Photo courtesy: John de la Bastide

Photo courtesy: John de la Bastide

Potential Major Carnivals For 2022

Written by: Nekisha Neicy Cyrus

With 2022 in full effect and the new year filled with some hope of normalcy returning, one question that carnival enthusiasts everywhere continue to ask is, will there be Carnivals in 2022? And though we cannot be certain with our response to this lingering question, we at Caribbean Entertainment Hub have been keeping our eyes and ears on the 2022 Carnival calendar to keep our loyal E-Hubbers updated.

With that said, here is our assessment of the Carnival Landscape for 2022 as we look at which are scheduled to take place, likely to happen and also unlikely.

Trinidad and Tobago

First up, we have the mecca of them all Trinidad and Tobago Carnival which was last held in 2020 a few weeks before the global pandemic shutdown Entertainment life as we know it. According to Looptt, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley announced in November 2021, that there is a possibility of Carnival Monday and Tuesday being observed on February 28 and March 1, 2022, however, there will be no parade of the bands. In addition to this, once all goes well coming closer to Carnival time, partiers may be able to enjoy ‘Safe Zone fetes’ and other Carnival-related events but the official nod of approval still hasn’t been given by the government.

Photo Credit: @JeffreyCharlesProductions

Photo Credit: @JeffreyCharlesProductions

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia Carnival which was previously known as the Lucian Carnival boast of being the largest and most cultural event on the island. The celebration was originally held before the start of Lent but was later moved to summer so it wouldn’t compete with Trinidad & Tobago Carnival. And it seems like 2022 will mark its return as plans are currently being considered to host its first official Carnival since the pandemic in a fully vaxxed style called ‘The Vaxxed Mas’.  According to the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, as the name suggests everyone participating must be fully vaccinated. Saint Lucia Carnival is carded to take place Jul 14- 21, 2022.

Photo courtesy- www.carnivaland.net

Photo courtesy- www.carnivaland.net

Miami

Held annually in October, Miami Carnival is well-known for being one of the greatest carnival experiences. The carnival which has been in existence for more than 25 years features the Steel Pan competition, Floats, King & Queen election along with other Individual competitions. This colorful street parade is carded to take place from Friday 7-10 October 2022.
Miami Carnival 2022

 

Grenada

Grenada Spicemas takes place each year during the months of July and August. The Grenada Carnival experience is well known for their unique J’ouvert morning and of course their ‘Jab, Jab’ filled with elaborate costumes and parades, intoxicating rhythms, pure Caribbean energy, and more. And it seems like carnival lovers will be able to enjoy the Island of Spice this year as the Grenada Spicemas celebration is in fact on and happening from August 3-10, 2022.

Orlando Carnival

Orlando Carnival is a well-known Caribbean- American that celebrates and embraces Caribbean culture through Caribbean dance, music, parades, masqueraders, costumes, and of course cuisine. This year Orlando will be celebrating their 35th Annual Orlando Downtown Carnival Weekend. The festivities are carded to take place on May 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2022.

Photo courtesy- www.2bkaribbean.com

Photo courtesy- www.2bkaribbean.com

Toronto

Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival or Caribana as it was formerly called is a three-week celebration of Caribbean music, cuisine, costumes, tradition, and culture. The festival has grown exponentially over the years since its start in 1967 and is currently North America’s largest cultural festival. And it seems like the countdown is on for its return in 2022 as the 2022 Caribana Weekend is carded to take place on Thursday, July 28 – Monday, August 1st, 2022.

Barbados

Crop Over is considered one of the Caribbean’s most popular and colorful festivals. Originally beginning in the 1780’s, a time when Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar, the festival was held at the end of the sugar season to celebrate the culmination of another successful sugar cane harvest, hence the name ‘Crop Over’. Today, the festival is celebrated 3 month-long with Barbadian music, arts, food, culture and so much more. Barbados ends the festivities with a grand carnival parade known as ‘Kadooment Day’. Kadooment is known as the biggest and sweetest carnival to end the Caribbean’s carnival season in August each year. With regards to Crop Over 2022, no decision has yet been. The last Crop Over celebrations was held in 2019.

Jamaica

Up next we head to the land of Reggae and Dancehall, which has been gaining recognition over the past 15 years for their exciting Jamaican Carnival experience. Held annually, the festivities which normally kick off in February and end mid-April has been getting bigger and better each year. And has since turned into one of the island’s biggest annual events filled with all-inclusive fetes, incredible food, and vibrating with soca music, culminating with a bright and colorful parade complete with beautiful costumes. However, since being canceled last year due to the pandemic, no official confirmation has been given concerning this year’s festivities which usually take place around Easter.

Photo courtesy- www.jamaica.loopnews.com

Photo courtesy- www.jamaica.loopnews.com

Guyana

Another major carnival that takes place in the Caribbean is Guyana Mashramani, which is an annual festival celebrating this South American country becoming a Republic. As Guyana was never part of the Spanish, Portuguese, or French Empires, events such as the Jouvert parade have been adopted from these other Carnivals with nearby Trinidad being a big influence. Although the annual celebration on February 23, 2022, is carded to take place, no official confirmation has been made public in regards to this year’s activities which normally include parades of floats, costume contests, and dances in the streets accompanied by steel band music and calypso.

Brooklyn

‘West Indian-American Day Carnival’ or ‘Brooklyn Carnival’ as it is called by some is an annual celebration that takes place every Labor Day. Starting in the 1960s, the festival continues to celebrate and unite many Caribbean islands through their history, traditions, cultural pride, and expressions in one huge extravagant party. As the West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival marches into its fifth decade, no official confirmations as yet have been given surrounding this year’s festivities.

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival is an annual Caribbean festival event that has taken place in London and has been taking place since 1966. The celebrations usually take place over a two-day period on the last weekend of August where the streets come alive with a huge Caribbean party filled with Caribbean music, carnival street parades, steel band, soca and calypso music and so much more. And this year’s event’s promises to deliver as always. The exact date is still to be confirmed.

Sources include: https://tt.loopnews.com, https://www.officeholidays.com, https://www.carnivaland.net, https://www.carnifest.com, https://www.caribanatoronto.com, https://barbados.org, https://socaislands.com, https://www.visitlondon.com.
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