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Featured Blog Posts – May 2016 Archive (27)

Curaçao Carnival (VIDEO)

Curacao Carnival is one of the largest such events in the Caribbean. It certainly is the one that lasts the longest, lasting through the entire month of January and most of the month of February. Preparations and Curacao Carnival parties begin even earlier than that, as various krewes (teams responsible for parade floats) begin decorating their parade floats and the bands sponsored by the krewes hold competitions to see who gets the privilege of…

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Added by Icom on May 31, 2016 at 11:47am — No Comments

Aruba Carnival (VIDEO)

Get into the spirit of Aruba’s biggest party of the year - a month-long celebration with festive street parties known as “jump-ups” and spectacular parades. Lovelies of all ages strut their stuff at Carnival Queen elections, competing for the coveted crown. Aruba Carnivals events are remembered for their powerful music. Winning songs selected at carnival competitions in Aruba include the best calypso with…

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Added by Icom on May 31, 2016 at 11:40am — No Comments

Santiago de Cuba Carnival (VIDEO)

When the carnival begins in Santiago de Cuba, the whole city turns into one big party!

The carnival of Santiago de Cuba is the largest, most famous, and most traditional carnival in all of Cuba, and is an explosion of colour, contagious drum rhythms, and dance. It is also a time for Cubans to re-gather themselves and remember their history, community, and culture, and is often punctuated by the Cuban national…

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Added by Icom on May 31, 2016 at 11:29am — No Comments

Nadia Batson... The 'REAL' Album Review...

Trinidadian soca artist Nadia Batson is celebrating her tenth year in the industry with the release of a new album. Real is an eleven track collection, on which Batson said she wanted to showcase her ‘fun side’. The title also speaks to her work ethos. “Real not only represents the relationship between me and my fans, it also represents my approach to my craft,” she said. “The honesty and vulnerability that are evident in my music…

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Added by REDD on May 30, 2016 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

Eastern Parkway Parade, NY (VIDEO)

The end of summer means catching all the color and excitement as millions of New Yorkers line up along Eastern Parkway for the Brooklyn Labor Day parade on Monday, September 5, 2016.

This year, the West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival celebrates its 46th anniversary as it continues to enjoy the distinction of being New York City's biggest cultural festivals by far.…

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Added by Icom on May 27, 2016 at 12:39pm — No Comments

The Evolution of Calypso music

THE RISE OF CALYPSO

Calypso has earned its place in history as the national…

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Added by Darrie-L on May 25, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Bloco Da Lama in Paraty, Brazil (Mud Block Festival)

In Paraty, the “fluminense” city that has the face of Brazil´s 500 years, a block formed by almost prehistoric beings gets out on the stone streets bringing joy and repelling carnival´s bad fluids.

On a carnival´s Saturday, 15 years ago, some friends played with mud in in the mangrove of “Praia do Jabaquara” (“Jabaquara´s Beach”) when they realized that they were unrecognizable. They went out in the city´s…

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Added by Icom on May 24, 2016 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Calabar Carnival, Nigeria (VIDEO)

Calabar Carnival  in Nigeria, furthermore tagged " Africa's Biggest Street Party", was created as part of the dream of making the Cross River State  in Nigeria, the number one tourist place visited for Nigerians and tourist all over the world. The carnival which start on every 1 December and last till 31 December has boosted the heritage mosaic of Nigeria persons while amusing the millions of…

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Added by Icom on May 23, 2016 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Top 5 Latin American Carnivals (Outside of Brazil)

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Despite its origin in the days preceding the Catholic celebration of Lent, particularly followed in Italy and other areas of Western Europe, nowadays mention the word carnival to somebody and chances are the first image that will pop in that person’s mind won’t be a Catholic priest from two centuries ago. In fact, without going into lewd…

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Added by omar on May 22, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A SHORT HISTORY OF CARNIVAL WITH A TOUCH OF AFRICA

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It is a common assumption that carnival traditions were brought to colonies in the New World by Europeans. It is partly true of course, but the inspiration flowed even stronger from another part of the world. When looking at today’s street carnivals it is quite clear that ancient African traditions have had a very strong influence. The history of the carnival can be viewed from different angles, but one thing is sure: it is a result of a…

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Added by omar on May 22, 2016 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Mazatlan Carnival, Mexico (VIDEO)

The largest Carnival in Mexico, Mazatlán’s celebration combines elements of a fiesta (mariachi bands, stalls of street food) with Christian imagery and indigenous tradition. Revelers in the streets break confetti-filled hollow eggs (cascarones) on each other, a nod to wilder times more than a century ago when dockworkers exchanged projectiles filled with flour and even stones.

