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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

International Carnival Calender (revised, with links!)

Mar 1-30, 2008………. Jamaica
Apr 6-26, 2008………. St. Thomas (V.I)
Apr 17-May 3, 2008……….St. Maarten
Apr 27-May 3, 2008……….Cayman Islands
May 3, 2008………. Pt. Fortin Borough Day
May 17, 2008……….Honduras
May 17-19, 2008 ……….Oakland, CA
May 23-25, 2008 ……….Orlando, FL
May 23-25, 2008 ……….San Francisco, CA
May 23-25, 2008……….Atlanta, GA
May 24, 2008 ……….Bermuda
May 25-28, 2008……….Berlin Germany
June 8, 2008……….Hartford, CT
June 14, 2008……….Philadelphia, PA
June 28-29, 2008……….Washington DC
June 14-15, 2008……….Tampa Bay, FL
June 27-July 8, 2008……….St. Vincent & the Grenadines
July 3-6, 2008………..Houston, TX
July, 2008……….St. John (VI)
July 5, 2008………Montreal,Canada
July 18-19, 2008……….Norfolk, Virginia
July 20, 2008 ……….Jersey City, NJ
July 21-July 22, 2008……….St. Lucia
July 25-26,2008.......... British Colombia, Canada (Caribbean Days Festival)
Aug 2, 2008 ……….Toronto (Caribana)
Aug 4, 2008……….Barbados (Cropover)
Aug 4-5, 2008……….Antigua
Aug 8-10, 2008……….Hamilton, Canada
Aug 8-10, 2008 ……….Edmonton
Aug 8-10, 2008 ……….Detroit, MI
Aug 11-12, 2008……….Grenada (Spice Mas)
Aug 15-17, 2008 ……….Chicago, IL
Aug 18, 2008………..Ottawa
Aug 23, 2008 ……….Boston, MA
Aug 24-25, 2008 ……….Notting Hill (London, UK)
Sep 1, 2008 ……….New York (Labor Day)
Sep 6-7, 2008 ……….Baltimore, MD
Oct 24-26, 2008……….Jacksonville, FL
Oct 12, 2008……….Miami, FL
Oct 10-12, 2008……….Los Angeles, CA
Oct 18, 2008……….Sydney (Australia)
Dec 24, 08-Jan 2, 2009……….St. Kitts
Dec 2008……….Montserrat
Dec 24, 08-Jan 2……….St.Croix (V.I)

Vacation Mentality!!

So, now that Carnival is now long behind us (feels like years ago instead of just a month) what is there to look forward to between now and band launching season which kicks off in June? Well, for me I have been in vacation mode, seriously lapsing on my usual Carnival obsession, since I am going on a trip to Punta Cana in May and have been planning for that wholeheartedly, not to mention we have THREE holidays in Trinidad between this week and the next!

I know many of the bloggers are also going off to some "exotic" locale soon. There is one blogger in India right now (lucky dog!) and several going different ways for Easter, including London, Barbados, Dominica and St Lucia. Next month one is going to Hawaii another Cuba and in May it's Antigua, Mexico, Costa del Sol,Bermuda, in June China not to mention those who are going on a cruise,St. Maarten and Anguilla. Then there are a few making the trip to Caribana, Spice Mas, Crop Over and Miami Carnival!! I tell you we have a whole set of globe trotters keeping active now that Carnival is over.

For those of you returning to Trinidad soon however, fear not, there are some happenings that you should take note of. Next month is the Tobago Jazz Festival with the headliners being Whitney Houston and Rod Stewart, this takes place from Friday April 25th to Sunday April 27th. If you do not have accomodations and a plane/ferry ticket booked by now you might as well stay home! Also in April there are two One Day Internationals (cricket, people) taking place on April 10th and April 12th; tickets to the all inclusive Trini Posse Stand are $600.00 and if you need to know who to contact to get your ticket send me an email!

In May there is the Point Fortin Borough Day festival taking place on May 3rd, but the entire weekend is one big fete, just like a mini Carnival. Those of you who played with Legacy can use your costume at Borough Day as Legacy makes an appearance. There are other bands that you can join for Jouvert in Point such as Radical Promotions :





I know some of you have emailed me for accomodations in Point Fortin for Borough Day and these are a few I have found listed:

South Western Court Hotel
14-16 Guapo Main Rd, Point Fortin, Trinidad
Tel: (868) 648- 4734 or (868) 648- 0075

Cinnamon Court 148 Clifton Hill
Point Fortin
Tel: (868) 648-0752

118 Cinnamon Drive
Point Fortin
Tel: (868) 648-2349

Flynns Black Gold Guest House
La Brea Village
Tel:
(868) 710-1622

For more information on Point Fortin Borough Day visit the Point Alive website.

Soon enough there will be a full roster of band launchings taking place one behind the other, June is only 2 months away! But for all of you jetting off soon, safe travels and remember to check the international calender to see if a Carnival is taking place where you will be, and if there is, take pics and send me a review! Next up is Jamaica Carnival.

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