#ShannyValDiaries : My Carnival Weekend 2017

“Is whole year that we waiting & we anticipating…”

I think Machel Montano summed up my Carnival weekend in his 2016 hit Waiting for the Stage. I waited a whole year for carnival & boy did it come with some hiccups but it was well worth the wait.

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#ShannyValDiaries: I Love Soca…The Carnival 2017 Edition

I never knew I would ever step foot in another I Love Soca especially after my last experience at a Waterfront edition. It took Skinny Fabulous & Kerwin Dubois being billed for the event to convince me to purchase my ticket.

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#ShannyValDiaries: How Do I Keep Up To Date with Soca Music?

It’s officially soca season in Jamaica & I am super excited!!!!

The main reason why I love Carnival is definitely the music!…I LOVE SOCA MUSIC!

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So by January I usually know all the songs. This year it was easier to get access to all my music thanks to a few apps & some trusted YouTube Accounts.

People always ask me how I keep up to date with my soca & these are my not so secret weapons.

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#ShannyValDiaries: Bacchanal Band Launch

I can’t believe its been a year already! I am still on high from Road March last April. Every time I remember how amazing my jump was I can’t help but smile & thanks to YouTube  I can watch it over and over again.

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#ShannyVal: Carnival in Jamaica (Beach Jouvert)

I know Jamaica Carnival ended more than a month ago but I had so much work on my plate, I didn’t have the time to really sit down & do my experience justice in a blog post. Finally, my work load has eased & I am able to share the joy that was my Carnival Week!

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#ShannyVal: Carnival in Jamaica (Dusk, A.M.Bush & Road March)

Carnival Monday – DUSK

Dusk is definitely a must for me . Last year I partiedd in the hills ar Dusk with some friends & it was so good I had to return! I don’t know if it is the venue or the vibe of the event itself but Dusk has proven to be consistent based on what friends have told me & my own experiences.

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Now the Bacchanal Start!

It’s Bacchanal in January! Usually I wait until the launch of Bacchanal Friday but since I declared this year my “Carnival Year,” I decided that I wanted to be there from the start. I also, wanted to scope out the costumes seeing that I am interested in playing Pretty Mas this year.

I wasted no time when the early bird tickets were released, I asked a friend to swing by Mas Camp a day before the early bird was originally scheduled to end.

As usual my Friday work day was eventful so I was a bit stressed/tired by the time I went home but I was looking forward to hearing some good soca music & seeing some pretty costumes.

Once I got to the parking lot, I was already in a Merry mood!

On entry to Mas Camp I received so many goodies I didn’t expect to even get. I got a Smirnoff mason jar, a Heineken cup, tiaras & beads.

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What A Gyal Love Soca: My I Love Soca Boxing Day 2015 Experience

At the start of December, I had made the decision that I was not going to party at all for the rest of the year, however, I changed my mind when my friend Francine told me she wanted to go to I Love Soca.

This was my second I Love Soca & so my preparation was much better than my last. We actually brought a small igloo this time!

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Shanny’s Guide to Jouvert

 

I think I have mentioned before on the blog that I LOVE Jouvert! (here). I will always be the first person to recommend a proper Jouvert fete.

My last Jouvert experience (here) inspired this all you may need guide to a phenomenal Jouvert experience …

1.Wear a bathing suit (preferably an inexpensive one) under your clothes. Remember that Jouvert is VERY messy & you don’t want to be ruining your favourite underwear or bathing suit.

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