|Grenada Carnival Spice Mas|
Unlike other carnivals which are traditionally a celebration of Lent, the Grenada Carnival is a celebration of independence. Grenada gained its independence in 1974 and this has always been celebrated year after year.
A government overthrow in 1979 saw the Grenada Carnival cancelled for that year, yet things were back on track after just one missed celebration when the People's Revolutionary Government had it re-instated. The Grenada Carnival was moved to August, avoiding both the Easter period and Similar Carnivals in other Caribbean locations.
Grenada Carnival, or Spice Mas as it is also known, combines all of the popular carnival themes including music, dance and cuisine. It runs between July and mid August each year and ends with the final street jump-up.
Grenada Carnival Events
Amongst the events at the Grenada Carnival, the Calypso events are the most popular. Calypso is a style of music that combines satire and rhythm. Sticking with music, there is also a Panorama event which features steel drums, synonymous with the Caribbean culture.
In addition to the musical performances, you can witness the Grenada Carnival Queen show in which competitors have to perform in costumes and evening gowns as well as giving cultural performances. The Mas bands give a little kick to the carnival too and infuse proceedings with colour and flair.
J'ouvert s perhaps the most colourful of all the events during the carnival period during which the Mas bands emerge from the night in frightful costumes.
Grenada Carnival Contact Information
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