Do you love soca as much as we do? We’re sure you will approve of our list of the best carnivals.
- Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago has one of the largest Caribbean carnivals across the islands and has a massive influence across carnivals in the USA, Canada and throughout Europe. We have rated Trinidad and Tobago in first position, because each and every year the costumes, troops, floats and calypso songs are bigger and better than the previous year. They have some of the most glamorous, exquisite costumes and the most renowned soca and calypso artists. If you haven’t attended or played mas in this carnival, you truly are missing out. Start planning for next years, Trinidad and Tobago carnival usually takes place during the second and third week in February, but next year it will take place early March.
- Barbados/ Crop Over
Crop Over has been ranked as our second favourite Caribbean carnival, not only because Barbados is home to Rihanna where she plays mas every year, but because the crowds are consistently increasing in size year after year. The vibes and presence of being there is phenomenal, be sure to add this one to your bucket list of carnivals to visit or participate in. Crop Over usually takes place during the last week in July and in the first week in August, if you’re not already going this year, you still have time to sort out your flights and accommodation.
- Sugar Mas – Grenada
Sugar Mas carnival season in Grenada is another one not to be missed. The island of spice throws down a spectacular entertaining carnival on a smaller scale to Trinidad and Barbados. Grenada is definitely worth visiting during carnival season with plenty of activities for both adults and children. Sugar Mas usually takes place early July and lasts until the first week in August. With Crop Over and Antigua’s carnival being so close to Spice Mas festivities, we suggest you double check the dates the parades take place if you want to try and attend all three carnivals. You still have time to attend Spice Mas carnival, check British Airways (BA) for their current Caribbean holiday deals.
Antigua carnival is traditionally 10 days long with festivities playing the best in soca and calypso where they have some of the most beautiful and bright costumes. We listed Antigua as our fourth favourite Caribbean carnival due to the combination of the breath taking 365 beaches, where they host some of the carnival festivities, but also because this carnival has troops from other islands participating (playing mas). The carnival usually begins in the first week of August and you also have the chance to get a flavour of not just Antigua but also Trinidad, St. Lucia, Montserrat, St. Kitts, Guyana and St. Vincent. Some of the events include a national food fair, parades and a number of shows with live bands and performers. Don’t just take our word for it, experience Antigua’s carnival for yourself.
- St. Kitts
Our very own CEO Tenneka Richards, played mas in carnival late last year and early this year in St. Kitts and had one of the most incredible times of her life. St. Kitts may only be 174 km2 with a population of 55.5k, but they sure do know how to have fun in the sun, especially during the carnival season! Little St. Kitts and Nevis’s national sugar mas celebrates carnival festivities across two months from pageants, fashion shows, fete’s plus many more activities. A fabulous time to embrace St. Kitts and Nevis’s culture with family, friends and loved ones, whilst shaking a leg or two to the sweet sounds of calypso and soca music.
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