List of Caribbean carnivals around the world

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Caribbean Carnival[1] is the term used in the English speaking world for a series of events Throughout almost the whole year that take place in many of the Caribbean islands annually and worldwide.[2]

The Caribbean's carnivals have several common themes, many originating from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival,[3] based on folklore, culture, religion, and tradition (thus relating to the European use of the word, not amusement rides, as the word "carnival" is often used to mean in American English.[4] Carnival tradition is based on a number of disciplines including: "Playing Mas"/masquerade; calypso music and crowning a Calypso King or Monarch; Panorama (steelpan band competition); J'ouvert morning; and a number of other traditions.[1]

Local Caribbean carnivals[edit]

Approximate dates are given for the concluding festivities. Carnival season may last for over a month prior to the concluding festivities, and the exact dates vary from year to year.

International Caribbean carnivals[edit]

Canada[edit]

Carifest Parade in Calgary
  • "Caribe-Expo" — In the city of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.
  • "Carifiesta" — In the city of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, typically 2–3 weeks before Toronto's Caribana.
  • "Caribana" — In Toronto, Ontario, it draws close to a million visitors to the city. Formerly "Caribana".
  • "Carnival"(cancelled) — In the city of Hamilton, 1 week after Toronto's Caribana.
  • "Carifest" — In the city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.
  • "Cariwest" — Held annually the second week of August in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Cariwest boasts an amazing display of masqueraders in the main parade, and is a beautiful festival full of food and entertainment in the heart of downtown.
  • Barrie's Caribfest[44] (parade has been cancelled since 2011) is Canada’s second largest Caribbean festival. It is held on the shores of Lake Simcoe in the beautiful city of Barrie. However, the activities extend throughout downtown Barrie as the costume bands wind through downtown streets, along Lakeshore Drive to Centennial Park, the location of the main stage. This dynamic, exciting event features some of the best Canadian and international Caribbean performers in music, dance, costumes, and world drumming.

A unique attraction distinguishing this Caribbean event is its location. This dynamic, exciting event features some of the best Canadian and international Caribbean performers in music, dance, costumes, and world drumming. Events are held from Friday to Sunday throughout every third weekend of August. The Grand Parade in Toronto is held on the first Saturday of August to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade on August 1st, 1838.

France[edit]

2014 Tropical Carnival of Paris
  • Carnaval Antillais de Colombes — every year late June.
  • Carnaval Tropical de Paris — every year early July.
  • Carnaval of French West Indies, about two months between the Sunday of Epiphany and Ash Wednesday[45]

Germany[edit]

  • Berlin — Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures),[46] every year in May (Whitsuntide weekend)

The Netherlands[edit]

  • Rotterdam — "Summer Carnival" Zomercarnaval: occurs every year in July. Each year there are more than 800.000 visitors.[47]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "WIADRA westindian carnival organisation". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "List of Carnival and the world". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "A brief History of Carnival". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Meaning of "carnival" in the English Dictionary". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Anguilla Summer Festival
  6. ^ Antigua Carnival Facebook page
  7. ^ Barbuda Caribana Facebook page
  8. ^ Visit Aruba: Aruba Carnival
  9. ^ Barbados Crop Over Calendar
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ Belize Carnival
  12. ^ Tourism Bonaire: Carnival on Bonaire
  13. ^ "BVI August Festival". Bareboats BVI. Archived from the original on 2015-12-28. 
  14. ^ BVI Tourism: Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Celebrations
  15. ^ Cayman Carnival Batabano
  16. ^ Cuban Adventures: Carnival in Santiago de Cuba
  17. ^ Cuba Absolutely: The Havana Carnival
  18. ^ Curaçao Carnival Info: Schedule
  19. ^ Dominica Carnival
  20. ^ Dominican Republic Carnival / Carnaval
  21. ^ Party Grenada: Carriacou Carnival Archived 2013-06-30 at Archive.is
  22. ^ Spicemas
  23. ^ Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board: Carnaval Archived 2013-05-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  24. ^ Guyana Government Information Agency: Mashramani
  25. ^ Haiti Travels: Carnival Archived 2012-12-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Bacchanal Jamaica
  27. ^ Martinique Carnival Archived 2013-04-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Montserrat Tourist Board: Our Carnival Archived 2013-05-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Smithsonian: A Puerto Rican Carnival
  30. ^ Saba Carnival Facebook page
  31. ^ Hello St-Barts Carnival
  32. ^ Lucian Carnival Events
  33. ^ St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival
  34. ^ Nevis Culturama
  35. ^ Saint-Martin Carnival Committee
  36. ^ St Vincent and the Grenadines Carnival
  37. ^ St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation: Carnival Archived 2013-05-09 at the Wayback Machine.
  38. ^ St. Maarten Carnival Facebook page
  39. ^ National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Dates Archived 2013-04-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  40. ^ Go Trinidad and Tobago: Tobago Carnival Archived 2013-05-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  41. ^ St Croix Festival
  42. ^ VInow: Virgin Islands Carnival Celebrations
  43. ^ VI Carnival Facebook page
  44. ^ Welcome to the Barrie Caribbean Festival
  45. ^ Guadeloupe-guide: Events in Guadeloupe
  46. ^ Karneval der Kulturen
  47. ^ Summer Carnival,
  48. ^ St Pauls Carnival Archived 2008-08-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  49. ^ Preston Caribbean Carnival
  50. ^ Atlanta Carnival
  51. ^ BCA Carnival
  52. ^ MIAMI BROWARD ONE CARNIVAL 2012
  53. ^ Bayou Bacchanal
  54. ^ http://www.caribmask.com
  55. ^ Carnaval San Francisco Parade
  56. ^ Virginia Caribfest
  57. ^ DC Caribbean Festival
  58. ^ Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Archived 2015-02-04 at the Wayback Machine.

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