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It doesn't matter where you where you were born, where you grew up or where your parents are from. Carnival is the time when everyone can be Caribbean! We welcome you to join in the revelry!

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HISTORY OF CARNIVAL

HISTORY OF CARNIVAL

Once Christmas season is officially over in the Caribbean, it's time to dig out your dancing shoes and start thinking about Carnival.

Where Did It Start?

Carnival in the Caribbean has a complicated birthright, tied as it is to colonialism, religious conversion, and ultimately freedom and celebration. The festival originated with Italian Catholics in Europe, later spreading to the French and Spanish, who brought the pre-Lenten tradition when they settled (and brought slaves to) Trinidad, Dominica, Haiti, Martinique, and other islands.

The word Carnival itself is thought to mean "farewell to meat" or "farewell to flesh," the former referencing the Catholic practice of abstaining from red meat from Ash Wednesday until Easter. The latter explanation, while possibly apocryphal, is said to be emblematic of the sensuous abandon that came to define the Caribbean celebration of the holiday.

Historians believe the first "modern" Caribbean Carnival to have originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 18th century, as a flood of French emigres brought the Masquerade tradition with them to the island, although Fat Tuesday celebrations were almost certainly taking place at least a century before that.

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where we fete

We're participating in 3 Carnivals this year. You can chose to participate in one city or both. We're growing, our goal is to have a presence in every major carnival by 2021!

Atlanta-Dekalb

May 25, 2019

Hollywood, CA

Jun 27-30 2019

Raleigh-Durham

August 24, 2019

Raleigh 2019

We have several different choices to match your desired experience.

Sections

RELEASE!

Relase [Ultra Frontline]
Release [Frontline]
Release [Backline]

RUN WID IT!

Run Wid It [Ultra Frontline]
Run Wid It [Frontline]
Run Wid It [Backline]

Band Leaders

We will serve as your culture guides through your carnival experience.

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