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May 21, 2009

Orlando Carnival 2009 is Here!

Filed under: Chat 'bout,Island Vibes — Felicia @ 2:35 pm

It’s Memorial Day weekend once again and while many of you will be getting your grills ready to have a BBQ, or getting set to hit the streets and tear the malls down and take advantage of the barrage of sales, everyone in Carnival Central Florida will be whinning and chippin’ down d road in the blazing heat as Orlando Carnival will be taking place this weekend.

For those who are unfamiliar, the wikipedia definition of “Carnival” is as follows:

Caribbean Carnival is the term used for a number of events that take place in many of the Caribbean islands annually.

The Caribbean’s Carnivals all have several common themes based on folklore, culture, and religion, not on amusement rides.

Carnival tradition is based on a number of disciplines including: “Playing Mas”/Masquerade; Calypso Music and crowning a Calypso King or Monarch; Panorama (Steel Band Competition); Jouvert morning; and a number of other traditions.

Carnival has originated from Trinidad and Tobago, which plays host to the best Carnival celebration of all its imitators. To truely get a full Carnival experience Trinidad is where its at. Influeneced largely by African festivals, dancing, singing and music in general, Carnival incorprates the sounds of the steelpan, j’ouvert, good food, fun people and most importantly the elaborate costumes. CostumesCarnival is held in Trinidad every February.

Of course Carnival is no longer only celebrated in the Caribbean Islands, it is now widespread and the festivities take place all over the States. Some of the most popular Carnival locations held in the States take place in New York, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta and several others.

If you plan to be in Orlando this Memorial Day weekend, below is information and links you can follow to know what events are taking place.

 

www.orlandocarnivalassociation.com

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