Although Miami/Broward Carnival is two months away, there many options to “dingolay” away. For the next month, carnival will be celebrated in five different countries including right next door in Canada.
Barbados’ Crop Over festival started in May with several band launches while June brought calypso tent events and Crop Over in the City. The event was presented by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band and The National Cultural Foundation and featured performances from the best soca artists on the island including Damien “Hypasounds” Etienne and Mistah Dale.
The festival will heat up this month with the junior and adult calypso competitions and soca monarch competition, Soca Royale. Children on the island will also get their chance to play mas on Junior Kadooment Day, also known by locals as “Kiddie Kadooment.” The Grand Kadooment for adults, the final event for the season, will be on August 7.
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St. Lucia’s carnival starts in June with calypso-tent and cultural events. This month the island will host its calypso competition finals, junior carnival and carnival queen competition.
On July 18, Lucians will celebrate a full day of “jump up”, starting with an early morning j’ouvert celebration and the first day of the parade of the bands which goes on for two more days after. The island knows how to keep a party going.
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During the last week of June, St. Vincent had it’s semifinal competitions for soca and calypso. The festival went into full effect this month with Junior Carnival and Junior Pan Fest on the July 1 and 2. The children on the island will continue to have their fun at the junior soca and calypso competition on July 4.
The adults’ soca monarch competition will be a two-day event starting on July 8 and featuring artists such as Keith ” Finnesse” Charles and Travis ” Wizkid”Lynch. Vincy’s mas and finale will be on July 11.
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Antigua’s 60th annual carnival will kick off on July 27 with an old school competition, Iron Band Competion: Old Time Competition, and an opening parade and concert on July 28. The Caribbean beauty pageant, Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show, will take place on July 30 in Carnival City. This year’s competition will feature contestants from Anguilla, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua.
The finale of the festival will be the j’ouvert celebration and the parade of the bands on August 6 and 7.
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Caribana, Toronto’s carnival, officially launches on July 18 with a welcoming ceremony and costume exhibition. Now in its 50th year, the festival features over 40 day and night fetes catering to soca, reggae and chutney addicts.
The festival also includes a king and queen parade, a junior carnival and a final parade of the bands on August 5.
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By Nyamekye Daniel