Hey travel lovers! Can you believe I’ve never been to a carnival before!?!? Well, I’ve been to Atlanta’s Carnival, but that’s not quite the same as winin’ it up in the Caribbean or getting my samba on in Rio. I vow to change that in 2014, but in the mean time, I’m happy to have my friend and fellow travel writer, Janeen, share her carnival experience this year in Jamaica. Next year we’ll be doing it together!! I hope you can join us!
Jamaica Bacchanal 2013 — Part 1
Firstly I want to thank April for inviting me on her awesome blog and I hope you’ll find my post as entertaining and as informative as the Absolute Travel Addict herself. Bacchanal Jamaica 2013 kicked off with an opening party on February 15 and officially ended on April 7 with the parade. This year Bacchanal Jamaica celebrated their 25th anniversary and what an awesome season it was. I want to share the highlights of the season as well as some tips to get you ready for 2014. Now I would never claim to be a Bacchanal expert neither a die-hard soca fan, as a matter of fact 2 years ago I would never have dreamt I’d be writing about carnival but here I am. I got bitten by the Soca bug last season when I decided to attend Socarobics for no reason other than it was a free workout.
Socarobics and Bacchanal Fridays
Socarobics is basically aerobics done to soca music. It is a 2 hour nonstop, high energy cardio workout that should not be underestimated despite being major fun. Your legs and thighs will not be laughing at the end, as a matter of fact they may give up on you after the first 45 minutes to an hour no matter how in shape you think you are. It is a great way not only to get fit but also to learn a few moves and get updated on the hot songs of the season. Sessions were held every Monday & Wednesday from 6-8pm at Mas Camp, Stadium North. The venue, days and times are generally the same each year so I thought it worth mentioning and to top it off its FREE! So there is no excuse not to attend.
After socasizing in the week then each Fridays you had the chance to show off your best moves at Bacchanal Fridays. Each week showcased a celebrity DJ and some of the biggest names in Soca Music like Kes & The Band, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons and Duchess. Outside of the regular weekly events there were various Bacchanal endorsed parties throughout the season as well as other soca parties, almost every night of the week from Water Parties to JoJo’s Carnival Lyme on Sundays. It’s a great addition to the usual dance-hall/reggae scene.
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