mondaywear Mas experience – the first…Continue
While carnivalists in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba and other parts of the Caribbean are nursing hangovers, Martinique will be in full swing as they will be beginning the final and most exciting day of their celebrations as the Carnival runs an extra 24 hours.
As if this was not enough about three weeks into Lent, the island comes up with a dawn-to-dusk reprise of Carnival in miniature, an official holiday known as…
Don’t tell Brazil, but Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is the single greatest festival on earth. There, soca subs for samba, beverages are bottomless and showcasing your worst behavior is celebrated (though whatever happens stays safely within the confines of Carnival).
The history of this pre-Lenten…
Carnival! The most wonderful time of year! Friends, family and acquaintances unite, and blissfully fete for days and nights on end, creating a slew of wonderful memories that culminate in the greatest show on earth. We wait all year to enjoy the latest soca hits, throw on our sexiest outfits, link up with our besties, and of course, show off our hard work in the gym Monday and Tuesday. What could possibly go wrong? What could possibly interrupt this…Continue
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You have not lived until you have experienced the spirit of Carnival as it is celebrated in Aruba! Carnival means weeks of events that bring you colorfully decorated floats, contagiously throbbing music, luxuriously costumed groups of celebrants of all ages, King & Queen elections, electrifying jump ups and torch light parades that wind their way through the streets at night, the Jouvert morning: the Children's Parades and finally the Grand…Continue
Whether they are called carnavales, charangas or parrandas, large public celebrations dating at least (in Santiago de Cuba) as far back as the 17th century are common throughout Cuba. However, among Cubans, the Carnaval of Santiago de Cuba enjoys a special status.
The history of Carnival in Cuba has been nuanced by a wide variety of interests and influences. Based on a Herskovitsian retention model, a…
Pumping rhythms, sexy costumes and the people dancing under the warm Caribbean sun; welcome to Saint Lucia Carnival! Almost on the heels of the annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, Saint Lucia’s cultural landscape morphs into a flurry of chrome plated steel drums, feathers, and beads. No matter where you are or who you are, Saint Lucia Carnival is something to behold.
In the months, weeks and hours leading up…Continue
The Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival, formerly known as Air Jamaica Jazz and BluesFestival, will not be held in 2016, the event’s website states that the festival is postponed until 2017.
The Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival will return in time to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary.…Continue
This popular full moon party venue is at the opposite end of Tortola from Bomba Shack. It is right next to the Beef Island Airport, the only airport serving Tortola so there are abundant water taxis and boat travel making the party convenient for visitors. The Trellis Bay Fire Ball Full Moon Party, organized by Aragorn Studios, happens on the beach punctuated by infernos encased in sculptures called Fire Balls (play video to see them in action)…Continue
In this video of the 2014 Carnival Adult's Parade we offer a look into the festive event that took place in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. This year's carnival theme, “A Centennial Commemoration for our 65th Carnival Celebration" will be in
April 2017, a spectacular display of Caribbean culture for all to…Continue