Jump, jump, jump, jump up and get on bad! Wave you flag in the air like you don’t care! Sounds like a grand party? You betcha! Ever saw the great Carnival revelers of Rio de Janeiro or Mardi Gras and wished you were in the crowd? Well, here is your chance. It is Carnival time again in Orlando and this year promises to be a massive fete.
Carnival has it’s origin from the days of slavery. Slaves would celebrate in costume and carry on in their rituals often times poking fun at their masters. Hence, Carnival is rooted in the Caribbean and South America. Brazil has taken Carnival to epic levels followed closely by Trinidad and Tobago. Many of the smaller West Indian Islands celebrate Carnival in their own way. Since, there is so much movement of people from the Caribbean to other parts of the world, it goes that their favorite celebration would follow. Canadian Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto, formerly known has Caribana is billed as the largest carnival outside of Trinidad; West Indian – American Parade on Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York is a spectacular sight of millions of people jamming down one of the busiest streets in New York. There are several pockets of Caribbean Ex Pat Carnivals in all parts of the world. Orlando, Florida has a growing West Indian population that is creating a big buzz this year about their favorite festival.
Most of West Indian venues have event planned for this weekend. Friday Night May 25, will open with Kes The Band Concert at the Kissimmee Civic Center, Cooler Fete at Magic Outlet Mall, and Soca Implosion at Shipwreck. Saturday Night May 26, will see Glow at Shipwreck, All Inclusive Event at Lux Ultra Lounge, and what promises to be the mother of all Carnival inside and outdoor The Live Machel Montano Performance at Soiree. Sunday will roll in the Orlando Carnival at Festival Field complete with costumed revelers, with after parties at both Soiree and Lux Ultra Lounge.
With all of this physical exasperating and gyrating, not to mention the free flowing rum, you have to get hungry. Orlando delivers with Caribbean Restaurants in abundance. Timehri boast the Best Combination Fried Rice, Indra’s Kitchen holds claim to the Best Duck Curry, One Love Kitchen Food Truck is hands down the Best Jerk Chicken anywhere on the the east coast, Bahamian Caribbean Grill offers great Bahamian family flavors, Singh’s Roti Shop and Caribbean Cuisine takes care of the Trinidadian cravings; Chinese Food and Gyros and Eat Well Gyros handles all things Halaal. If you happen to be out in Winter Garden try Spring Garden and Golden Apple. You cannot go hungry for Caribbean food.
One of the anthems that is sure to be a winner this year is the positive message delivered from Stealth Productions with their hit “I Love Liquor”
Caribbean Heritage Month is right around the corner in June. There are numerous celebrations including a prominent movie Premiere and After Party by the Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness Group (CADVA). CADVA seeks to accomplish their goals though culture and education.
“Big things a gwan” in the Orlando Caribbean Community. Let’s embrace them all. Which event are you going to?