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Full Moon Party on the British Virgin Islands [VIDEO]

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)…

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Added by Icom on November 24, 2016 at 12:17pm — 1 Comment

St. Thomas Carnival [VIDEO]

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…

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Added by Icom on November 24, 2016 at 12:10pm — 1 Comment

7 Things to know before you go to Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad likes its Carnival wild and wotless, its revelers unabashed and its partying nonstop. Carnival, or more accurately pronounced, cahneeval, translated loosely means a farewell to flesh, or meat. It marks the last chance to celebrate with abandon before a period of restraint for the 40 days of Lent. …

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Added by Icom on November 21, 2016 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

27 Tips on how to prepare for a Carnival (A must read for Guys)

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1)Exercise and DIET is fundamental. You don’t have to workout to be the fella with the best abs on the road, just enough to get your fitness level up to help build your stamina for the two days of ‘palancing’.

2)If you weren’t satisfied with your physical appearance on the road the previous year, don’t wait one month before carnival and wish for a magical body transformation.…

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Added by Icom on November 21, 2016 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

31 Tips on how to prepare for a Carnival (A must read for the ladies)

  • First and most important never wear your full costume on Monday unless you are a two band/section H.O. Tuesday is the day to look fresh and glam.! Most people who do this look washed up on Tuesday. For some reason Tuesday is the time to show off your costume.
  • If you plan on wear mas stockings to prevent your toes from suffering, cut off the toe…
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Added by Icom on November 15, 2016 at 10:07pm — No Comments

Ever experienced the Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival?

Although the roots of the Junkanoo parade remain subject to long and passionate debates, what is agreed is that, after centuries of practice, today's cultural extravaganzas have become the most entertaining street carnivals of not only The Bahamas, but also the world at large.

With the…

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Added by Icom on November 14, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Diwali in Trinidad & Tobago [VIDEO]

Considered as the land of the Humming Bird, Trinidad and Tobago has a good number of Indian populations. For that reason, Hindu festivals, customs, traditions and observances forms an integral part of the society, which comprises the unique beauty of the twin island state. The Diwali celebration has a unique flavor here in the Caribbean island nation. Here 43 per cent of the 1.3 million populations are ethnic Indians.…

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Added by Icom on November 9, 2016 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

Top 10 Reasons why we love Trinidad Carnival

1. Soca Does Give Me Powers

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Ever sit down in your car or at work in office and hear a certain song from your favorite soca artiste that makes you feel to be instantly jamming in a fete? Not to mention people under the influence of soca music have been known to indulge superhuman acts of scaling walls, wining upside down on a pole and even being able to heft…

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Added by Icom on November 7, 2016 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Rayzor on his blessing

The stars are aligning and the magic’s about to happen. Ever wondered why entertainers commit their lives to making other people happy? “It’s just that. We were placed here to do that- to make everyone happy.That’s just why God blessed us with the talent that we have,”says Allister McQuilkin. He goes by the stage name, ‘Rayzor’ and he’s more than meets the eye. In fact, he’s big news on the Soca circuit in the US, and he’s about to create quite a…

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Added by Icom on November 3, 2016 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

Lopburi Monkey Banquet [VIDEO]

In central Thailand’s provincial capital of Lopburi, about 150 kilometers north of Bangkok, the last Sunday in November is reserved for the Lopburi Monkey Banquet. The world’s wildest dinner party is held in honor of these long-tailed macaques, who have become integrated into local society despite their pick-pocketing tendencies and mercurial attitudes.

To understand the significance of this banquet, one…

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Added by Icom on November 2, 2016 at 12:07am — 1 Comment

International Festival of the Sahara

For over a century, the International Festival of the Sahara has proven that it is possible to throw a party in one the harshest of environments on earth. The festival is the largest and most well-known in the country of Tunisia, and attracts visitors from across Northern Africa and around the world.

The festival is situated in the middle of the rolling sand dunes, in…

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Added by Icom on October 31, 2016 at 6:32pm — 1 Comment

Pirates Week 2016, Cayman Islands [VIDEO]

Perhaps no other Caribbean nation celebrates its pirate legends and cultural heritage quite like the Cayman Islands, which erupts into a festival of spectacle and pageantry during our annual Pirates Week in November.

Events include mock "invasions" of pirates, along with Heritage Days in each district. Spectators will also enjoy…

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Added by Icom on October 28, 2016 at 7:46pm — 1 Comment

Lewes Bonfire in England on November 5th [VIDEO]

Remember, remember,

The Fifth of November,

Gunpowder treason and plot;

For I see no reason

Why Gunpowder Treason

Should ever be forgot.

Every year on November 5th, Brits light bonfires and set off fireworks to remember their good luck in stumbling upon Guy Fawkes just before he attempted to blow up Parliament in 1605. Fawkes and his 12 co-conspirators plotted to…

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Added by Icom on October 27, 2016 at 9:48pm — 1 Comment

Wait?! That's not a Halloween Party? {VIDEO} It's Day OF The Dead

Come the beginning of November, Mexican families throw a feast and invite the dead over for dinner. Though Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is often confused with Halloween due to the proximity in time, this holiday is not about ghouls and goblins, but instead honors the dead and welcomes their souls home as a blessing.

Altars and offerings are a way…

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Added by Icom on October 26, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Cannabis Cup in Jamaica (November 2016)

Roots of the Festival

The festival was founded in 1987 by Steven Hager, an American writer, activist, and strong proponent for the legalization of marijuana. He first conceived the event as a harvest celebration to promote the personal cultivation and use of cannabis. With such liberal drug laws in Amsterdam it came as no surprise when the city was announced as the host…

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Added by Icom on October 26, 2016 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

New Traffic Barriers Ripped Out For West Indian Day Parade

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In what amounts to a $40,000 boondoggle, the city Department of Transportation has been forced to rip out new Eastern Parkway traffic islands in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to make way for the West Indian Day Parade.

CBS2 Political Reporter…

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Added by Icom on September 7, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments

Why is Notting Hill carnival’s success always measured by its crime levels? by Maurice Mcleod

I’ve been to Notting Hill carnival for 43 of my 47 years. My mother would take me as a child and at 14, I broke free and went without her. What started as a hunt for thrills and girls with my mates turned into a homage to my Caribbean culture and an act of defiance against those who always wanted the sound systems turned off.…

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Added by Icom on September 2, 2016 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Who Invented Soca?

Carnival season on the Caribbean island of Trinidad boils down to one thing: fresh soca music. Consider it Red Bull for your ears, or music with a purpose.

"The intention of the energy of soca music is to really uplift people; really make them smile; keep them happy; make them celebrate even in the toughest times," says Machel Montano, soca's biggest star. "The economy is down…

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Added by Icom on September 1, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Miami Carnival footage 2016

Miami Carnival Countdown (Oct 8-10)

Come to Miami over Columbus Day weekend to dress up in masquerade for the Miami Broward One Carnival, a bi-county event that attracts over 50,000 participants each year. The main event is held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds, although…

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Added by Icom on August 31, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Trinidad & Tobago celebrates 54 years of Independence

The island of Trinidad was a Spanish colony from 1498 when Christopher Columbus arrived until 18th February 1797 when the British landed ashore with a fleet of 18 warships which led to the capitulation of the then Governor Don José Maria Chacón.

By that time Trinidad was a country with a population of 17, 718 of which 1,082 were Amerindians, 2,151 were of European ancestry, 4,476 were “free blacks and people…

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Added by Icom on August 31, 2016 at 10:05am — No Comments

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