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Miami Carnival Unveils Line-up for 2018 Carnival Season in Miami

MIAMI – The annual Caribbean Carnival season culminates with one of the largest cultural spectacles in North America, Miami Carnival, on Sunday, October 7th from 11am-11pm at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds (10901 SW 24th St, Miami, FL 33165).

Miami Carnival, celebrating 34 years, continues to be a feather in the cultural diversity cap of Miami and the South Florida…


Added by Icom on September 14, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Have your say on the next Notting Hill Carnival

It’s not often you get asked to choose who should receive £100,000 a year, but Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC) is calling on people to join a panel to vet applications from groups wanting to run Notting Hill Carnival for the next three years.

This year, RBKC awarded the grant to Notting Hill Carnival Limited (NHCL), an offshoot of Carnival Village Trust (CVT), which runs The Tabernacle arts and…


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Global King Of Carnival DJ Private Ryan's Best Advice On Visiting Miami Carnival Or Your First Fete

If you’ve been to a fete, listened to soca music, or visited any Caribbean island in general, then you’ve probably heard of DJ Private Ryan. Born in Trinidad, Ryan Alexander aka DJ Private Ryan provides the soundtrack for just about every Caribbean Carnival across the globe. Trinidad Carnival? He’s there. Grenada Spice Mas? He’s there too. Bermuda Heroes Weekend? Yup, no question. His international success is undeniable, and his global imprint just…


Added by Icom on September 10, 2018 at 8:58pm — No Comments

Millions celebrate NYC West Indian Day Parade 2018

Millions of spectators and attendees celebrated at the West Indian Day Parade and J'ouvert Festival on Labor Day, September 3, in Brooklyn.

 The annual event, that celebrates Caribbean culture and the emancipation of slaves, took place in the streets of Crown Heights earlier than prior years.

Many attended, taking in the sights and exciting atmosphere of…


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First Haitian Mas group to march annual West Indian American Parade

The West Indian American Day Parade will welcome a new participant this year. Banboche Mas, will be the first Haitian Mas Camp, short for Masquerade Camp, to march down Eastern Parkway.

"I was shocked to hear that we didn't have one; 'cause Haiti is always represented in these parades. But I never really took notice that its own section didn't exist because throughout the parade the whole parade is reppin'…


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Tight security as crowds gather in Brooklyn for J'ouvert, West Indian Day parade

The J'ouvert Festival and West Indian American Day Parade was held amid beefed up security Monday, but participants still reveled in a great Labor Day.

It was a celebration of Caribbean culture and freedom of speech surrounded by a visible NYPD presence. Thousands danced their way down Flatbush Avenue for J'ouvert in the early morning parade commemorating the emancipation of Caribbean slaves, followed by…


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Wave of Caribbean pride on display at West Indian Day Parade

Revelers displaying their Caribbean pride took to the streets of Brooklyn on Monday, flags waving, music blaring and feet dancing, for New York City's annual take on Carnival celebrations.

At the main West Indian American Day Parade and the early morning street party known as J'Ouvert that preceded it, they were joined by a significant police presence intended to prevent any violence from marring the events…


Added by Icom on September 4, 2018 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Data shows decline of Carnival visitors

This year’s Car­ni­val vis­i­tors spent a to­tal of $318 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Camille Robin­son-Reg­is, Min­is­ter of Plan­ning of De­vel­op­ment.

How­ev­er, there was a de­cline in vis­i­tor ar­rivals from 2017 to 2018.

“The to­tal vis­i­tor ar­rivals to Trinidad and To­ba­go were 33,873 per­sons, with…


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X Factor Gets Soca and They Can’t Get Enough. Bring It Home Ola!

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates one of its own today. Olatunji Yearwood has added more value to the island of Soca, steel pan and Carnival than even he probably understands, and it all happened on Saturday in the UK when the former Groovy Soca Monarch King mounted the X Factor stage.

