Oh Caribana…you are to me like Christmas is to a kid. Caribana is North America’s largest Carribean Festival. It is a celebration of Carribean culture, music, food and dance. Caribana always falls on the August long weekend. It is estimated that this year there were 1.2 million people in attendance.
I absolutely love Caribana. I love the musical prelude to it 2 weeks in advance, when all the DJ’s play soca and reggae on their radio mix shows. They have me dancing in my chair at work; wishing I was out partying even though it’s only the afternoon. Although there were a few hiccups in the parade this year, it was my favourite because I met some new people, hung out with a couple different groups of friends and stayed longer than I had in previous years.
Caribana weekend was a whirlwind!! The only time I was home was to catch a few ZzzZZ’s…shower and change to go to the next party/event. The highlight for me this year had to be my first FETE!!! I went to Dr. Jay’s Big People Fete @ Wild Water Kingdom. We started off at a hotel party for a little pre-drinking then headed to the WWK parking lot for a little tailgate and after a few more wobbly pops we went onto the grounds for the main event. Headliners this year included: Kes the Band, Problem Child, Ravi B (“ah drinka”..my tune), JW&Blaze (“Palance”), Nadia Batson (Caribbean Girl), and many many more. The party went on for HOURS!!! It never stopped! Each artist didn’t have a ‘set’. They all interacted with eachother, sang anthems together, and came on and off the stage. It was non-stop entertainment and the perfect format. Although the park was open well past 5am, we packed it in after the final act finished around 4am. Two weeks later, I am still beaming and looking back with the best memories. I can’t wait til next year!! Jump Up!
Clearly having the time of my life!