Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival 2017

Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival: The Spirit Awakens on Friday, August 11 through Sunday,August 13, 2017.

Carnival is unequivocally the universal event that brings together everything that is remotely connected to the Caribbean. From authentic food, music and dance you name it, it’s there in its entirety. Since its inception back in 2005 headed by Chairman Theo Jack, Jr., Jacksonville Carnival has seen thousands of carnival revelers year after year with a conquering army parading through down A. Phillip Randolph Boulevard, boldly representing who they are and where they are from. Roll call!


“We Jammin Still!”


This year’s staging of Jacksonville Carnival will take place at a new venue, the Metropolitan Park 2, over the course of 3 energy filled days. The park will be transformed into Carnival central and let me be the one to break this to you; yuh nuh want miss dis! Jacksonville is kind of the underdog of the many carnivals staged here in America and we are aiming to be bigger and better this year. Many may not know but Jacksonville has a Caribbean population of 13000, according to the Census and we need everyone to come out in their numbers and support.


Fete Life: “Worst Behavior!”


There will be a series of 5 invigorating events: Como Fete, MEGA GLO, J’ouvert, Last lap and Brunch Fete. Be on the look out for the infamous J’ouvert which involves paint, powder and oil drenched all over your body; come on who can say no to this event. It is a favorite of many and some sees it as a ritual that must be done in order to be carnival ready.

“It’s Carnival! Everybody take a jump…take jump…take a jump up now!”


Another favorite you don’t want to miss is Carnival Saturday which consists of the road march. It is jammed packed with high tempo music, a huge parade and beautiful costumes, some of them ranging 50ft tall. The parade comes to an end in front of the judges, at festival at the park. The festival includes, food, crafts, music, with live entertainers, both and international.


Carnival Tabanca!


First Coast locals, Soca Junkies, carnival revelers and visitors alike, we need yall to come out and lose yourselves in the rhythmic sections, high energy music, authentic Caribbean street food for an experience of a lifetime.
And remember, the science of the wine is all in the spine! So First Coast get ready because the Jacksonville Carnival take-over is in full effect.

For more information, please visit our website
http://www.jacksonvillecarnival.com
Xo


History on Caribbean Celebrations

​Hey lovelies hope everyone is having a great week so far😊.

So I’m back with another carnival post….Yes I love carnival and its still carnival season😁. Carnival in some people’s eyes is all just about wearing the prettiest outfit and bomb ass makeup.

 Carnival in the West Indies in recent times is dying mainly because of its commercialization. I see rappers coming to carnival to shoot their video in the midst of it all like wtf 😒…..using carnival as a prop… They have no clue what carnival is about. All they see is women in feathers. 

Another major breakdown of Carnival culture is that everything is so sexualized. Thousands of years ago woman and men walked the Earth naked and it was who they were and it was understood. Today if people as much as see a cheek showing that woman is going to be belittled. 

Carnival in the Caribbean and our African ancestors/traditional practices.

1. For those who don’t know, carnival is indeed of african roots. Our ancestors created carnival through a major celebration that they would practice after harvesting. Some of these Africans that were kidnapped and brought to the Caribbean did the same celebration after sugar cane harvesting was over.

2. Dress

 Here’s why the feathers are so important. They have been used by our ancestors and African culture for thousands of years. They represent our ability to travel to another realm, overcome illnesses, bad situation, to be reborn, rise above trial and tribulations. It also represents spiritual growth. 

    

3. Characters

The various characters such as stilts figures and Jankunu are exactly that of our ancestors and is still to this day being practiced. I personally love the Jonkunu. I always look foward to it. However in recent times it is so commercialized to the point where its now a photo op instead of I’m enlightened and appreciative by the meaning of this.

4. Dance

 Our dance and style of parading is of our ancestors themselves. If you notice, we march and parade about in circles. That’s most of what we do. This is in fact a very ancient tradition where our ancestors would parade in circles with their costumes, masks and headdresses on throughout their villages to bring forth positive energy, good fortune and heal problems. The music is also a big part of carnival and African traditional musical instuments are key in producing amazing carnival music.

Im doing this because another major carnival celebration is just around the corner, Crop Over. For those who don’t know Crop Over is celebrated in Barbados and is held in the month of July. It is important that we understand what this celebration is all about. 

Of course you know I had to show my fav in her Crop Over costumes for the past couple years.

Crop Over 2015

Crop Over 2013

Crop Over 2011

Before you go feel free to share your thoughts below☺.

Xo

Pic credit: google

 

 

Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival 2017 Recap

This years staging of Bacchanal Jamaica indeed had carnival revelers ‘spellbound’. 

Mi a di b-a-d-d-e-s-t Tifa ❤

The notorious steel pan. It wouldn’t be carnival without them.

Mi Gal Chana

Awww carnival and love a beautiful combo ❤

Kes the band

Beenie Man and Bunji Garlin shelling dung the place

Quite Perry

The Curvy Diva

 

Queen of Bacchanal: Alison Hinds

See also Carnival is woman 

Xo
Photo credit: skkann Media, Nirvana