Dressed impeccably in a custom tailored Ecliff Elie suit, the 32-year-old super star in the making confidently expressed his…


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Calypso Monarch Finals: De Admiral sails to victory

London Calypso Tent stalwart De Admiral (Jeffrey Hinds) has finally seen his boat come in – on his 26th year of performing in the ABC/ACUK competition. To loud cheers from a capacity crowd at The Tabernacle on Thursday, the Reading-born calypsonian was proclaimed UK Calypso Monarch 2018 for his topical song The Windrush Generation. He was clearly overjoyed to have achieved that long-cherished ambition.…


Added by Icom on August 26, 2018 at 12:54am — No Comments

Soca 101: What you need to know about Carnival’s most essential music genre

Which soca artists do you need to check out before Carnival? And how do you dance to it?…


Added by Icom on August 25, 2018 at 2:45pm — No Comments

WIADCA presents New York Caribbean Carnival Week 2018

Thursday, Aug. 30

Reggae | Afrobeats | Soca Unda Di Stars! - Showtime: 7 pm – 1 am

This outdoor jam session is complete with Afro-Caribbean Roots, Rhythm and Reggae! Full of vibes with a unique line-up Charly Black (Jamaica), Nailah Blackman (Trinidad), Ayo Jay (Nigeria), Linky First (Jamaica), Brooklyn’s own DyDy and more. Music by Kevin Crown…


Added by Icom on August 25, 2018 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Notting Hill Carnival: Nine tips on how to enjoy the annual Bank Holiday celebration

Notting Hill Carnival isn’t for everyone. Given that the annual event draws around two million revellers each year, its sheer scale can be enough to put people off entirely.  

There are the usual complaints about crime (last year saw 300 arrests and 28 police officers injured over the weekend), traditionalists bemoaning its failure to remain “what it used to be”, and attempts by carnival detractors to cull…


Added by Icom on August 21, 2018 at 11:00pm — No Comments


Carnival is one of the highlights of London’s summer calendar, but huge crowds mean it’s not for everyone, so The Resident has scoped out London’s best alternative Carnival parties…

1. UK National Panorama Steelband Competition, Notting Hill

Saturday 25 August…


Added by Icom on August 21, 2018 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Three-day sexy Carnival event planned for Tobago

The Tobago Loves Soca’ event will be staged by Randy Glasgow Promotion and planning is already in high gear.

The team assures that this will deliver a sexy affair that’ll be second to none on the island. 

A release from RGP says a cast of top rated Soca stars have already been secured for the three-day fete, and with plans afoot to include costumed models at the…


Added by Icom on August 19, 2018 at 12:06am — No Comments

Caribbean Carnival letdown

Caribbean-Canadians wait all year for the festival we know as Caribana, now officially called Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival. It's not uncommon for us to put money away for Mas costumes and celebrations, to make arrangements for family coming to carnival from abroad, and to keep an eye out months in advance for tickets to events. One of these events is Carnival Kingdom.

On Saturday (August 4) we expected…


Added by Icom on August 18, 2018 at 11:50pm — No Comments

Grenada Soca Monarch 2018 results

The finals of the 2018 Grenada soca monarch competition took place last night Friday 10 August but ended in the early hours of this morning where it was announced that Dash had won the Groovy title and Wuss Wayz were the new Power Soca Monarchs.

Here are the results:

Groovy Category

1st. Dash (262…


Added by Icom on August 16, 2018 at 12:34pm — No Comments

The magic behind Boston’s Caribbean Carnival costumes

With scarcely a month before Caribbean Carnival, members of the Soca & Associates masquerade band are busily attending to the construction of their costumes. Master costume builder Ronald “Barney” Blaize is working on the largest — a 30-foot high by 20-foot wide costume for the Soca & Associates queen.…


Added by Icom on August 16, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Swiss Soca Festival 2018

The Swiss Soca Festival, a brand new addition to the Carnival family in 2017, is building on last year’s success with bigger venues for 2018. Over the weekend of 7-9 September, the activities are evenly split between the cities of Zurich (on Friday) and Lucerne (on Saturday). An exciting schedule includes a boat ride, one outdoor and two indoor fetes with live shows, a silent party and a BBQ lime.…


Added by Icom on August 15, 2018 at 1:00am — No Comments

Trinidad Carnival marketing campaign comes to Notting Hill

The fightback has begun! Trinidad Carnival, for so long the dominant force in the Caribbean festival calendar, has realised that it can no longer take its supporters for granted. The National Carnival Commission (NCC) has launched a roadshow to tell fans that T&T’s version is the” most original, vibrant and diverse carnival”.

The Culture Ministry launched the five-year marketing campaign in…


Added by Icom on August 15, 2018 at 12:55am — No Comments

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