Carnival was officially…

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Added by Icom on May 20, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

BERMUDA HEROES WEEKEND

The Bermuda Heroes Weekend is a series of events organized by the BHW Ltd. who are dedicated to providing unique cultural experiences and quality entertainment.  The BHW Ltd team are not only avid carnival-goers but, collectively, have over 15 years of producing successful events and have gained the respect of some of the top…

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Added by Darrie-L on May 19, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

PATRICE ROBERTS SHARES PREGNANCY NEWS

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Trini soca act Patrice Roberts recently shared some great news with fans online. The 31-year old is pregnant with her first child!!!

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In a mother’s day post she showed her baby bump from two different angles, and shared some sweet words to her child in an accompanying pic:…

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Added by omar on May 19, 2016 at 2:30am — No Comments

Luzon's Carnival in Spain {VIDEO+PICS}

The “Diablos” cover themselves in a mixture of soot and oil and adorn their heads with black stained bull horns as they parade throughout the village with cowbells clanging around their waist to expel the evil spirits. To make their appearance even more fearsome the devils often carry fake teeth made out of raw potatoes. They dance around Luzon and smear their black grease on revellers faces. The only people free from the attack of the “Diablos”…

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Added by Icom on May 18, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Seychelles Carnival 2016 {VIDEO}

That was the verdict on the sixth Carnaval International de Victoria, which filled Seychelles’ tiny capital with masquerade and music from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 April. Around 45,000 locals – half the country’s population and a record number of visitors poured into the city to soak up the atmosphere. The excitement had been building for weeks beforehand as radio stations played carnival music, buildings were enveloped in swags of colourful fabric…

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Added by Icom on May 16, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Asakusa Samba Carnival, Tokyo, Japan {PICS}

The Asakusa Samba Carnival is one of Tokyo's more lively and popular summer festivals. It attracts 500,000 visitors each year.

The festival has been held at the end of August since 1981. The one exception was 2011 when the festival was canceled due to the impact of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake.

Samba is a surprisingly common hobby in Tokyo. Brazil is home to the largest…

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Added by omar on May 15, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

MUD carnival in SW China

Tourists and local Va ethnic people are seen covering with mud during the "Monihei" carnival held in the Va Ethnic Autonomous Prefecture of Cangyuan, southwest China's Yunnan Province, May 2, 2011. During the four-day carnival, people mud each other with clay-like material to express their wishes for health and happiness. (Xinhua/Qin Qing)

A carnival called "Monihei" is held in the Va Ethnic Autonomous…

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Added by omar on May 15, 2016 at 2:31am — No Comments

Bizarre Carnival Celebrations You Haven’t Heard Of

It’s that time of year again, when thousands of dancers prepare to don feathers, beads, and sequins and parade down the streets to mark Carnival. And while big Carnival (or Mardi Gras, as it’s also known) celebrations such as the one in Rio de Janiero get plenty of press, there are lots of other festivals that are just as colorful and creative … and perhaps a little weird.

Wanna see men dressed up as…

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Added by omar on May 15, 2016 at 2:00am — No Comments

KARNEVAL DER KULTUREN

Berlin Carnival Begins!!!! 

Exactly what is Karneval der Kulturen?…

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Added by Darrie-L on May 13, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Soca in Germany

How it all began

The Soca Twins arrival on the scene is tightly connected to the general development of Soca music in Germany. The main man in the Soca Twins, Berlin-born FRANKY FIRE first heard of Soca in 1999 when his friend DJ Lou Weed gave him a mixtape. When the veteran DJ Barney Millah then played the first Soca tunes on radio in the year 2000 Franky…

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Added by Icom on May 13, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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