#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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#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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Shanny-Val Diaries: DREAMing of Jouvert

About a month ago, my friend in SXM posted a flyer for an event in Anguilla which was going to be headlined by Mr. Soca himself Machel Montano! Immediately my heart sank, because I knew I wouldn’t have the time or money to sort out making the trip to Anguilla.

You see I have never had the opportunity to see the King of Soca perform live. I have seen him at Jouvert in Jamaica but never ever seen him live & direct.

As faith would have it the genius promoters of Appleton Dream Weekend billed Mr. Double M as the headliner for their Dream Jouvert!

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