World Party 2

The Carribean 27 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (7) Toonik Tyme Where? Iqalit, Canada When? April          How long? 1 week Every year during the last two weeks of April, Iqalit (also known as Frobisher Bay), the tiny capital of the newly proclaimed Canadian region of Nunavut, throws off the hard Arctic winter with Toonik Tyme, a showcase of Inuit skills and northern life. ... Read More »

The Carribean 26 – The best of the rest

The best of the rest (6) San Marcos National Fair Where? Aguascalientes, Mexico When? April How long? 3 weeks Mexico’s oldest fair, the Feria Nacional de San Marcos, pulls in thousands of revellers for three weeks of genial mayhem in the heartland town of Aguascalientes, particularly in and around the San Marcos Gardens. It’s exactly what most people imagine when ... Read More »

The Carribean 25 – The best of the rest

The best of  the rest (5) National Finals Rodeo Where? Las Vegas, USA When? December How long? 1 week The premier championship of rodeo, held every year at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas (®www., sees competitors battle it out in saddle bronco-riding, bull-riding, bareback-riding, calf-roping, team-roping, steer-wrestling and barrel-racing in front of crowds of over 140,000. ... Read More »

The Carribean 24 – The best of the rest

The best of  the rest (4) Fiesta de Santo Tomas Where? Chichicastenango, Guatemala When? December How long? 1 days ~ The Fiesta de Santo Tomas takes place over the seven days leading up to St Thomas’s Day on December 21, and is arguably one of the biggest and best annual events in Central America. Held in the relatively remote (and unpronounceable) ... Read More »

The Carribean 23 – The best of the rest

The best of  the rest (3) Calle Ocho Where? Miami, USA When? March How long? 4 days Over a million people turn up to Miami’s Calle Ocho (®, the largest Hispanic event anywhere in the world; and they come for a roaring street party, fed by rolling rhythms from salsa to merengue. Held over the first two weekends of March, ... Read More »

The Carribean 22 – The best of the rest

The best of  the rest (2) Bob Marley Birthday Bash Where? Kingston, Jamaica When? February How long? 1 day The chances are that, even if you aren’t a huge reggae fan, you’ll still have time for Bob Marley, the Lion from Zion, whose music still plays in every bar in the country, and where he is still regarded with awe. ... Read More »

The Carribean 21- The best of the rest

The best of  the rest (1) Accompong Maroon Festival Where? St Elizabeth, Jamaica          _. When? June How long? 1 day June 1 is the most important day of the year for Jamaican Maroons, descendants of the escaped African slaves who lived wild on the island and waged ferocious war against the British in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Maroons from ... Read More »

The Carribean 20 – Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Carnival (4) Carnival weekend After an ever-more fete-heavy week, Carnival Friday sees the first of the full-blown Carnival fixtures, the Soca Monarch competition, usually held on the hallowed turf of the Oval cricket ground. Featuring all the big- name soca acts in the Caribbean, it’s a similar, if slightly more orderly, scene to Brass Fete – lots of flag- ... Read More »

The Carribean 19 – Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Carnival (3) The panyards and the Panorama Finals It may not seem physically possible to attend a fete every night of the week, but in the last few days before Carnival, many Trinis pride themselves on doing exactly this and still turning up for work the next day. So, it’s a good idea to intersperse your feting by touring ... Read More »

The Carribean 18 – Trinidad Carnival

Trinidad Carnival (2) Mas bands and costume hunting As mops and buckets are employed to contend with the last of the summer rains, Trinidad’s most dedicated carnivalists are already hard at work. Mas-makers – creative, hardworking souls who dedicate months of free time to making the costumes worn in the mas bands – are hunched over chicken wire, fibreglass and ... Read More »