For many years, Grenada has been known…
The Island Blog
- January 18th 2012
Whether it is the shimmering costumes of the masqueraders, the organized movements of the jab jabs or the sweet sound of the soca and steel pan music, a Caribbean Carnival Celebration is always an experience of a lifetime!
But when it comes to the little island of Carriacou, the experience is definitely one with a difference. Most persons take the 90 minute ferry ride aboard the Osprey Lines, while others prefer the 20 minute flight via SVG Air. In 2011 however, ‘The Real Jab Jab Group’ from mainland Grenada chartered a large vessel which enabled passengers to enjoy a 4 hour party on route to Carriacou.
Of course in keeping with the traditional Caribbean Carnival, one will still see beauty and talent at its best on the night of the Queen Show Competition and the early morning jouvert in L’Esterre, among so many other aspects.
What differentiates the Carriacou Celebrations from the rest of the islands is the Shakespeare Mas. It is the only place in this region, where one can see men dressed in peirrots engage in battle using only the lines from Shakespeare’s plays. If the competitor is slow to respond, a quick stroke of his whip will suffice as punishment.
So in Carriacou, whether it’s the crack of the whip of the Shakespeare masqueraders, the sound of the conch shell or just the way one got there in the first place, this Carnival experience is definitely one with a difference.