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Carnival organisers promise new route, non-stop partying and spirit of togetherness

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Bermuda’s carnival weekend will bring “a fresh, new route” and a host of festivities for its return after a two-year hiatus, the event’s new organisers promised.

The Bermuda Mas Band Association, which stepped up to lead Carnival in Bermuda this year, says the five-day event will cater to both “carnival purists and newcomers” with non-stop partying.

Kedric Smith, one of the founders of BMBA, said: “Revellers can expect numerous events, live entertainment and a spirit of togetherness over the course of the five days.

“We look forward to providing a fresh, new carnival experience and encourage the community to support as many events as possible.”

Masqueraders prepare themselves for Carnival in Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

The return of Carnival in Bermuda, which starts tonight, was announced in February after it was put on hold during the Covid-19 pandemic.

BHW Ltd bowed out after five years of organising events for Bermuda Heroes Weekend, but BMBA, which held many of BHW Ltd’s previous members, stepped up to the plate.

A spokesman for BMBA said that signature events would include the Raft Up boat party on Saturday, J.A.M., a reimagining of the J’Ouvert paint party, on Monday, and the Revel de Road parade, also on Monday.

Masqueraders revel the road during Carnival in Bermuda (Photograph supplied)
Bermuda Heroes Weekend Carnival Events

• Thursday: Evolve, an all-inclusive sunset party at Fort Hamilton that will run from 5pm to 11pm.

• Friday: Oasis Sunrise Fete at Barr’s Bay Park, Hamilton, from 5am to 11am.

• Saturday: Swizzle at Sunrise will run from 3am to 9am at the Arboretum, Devonshire. It will feature musical guests Elephant Man and Problem Child.

• Saturday: Raft Up near Mangrove Bay, Sandys, from 12pm to 6pm. Attendees can come via private boats or charter boats.

• Saturday-Sunday: Euphoria at Chaplin Bay, Southampton, from 9pm to 3am. Dress code is beach chic for women and collared shirts only for men.

• Sunday: ValeVibes exclusive fete at Clearwater Beach, St George’s, from 7am to 12pm. The party will host patrons and dignitaries, and honour the passing of Renalda Bean, on of the executive directors of the Soca Versus Reggae Productions during Cup Match Weekend.

• Sunday: Wetta at Snorkel Park in Dockyard, from 9am to 2pm. With a swimwear dress code, the breakfast party will feature music from several DJs, including DJ RustyG and D’Nice, and performances by Lyrikal and Fire Wayne.

• Sunday: Glow Bermuda at Par-la-Ville Park from 5pm to 11pm. The all-inclusive party features the theme Moroccan White.

• Sunday: PURE – The White Party at National Sports Centre, Devonshire, under the big tent. Gates open at 8pm.

• Monday: J’Ouvert AM at Bernard Park in Pembroke from 3am to 9am. The paint and powder party will include food and drinks at arrival.

• Monday: Revel de Road departing from Devonshire Recreation Club on Frog Lane at 11am

More details can be found here.

Masqueraders during Carnival in Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

Revel de Road is organised in partnership with Party People Entertainment, Nova Mas International and Code Red Bda, and presented with the help of the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

The parade will take masqueraders in vibrant costumes on a new route through Pembroke.

Revellers will leave Devonshire Recreation Club at 11am for three laps through Pembroke.

The first lap will see revellers parade southward on Frog Lane and move on to Parsons Road, North Street and Dutton Avenue.

The second lap will take partygoers from Dutton Avenue to Marsh Folly Road and through Black Watch Pass before stopping at the roundabout at the intersection of North Shore Road and Palmetto Road.

The third lap will then move down Palmetto Road and on to Marsh Folly Road before turning on to Dutton Avenue and finishing at Bernard Park.

Masqueraders prepare themselves for Carnival in Bermuda (Photograph supplied)

Darren Woods, a spokesman for BMBA, said: “Carnival in Bermuda is a boost to the economy and a country’s carnival product is made up of numerous stakeholders.

“The BMBA would like to thank all event organisers, sponsors and promoters, product suppliers including food vendors, make-up artists, hair stylists, photographers, videographers and DJ’s, security teams and volunteers.”

He added: “The cumulative efforts of all make carnival weekend a success.

“From our team to all of you, we thank you.

“The Carnival in Bermuda team would like to wish everyone a safe and exhilarating carnival weekend.”

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Published June 16, 2022 at 12:24 pm (Updated June 16, 2022 at 12:24 pm)

Carnival organisers promise new route, non-stop partying and spirit of togetherness

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