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The First Monday-only Trinidad Mas Band

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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…

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Added by Icom on December 17, 2016 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Martinique Carnival and its Sexual Freedom [VIDEO]

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…

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Added by Icom on December 14, 2016 at 6:50pm — 1 Comment

5 Reasons why Trinidad is the best Carnival on Earth

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…

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Added by Icom on December 12, 2016 at 3:24am — 1 Comment

A Guide how to deal with your Ex on Carnival

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…

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Added by Icom on December 6, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Have you ever seen the Aruba Carnival? [VIDEO]

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…

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Added by Icom on December 6, 2016 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Let's show Cuba some Carnival Love [VIDEO]

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…

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Added by Icom on December 2, 2016 at 1:50am — 1 Comment

Heating you up for St. Lucia Carnival [VIDEO]

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…

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Added by Icom on November 29, 2016 at 1:21am — 1 Comment

Is the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival returning in 2017

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.…

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Added by Icom on November 25, 2016 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

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 — 2 Comments

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 — 2 Comments

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 — 2 Comments

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