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 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. In...

Caribana King and Queen Showcase Recap

Caribana King

I spent my first vacation of 2014 in Toronto to play mas in the Caribana with my cousin. I attended many fetes throughout the weekend, but my first event was the Caribana King and Queen Showcase at Lamport Stadium. It is a good, clean, AFFORDABLE show for family and anyone interested in Caribbean culture and keeping the ‘old mas’ traditions. This year’s halftime show included performances by JW and Blaze, Iwer George, Drupatee, and...

Carnival Prep: Tips for Getting Ready for a Caribbean Carnival

Carnival Prep: Tips for Getting Ready for a Caribbean Carnival

It’s Carnival Season! Since catching the “Carnival bug” visiting family in Trinidad, I decided to visit Toronto for their Caribana Parade. I also have family there and it is close enough to NY to go for a quick weekend trip via bus (Megabus or Greyhound) or plane (Flights leave from all NYC airports for around the same price). We’ve all been carnival virgins at some point so here are some tips...