We recently visited Antigua during the Antigua carnival 2019 period and what a fantastic time we had! We kicked things off with their ‘Tshirt Mas’ with Insane Mas Band which was absolutely incredible. We then attended a few of the carnival events during the week leading up to carnival including Drue’s Day. Taking place at the Antigua Recreation Grounds, Drue’s Day was a fantastic concert style event by Ricardo Drue and featured many international and local artists. On the Monday morning of carnival, we attended jouvert with More Mess band who had Asa Bantan & Triple Kay with a live band on their music truck. We had a sensational time and this led us into Carnival Monday, followed by Carnival Tuesday & Las Lap.
Essentially, Antigua Carnival consists of 3 ‘parade’ days where bands take to the streets followed by energetic revellers. Antigua Carnival is really like no other, it contains children’s bands, dance troupes, traditional style mas bands, trucks with live bands & of course the ever popular ‘pretty mas’ style bands. We heard new 2019 soca but also soca from years before. There was a nice blend of music from all parts of the Caribbean including plenty of local Antiguan soca too! It was such an incredibly refreshing and enjoyable experience, we really can’t fault it. Below you can see some of the beautiful and vibrant costumes that were on the road on carnival Tuesday of Antigua Carnival 2019. Antigua Carnival it was a pleasure, we will definitely be back!