The Bacchanal Now Start! The Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Packing List

The Bacchanal Now Start! The Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Packing List

Feature Image by S. Pakhrinunder Creative Commons license. If you have been a reader (or social follower), you know I have no shame sharing my Trinidadian culture and love for carnival. I haven’t played mas in years, but I stay up to date with the music and various carnival events held each year. Trinidad & Tobago Carnival is less than two weeks away and people from all over the world are preparing to visit...

How To Celebrate Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Weekend in Nassau

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Weekend

There’s always a uniqueness to every city and country that hosts Carnival. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to be invited by Bahamas Tourism to this year’s Junkanoo Carnival Weekend in Nassau. Celebrating its third year the Junkanoo Carnival is a celebration of the Bahamian culture and heritage. If you’ve never experienced mas in the Bahamas, here are some ways to celebrate Junkanoo Carnival Weekend. Learn About the Junkanoo Culture...

Carnival Makeup Inspiration for the Road

carnival inspired makeup

If you’re a longtime follower, you know that I LOVE Carnival time. I haven’t played mas since 2014, but I watch Machel Monday, Soca Monarch, and other streamed events online. Being upset I missed another carnival, I created a carnival makeup look inspired by one of my costumes from Caribana. A post shared by Jo🌟nna E (@joannaen) on Aug 3, 2013 at 5:36pm PDT Read more about how I did this carnival...

Beat it Like Pan: My Favorite Moments from Machel Monday 

Machel Monday - The Journey of a Soca King

Carnival is a few days away and I don’t think I’ve ever missed it so much. Even though I’m not in Trinidad, I had the opportunity to watch Machel Monday through various sources on Facebook Live. It sure didn’t help my FOMO, but I loved it! There were tons of highlights throughout the show, but here are my favorite moments from Machel Monday – “Journey of a Soca King”. Read Also: 5...

Best Caribbean Carnival Hairstyles for Women

Best hairstyles for playing mas

If you spent your money to play mas for Trinidad Carnival, you definitely want to look your best on the road. I have some tips for playing mas for first-timers in the Caribbean carnival prep but didn’t mention anything about carnival hairstyles. It is important to know that the best carnival hairstyles are ones that don’t cover your face. With all the jumping and waving, it is important to see where you’re going. If...

Raising Cancer Awareness One Jump at a Time with Globe-athon

Globe-athon to end Women's Cancers

Labor Day weekend in NYC is when people of West Indian heritage celebrate our Caribbean culture. This year I stayed home most of the weekend but attended Kiddie’s Carnival and two after work events. Soca artist Allison Hinds joined Globe-athon in this year’s parade for a campaign encouraging women to “take care down there”. About Globe-athon Globe-athon is an international organization focused on the prevention and early detection of all gynecological...

The Atmosphere Have Vibes…My First J’ourvet Experience

The Atmosphere Have Vibes My First J'Ourvet Experience

It’s mid-winter and that means Carnival is near. Although I’m not going back to Trinidad for Carnival this year, I’m always reminded of my first j’ourvet experience. J’ouvert (French pronunciation: ​[ʒuvɛʁ]) is a large street party during Carnival in the eastern Caribbean region. J’ouvert is a contraction of the French jour ouvert, or dawn/day break. We Ready… I’ve only seen J’ourvet in Brooklyn and end results (and news) were never positive....