Origins of Carnival


What’s Up Swatch Queens,

With Labor Day  approaching us quickly, I thought it was befitting to post about Carnival. As an Island Gal growing up I was use to attending parades, dances, festivals lit with an array of tropical colors, and natives wearing costumes, face masks, long tier skirts, bouncy blouses, hair adorned with jewels. Men, women and children dancing in formation in unison as they make their way down the streets as the sounds of percussion instruments fill the air. Although it’s been years since my last Labor Day Parade down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, I do hold the imagery of the grand celebrations and the rhythm of the music.

Now older I feel the need to research how carnival came about and how is it that so many Caribbean Islands have their own interpretation of this celebration.

The word Carnival is thought to mean ” farewell to meat…

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Director of Manchester School of Samba at http://www.sambaman.org.uk
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