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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 Icom 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 Icom on February 10, 2017 at 8:52pm — No Comments

What's the difference between Trinidad and Jamaica Carnival?

Today we will be discussing a few differences between Trinidad and Jamaica carnival because ours is not exactly the same as theirs. The differences, though relatively minor, are important to know.

Theme?  What theme? 

From its inception, carnival in Jamaica has cherry picked the things important to us here locally and left the others. Mas is not in our…

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Added by Icom on February 9, 2017 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Let's get this Carnival Body Ladies, there is still time! [VIDEO]

This sensible-yet-butt-kicking plan will get you in the habit of working out—and you'll love the results so much that at the end of the three weeks, you won't wanna stop



Welcome to February—the month where weight loss and fitness resolutions go to die. (No, seriously—Februray 7 is actually known as the "fitness…

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Added by Icom on February 8, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Rio Carnival - Everything you need to know

The annual Rio de Janeiro Carnival is by far the biggest carnival celebration around the world. Huge numbers of travellers descend on the city each year to enjoy four days of partying. Here, we’ve put together a list of 10 FAQ to help you understand Rio Carnival.

1. When is the Rio de Janeiro Carnival?

This year the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is taking place from February 24th to February 28th.

2. What is the Rio…

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Added by Icom on February 3, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Happy Chinese New Year [VIDEO]

The biggest holiday, with dragons, fireworks, symbolic clothing, flowers, lanterns, and celebration is China's most important and significant day of the year. Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese…

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Added by Icom on January 28, 2017 at 11:36am — No Comments

UBERSOCA Cruise [VIDEO]

I'm sure you've heard about the annual "Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise"? Where Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley (yes, Bob Marley's son) takes you on a journey to Jamaica (from South Florida) with him and some of the world's top tier Reggae artists & djs on board a cruise ship. We're talking multiple live concerts and numerous…

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Added by Icom on January 24, 2017 at 1:24pm — No Comments

Know your Fetes

The ultimate fete fashion guide. Be fabulous always!

All-inclusive:

Plan on dressing up more than you would to go to any other fete for the season as in Trinidad these fetes are usually a runway show with some patrons dressed to thrill. With premium drinks and a variety of food options included in the ticket price, all-inclusive fetes are where you go to mingle with the local…

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Added by Icom on January 22, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Top 10 Tips for Mas Newbies

  • The most important tip I can give to you is to plan ahead. From your flight, hotel, band/costume, fete tickets and local transport… you MUST plan well in advance to not only get discounted prices (flight, hotel etc) but to ensure that you secure tickets for fetes, costumes etc. Start as early as June/July of the previous year. So if you plan on going in 2018, start June…
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Added by Icom on January 18, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Festival of Mermaids and Mermen [VIDEO]

NC Merfest is run by NC Merfolk - a fun loving group of mermaids and mermen located in the heart of North Carolina. They swim together as a group three times a week at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina. They also perform at birthday parties, meet & greets, photo-shoots, luau's and wherever our tails take us. They love to share friendship with other mer!…

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Added by Icom on January 16, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Baby Jumping Festival in Spain [VIDEO]

You would be forgiven for being curious about the title of this festival because even though Spain boasts some of the most unusual and bizarre festivals compared to the rest of the world, throwing tomatoes over each other as they do in Valencia or being chased down the street by a herd of bulls in…

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Added by Icom on January 16, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Everybody fights Everybody on Christmas Morning in Peru [VIDEO]

The town of Santo Tomas is 12,000 feet above sea level, nestled cozily in the vertiginous Peruvian Andes.
Hill dwellers and mountain folk alike have had a reputation for hardiness and endurance ever since ancient Greek geographer…
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Added by Icom on January 12, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Int. African Arts Festival 2017 (Brooklyn, NY)

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…

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Added by Icom on January 10, 2017 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Quebec Winter Carnival [VIDEO]

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…

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Added by Icom on January 9, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

No more St. Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival [VIDEO]

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…

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Added by Icom on January 6, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments

5 Reasons to go to Jamaica Carnival in 2017

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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Added by Icom on January 6, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Ponce Carnival in Puerto Rico [VIDEO]

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…

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Added by Icom on January 2, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

15 Quick Facts about St. Lucia Carnival

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.…

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Added by Icom on December 28, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Some Ideas for New Year's Eve in the Caribbean

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…

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Added by Icom on December 24, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

10 Things Your Jamaican Parents Have Done/Said To Discipline You

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…

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Added by Icom on December 22, 2016 at 10:36pm — 1 Comment

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