Carnival is a wonderfully vibrant, colourful, happy, carefree celebration of West Indian arts and culture. The mas bands spend many months preparing their exotic costumes for the procession. Some of the world’s very best steel bands compete at Panorama on Saturday night and perform in the parade throughout the weekend. Mobile sound systems fill the streets with music whilst the static sound systems DJs draw their loyal followings for hours of dancing in the street. Calypso and Soca add yet another authentic Caribbean vibe to Europe’s biggest and best Carnival music scene.
There are some 50,000 performers throughout the weekend and over 30 different sound systems. Numbers have always been difficult to gauge, but up to a million people enjoy Europe’s biggest Carnival every year.
Leave your cares at home and travel light. You don’t need much for a memorable weekend at Carnival. A happy smile and goodwill to everybody is infectious and you’ll soon find yourself making new friends. Discovering sensational new Caribbean cuisine is inevitable and you’ll find the urge to dance becomes irresistible.