When I think of Memorial Day, I think of sweet summer days, bbqs, grilled food, street festivals, parks, picnics beach and pool parties and just generally good vibes. It’s my favorite time of year– and I literally start pitching anything long sleeved and cumbersome into boxes, bins and make way for the prints, neons, summer dresses, sandals and the signature stark white outfit. I mean who really cares when and how you wear white anyway?
The 2nd annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival took place on Mothers Day weekend in Nassau, Bahamas.
It was my first time and as a first timer (with anything) you really don’t know what to expect. I mean of course you ask questions but there’s nothing like forming your own opinion.
As I do with most carnival reviews, I try to be objective as possible; but knowing that can potentially vary depending on my outlook and perspective. So, I decided to get a more “roundabout” view of what several masqueraders, promoters, entertainers thought about this year’s Junkanoo carnival.
Is it just me? Or is everyone in the gym nowadays. I won’t lie. I’m a gym rat but it seems like everyone is sticking to those New Years resolutions. I ain’t mad at ya.
Working out makes me feel invincible. The sky could be falling, the earth could be spiraling towards the sun but there’s nothing that makes me feel as pumped as a great workout. Endorphins are the best drug ever.
It’s literally 2 weeks and counting til the 2nd annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival….and I don’t feel a bit prepared. I have to say this one snuck up on me but luckily being in its beginner stages, I can get away with “sticking” on this one.
Planning for carnival can be a bit overwhelming, especially when you’ve never attended it or it’s fairly new or there’s just not a lot of information about it.
In an attempt to check this one off my bucket list I went stalking social media for information on fetes, costumes and anything essential for an aspiring carnival junkies’ first time at Bahamas carnival.
If you haven’t been to at least one Trinidad carnival in your lifetime; it’s ok. Trust me; you will survive. Life will go on and you wouldn’t have known any different. If you haven’t noticed, I’m not the best at being sarcastic.
Honestly if there’s one thing that I’m SURE about in my 29 years of existence (and sometimes it’s a good thing, sometimes not so good) is that carnival is addicting; especially the Mecca, Trinidad and Tobago. It is a life-altering experience and I wish had 10 dollars for every time I’ve said, typed or written that down. I’m pretty sure I could retire and just do carnival for the rest of my life if that was the case.
First and foremost, I wanna thank everyone that takes the time out of their busy lifestyles and comings and goings to read my thoughts and inspirations. A lot of this blog is based on my interests and what I feel can help others and then there’s CARNIVAL. I thought to myself, what better way to start off 2016 (several weeks late I know) than telling the story of why I tend to choose carnival over and over again.
Can you imagine a world where beauty has no limits, no specific race or ethnicity, no height or weight requirements? Or even imagine a place where there is no prerequisite or standard of or type of look and where differences and eccentricities are celebrated?
With 60 days and counting left for Trinidad carnival; if you haven’t started planning in some sense, shape or form then God’s speed, luck and all amount of prayers to you. My friend and sister in blogging Shamair aka Tingz Nice (check out her blog and store www.tingznice.com ) approached me with a great idea to do a post on group planning. Check out the video and post below:
TingzNice: In light of the carnival preparations that are taking place AS WE SPEAK I think it’s only appropriate to shed some light on the woes of group planning.