Words by Donna-Marie McIntosh
Photo by Andy E. Williams
Antigua Carnival is an experience within itself and, although officially Wadadli carnival takes place over ten days from July 25th to August 4th, the numerous fetes leading up to the summer festive season begin as early as April. Antigua is an island steeped in its own culture, traditions and style of celebration: From the food, to the music, to the spontaneity of the masqueraders, down to the non-stop fetes and events, it truly has its own dynamic and unique way of celebrating emancipation.
If you are fortunate enough to be on the island during the Carnival season, you will definitely be spoiled for choice in terms of activities and nightlife. With literally only hours to go before the official Antigua carnival countdown begins, let’s explore all the fun that can be had in the heart of town, at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (dubbed as “Carnival City”), in St. John’s, and show you how to be a professional reveler.
The 2015 edition of Antigua Carnival has a slightly different flavor from the days of old. The Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission has put a brand new spin on things, introducing some new events and blowing the dust off of some of the staples, re-branding and breathing new life into the original concepts.
Let’s delve into the Carnival Checklist for Antigua, and show you where you need to be during “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.”