How To Celebrate Junkanoo Carnival Weekend 

Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Weekend

There’s always a uniqueness to every city and country that hosts Carnival. Needless to say, I was extremely excited to be invited by Bahamas Tourism to this year’s Junkanoo Carnival Weekend in Nassau. Celebrating its third year the Junkanoo Carnival is a celebration of the Bahamian culture and heritage. If you’ve never experienced mas in the Bahamas, here are some ways to celebrate Junkanoo Carnival Weekend. Learn About the Junkanoo Culture...

Carnival Inspired Makeup

carnival inspired makeup

If you’re a longtime follower, you know that I LOVE Carnival time. I haven’t played mas since 2014, but I watch Machel Monday, Soca Monarch, and other streamed events online. Being upset I missed another carnival, I created a look inspired by my costume for Caribana 2013.   A post shared by Jo🌟nna E (@joannaen) on Aug 3, 2013 at 5:36pm PDT Read more on how I did this carnival inspired makeup...

Beat it Like Pan: My Favorite Moments from Machel Monday 

Machel Monday - The Journey of a Soca King

Carnival is a few days away and I don’t think I’ve ever missed it so much. Even though I’m not in Trinidad, I had the opportunity to watch Machel Monday through various sources on Facebook Live. It sure didn’t help my FOMO, but I loved it! There were tons of highlights throughout the show, but here are my favorite moments from Machel Monday – “Journey of a Soca King”. Read Also: 5...

Best Hairstyles for Playing Mas

Best hairstyles for playing mas

Carnival is here! As a masquerader, you spent your money to play in the best band, so you definitely want to look your best out on the road. I have some tips for first timers in my carnival prep post, but didn’t mention anything about hair. Hairstyles that work best are when hair is out of your face. If you have no clue how to do your hair or are limited on time...

Raising Cancer Awareness One Jump at a Time with Globe-athon

Globe-athon to end Women's Cancers

Labor Day weekend in NYC is when people of West Indian heritage celebrate our Caribbean culture. This year I stayed home most of the weekend but attended Kiddie’s Carnival and two after work events. Soca artist Allison Hinds joined Globe-athon in this year’s parade for a campaign encouraging women to “take care down there”. About Globe-athon Globe-athon is an international organization focused on the prevention and early detection of all gynecological...

The Atmosphere Have Vibes…My First J’ourvet Experience

The Atmosphere Have Vibes My First J'Ourvet Experience

It’s mid winter and that means Carnival is near. Although I’m not going back to Trinidad for Carnival this year, I’m always reminded of my first j’ourvet experience. J’ouvert (French pronunciation: ​[ʒuvɛʁ]) is a large street party during Carnival in the eastern Caribbean region. J’ouvert is a contraction of the French jour ouvert, or dawn/day break. We Ready… I’ve only seen J’ourvet in Brooklyn and end results (and news) were never...

Carnival in Brooklyn – Labor Day Weekend Recap

Powder Fete Labor Day Weekend

As much as I love Carnival, I can’t stand the parade in NY. Once you experience Trini carnival, you realize the big difference. There are probably some good events going on, but the news is always showing some kind of violence during the West Indian American Day Parade on Labor Day Weekend. Even though I don’t go to the parade, I is ah fêter (in my best Benjai voice). Here...

Truck – errr Stormers on de Road – Caribana Parade Recap

Truck - errr Stormers on de Road - Caribana Parade Recap

Congrats to Carnival Nations for winning Band of The Year during their 10-year anniversary. Initially, CaribVibeTV posted a “no band of the year” on Instagram due to the lack of all bands crossing the second stage and massive amount of stormers jumping in the longer parade route. Below is my recap playing in the 2014 Caribana Parade. I am no ‘mas expert‘, but based on conversation with previous masqueraders, stormers...