Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Grenada's SpiceMas Carnival

Deep-rooted tradition, lively parties, flavourful foods and time spent with friends and family, these are all elements of Grenada’s annual summer festivals.

What better way to immerse yourself in Grenada’s vibrant culture than by visiting this eastern Caribbean island during one of its many events or festivals? This summer, come out and “lime” with the locals during Fisherman’s Birthday Celebrations, the Carriacou Regatta or Carnival. Home to some of the friendliest people in the Caribbean, there is no better way to experience true Grenadian spirit.

“Our annual festivals and events are an important part of our local lifestyle,” said Simon Stiell, director of tourism for the Grenada Board of Tourism. “We warmly welcome and encourage all visitors to Grenada who are interested in joining us for these exciting celebrations.”

Throughout the coming months, the following festivals and special events will be taking place in Grenada:

Greens 11th Annual Father’s Day Bicycle Race – June 18th, 2011
Known as the ‘Best cycling event in the Caribbean with the best location,’ this Father’s Day race consists of two days of cycling and three events across eight categories.

Fisherman’s Birthday Celebrations – June 29th, 2011
This annual event is one giant street party in the town of Gouyave, Grenada’s fishing capital. Fisherman’s Birthday marks the Feast of St. Peter, the Patron Saint of Fishermen.

Fun filled activities including boat races and tug of war take place throughout the day and finish with fireworks at midnight.

Carricou, Grenada's boat-building centre
46th Annual Carriacou Regatta – July 24th to August 2nd, 2011
What began in 1965 as a local boat race using traditional fishing workboats, has evolved into a major Caribbean event. Participants from many neighbouring islands such as Tobago, Martinque, Antigua and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, make their way over for this exciting event. Skilled sailors compete in boats ranging in size from 14 to 35 feet.

A number of other events take place throughout the festival, making for an exciting week for the entire family. For more information visit www.carriacouregatta.com

Carnival Monday and Carnival Tuesday – August 8th and 9th, 2011
Carnival, or SpiceMas, in Grenada is one of the liveliest festivals of the year and is certainly a memorable experience. This public holiday brings all types of revelers out for this massive two-day street party. Masqueraders flood the streets and dance to the sounds of carnival melodies, provided by steelbands and DJs.

The summer is a lively time on the island and a variety of events take place in the lead-up to Carnival. For more information on Carnival, visit www.spicemasgrenada.com

A visit to Grenada over the coming months will provide more than your typical Caribbean getaway. Idyllic white-sand beaches, lush jungle and delicious food, coupled with lively festivals and events help to create an unforgettable summer vacation.

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At May 24, 2011 at 2:19 PM , Blogger LBJ said...

I have been doing some travelling with my Montague folding bike. I'd love to make it down to Grenada for that Father's Day race - it looks so beautiful.

At December 4, 2011 at 6:27 PM , Blogger Adrianne said...


Can you please post more pictures that shows Grenada's rich history? I would like to know more about Grenada. Thank you!

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