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Carnival in Bermuda launch event at Ocean View Golf Club (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

The carnival spirit will return to Bermuda this summer with six days of events surrounding the National Heroes weekend.

Organisers of Carnival in Bermuda unveiled plans last night for this summer’s celebrations, set to run from June 12 to 17.

Azuree Williams, events manager for Carnival in Bermuda, said this year’s event would be spectacular and encapsulate the spirit of the island.

“Carnival in Bermuda is not just a weekend of parties,” she said. “It’s a vibrant cultural extravaganza that extends to the 1980s in Bermuda with Choy Aming.

“As we delve into the excitement of the 2024 Carnival in Bermuda season, it’s essential to recognise the significant economic impact this occasion will have on our local community.

“The infusion of energy, tourism and business generated during this period contributes substantially to the growth and prosperity of our community. The ripple effect is felt in our businesses, hotels, restaurants, beauty and health services and beyond.”

This year’s series of events will begin with Harbour Nights festivities taken over with a “family fete” featuring a range of local entertainers.

“It will be a family friendly event that will set the stage for what is sure to be an extremely festive weekend of events,” she said.

The celebration will continue through the holiday weekend, with new events joining popular favourites that include the Shelly Bay raft-up, the J’Ouvert and culminating with Revel de Road on National Heroes Day.

Ms Williams said that this year, organisers would also launch the Carnival Connections school outreach programme aimed at “engaging and inspiring” Bermuda’s young people.

“This initiative underscores our commitment to education, culture, fitness and community involvement,” she said.

“Through Carnival Connections, we aim to impart the values and traditions of Carnival in Bermuda to the next generation, ensuring its legacy continues to thrive while also cultivating Bermuda’s future local entrepreneurs and entertainers.”

Owen Darrell, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, announced that this year the Government would be boosting its sponsorship support of the event by 25 per cent.

“This increased support is a demonstration of this Government’s commitment to Bermuda’s cultural heritage and economic empowerment through tourism,” he said.

“It has been so heartening to see Bermudians explore more deeply their connections to the Caribbean through the avenue of carnival, whether it be through the music, food, culture, dance or celebration.”

Mr Darrell said that Carnival was not just a party, but a living, breathing embodiment of freedom and togetherness.

“As we come together during Carnival in Bermuda season, we are not only celebrating, but we are uniting in collective expression of joy and cultural pride,” he added.

“All of our heroes would be delighted to see Bermudians unite together with international guests from across the diaspora.”

Keidric Smith, an executive director for Carnival in Bermuda, said: “This marks the beginning of what promises to be an exhilarating and unforgettable year, showcasing the vibrancy and spirit of our beautiful island.

“We invite you to immerse yourself in the rhythm colours and energy that defines our unique Caribbean cultural experience. Together let us celebrate unity, diversity and the indomitable spirit that makes Carnival in Bermuda an experience like no other.”

For more information, visit carnivalinbermuda.com.

Carnival in Bermuda launch event at Ocean View Golf Club. Pictured Azuree Williams (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Carnival in Bermuda launch event at Ocean View Golf Club (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Carnival in Bermuda launch event at Ocean View Golf Club. Pictured, culture minster Owen Darrell (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Carnival in Bermuda launch event at Ocean View Golf Club (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published February 02, 2024 at 7:59 am (Updated February 02, 2024 at 8:13 am)

‘Spectacular’ carnival celebrations to return this summer

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