In Living Colour – Antigua’s Carnival 2012

A rich heritage of sounds, exotic costumes that exudes impeccable appeal, style and bright colors, and beautiful happy people are just some adjectives that can be used to describe Antigua’s Carnival.

Carnival originated in Italy hundreds of years ago as traditional costume festival before the first day of Lent as their observance of not eating meat during Lent.  It was called “carnevale” which means “put away the meat”.   As time passed carnivals became famous around the world and African heritage made a huge influence on Carnival in the Caribbean.  Parading and moving in circles through villages in costumes and masks was believed to bring good fortune, to heal problems and to calm angry relatives who had died and passed into the next world.   Additional traditions borrowed were the use of natural objects such as bones, grass, beads, shells, feathers etc to make costumes, masks and headdresses with each combination of objects representing a certain idea or spiritual force.

Antigua’s carnival is tagged as “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival” focusing on Music, Movement and Mas.  This year’s theme “In Living Colour” is being taken quite literally by all costume designers, musicians and revelers alike as they prepare for eleven (11) days of celebration beginning July 28th – August 7th, 2012 and dare we say it is not to be missed.

Eleven (11) days of colourful costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows, and especially good music.  The festivities, which celebrate emancipation, are exciting and extensive, ranging from the Party Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions, the Panorama steel band competition, and the spectacular, exotic and colourful Parade of Bands to the Queen of Carnival Pageant and the Jaycees Caribbean Queen’s Competition.

In addition to these major events, the nonstop revelry of carnival really culminates at the beginning of June with innumerable fetes, concerts, food fairs, street jams and cultural shows.  For more information please visit and bookmark Antigua’s Carnival website for events calendar and updates.

So don’t just read about The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival – “Experience IT”.  Make it a memorable and relaxing experience by staying with Trade Winds Hotel click BOOK NOW and use TWHANU1 (for Bed and Breakfast) or TWHANU2 (for Bed, Breakfast and Dinner) for our carnival rates.

Remember the island’s best kept secret The Bay House Restaurant is open daily from 7am-11pm with an ALL DAY BREAKFAST option, fine a-la-carte international Caribbean infused menus and Sunday Carvery with a spectacular view of Dickenson Bay.


Have you ever experience Carnival?  Share your experience with us!



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