For 34 years Miami Carnival has been the main autumn event for socaholics. However, the increasing popularity of cruises and international events seemed to be attracting the interest and wallets of West Indians stateside. However, if the turnout at this year’s events is any indication, Miami Carnival is not going anywhere.
That being said, there are some improvements that promoters and organizers can make to ensure that this is indeed a can’t-miss event.
The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (say that three times fast) is responsible for producing events throughout the summer that showcase our culture, culminating in the annual Labor Day parade in Brooklyn. However, this year, it was glaringly obvious that many Brooklynites have chosen to avoid the celebration and are, in fact, questioning whether or not WIADCA needs to be dismantled.
Since the Association refuses to engage with anyone, let me anticipate their objections.
In May 2018, Guyana had it's first Carnival. Well, that's not exactly true. Many years ago, a small group called the Jaycees held a 4-day fair in Linden, Guyana, but it soon ceased. Therefore, this is in fact the first Carnival in over 40 years.
This Carnival, however, would be unrecognizable to the originators as it is akin to Trinidad's annual pre-Ash Wednesday celebration. Costumes, mas bands, music, and festivities are elements that were brought over by Trinidad's top promoters (I see you Caesar's Army) and designers. Although the elements may be Trini-influenced, the vibes were distinctly Guyanese.
"Black Panther" and the Idea of Home to Caribbeans Abroad
So, here’s my review of the actual film: IT’S DOPE!
Not only do we get a movie replete with beautiful Black folks, we get to see Caribbean actors in starring roles. But beyond the cast, this film is a must-see for my fellow Caribbeans, especially those living abroad.
The International Soca Monarch finals took place on February 9th at the Hasley Crawford Stadium in Trinidad. As predicted, Aaron "Voice" St. Louis is the Soca Monarch winner for three years in a row Okay, so we were not surprised by that. However, what was surprising was the order of the other winners.
The time is here, folks! The Road March race is on. For those who are not familiar with the term, Road March is the song that is played most when masqueraders cross the stage in front of the judges. True masqueraders live for this moment. Playing mas in a beautiful costume, chipping through the streets, drinking, bouncing up old friends and making new ones. All of this builds up to the moment when they approach the judging point and they are encouraged to "get on" and show off. So whose song will inveigle this response?
2017 was better to me than it was to Cardi B! I went to amazing parties, traveled to new Carnivals, and collaborated with other bloggers who love soca as much as I do. All in all, not a bad year. I decided to compile a list of the five events that made my 2017 epic.
Why The Caribfluencers Panel at Blogalicious was a BFD
Corporations are partnering with bloggers to help bring awareness to their brands and trends in their industries. Many bloggers are earning a living by becoming industry influencers. As a result Blogging conferences are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Blogalicious is one of the more popular events as it empowers bloggers by creating a space for us to share what we've learned and what we struggle with as we try to build our brands and influences. This year, Caribbean bloggers were given a platform to share our experiences and provide insights on how to turn your passion into power - the Caribbean way!
My summer kicked off innocently enough with a relaxing trip to Guyana. That was the last bit of relaxation I had before the summer party season kicked off. Although I wanted to go to other events including Cropover in Barbados, family and health concerns forced me to miss out. However, just because I couldn't take advantage of all of the Carnivals and fetes, I found the highlights to bring you my can't-miss events from Summer '17.