Experience the 2013 Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival
There are so many exceptional events occurring throughout the world during the year. However, on the tiny island of Carriacou, there is one unique festival that showcases traditions, rituals, song, dance and other spiritual aspects like none other. Held over the three (3) day period April 26 – 28, the 2013 Carriacou Maroon & String Band Music Festival is ideal for those looking for a pure and culturally untamed experience.
One of the highlights of the Carriacou Maroon is the eating and sharing of the smoked food commonly consisting of rolled rice, provisions, a choice of meat and more. Whereas you will normally prepare this on a stove top and sit around a dining table, at the Carriacou Maroon Festival, the food is prepared in large pots over a fireside, shared by the villagers and just might be served in a calabash.
Another major highlight of the Carriacou Maroon & String Band Festival is its various authentic cultural performances. This tiny island comes to life with the presentations of the big drum nation dance, quadrille dances and Shakespeare Mas. It is a bit difficult not to stay fixated on the barefooted ladies with colorful head wraps and large skirts dancing vigorously to the deep sounds escalating from the big drums.
This year, additional performances come in the likes of the Black Stalin from Trinidad, the Lashing Dogs from the British Virgin Islands, the Harmonites from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Carriacou Big Drum and much more. Three days, three venues but one festival. As we say, once you have experienced the Carriacou Maroon and String Band Music Festival, your life will never be the same!
For information on getting to Carriacou, where to stay once you get here and getting around the island, visit www.carriacoumaroon.com or contact us via the details below:
Grenada Board of Tourism
Main Street, Hillsborough
Tel: 473 443 7948
Fax: 473 443 6127