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Bacchanal in Jamaica is the famous Caribbean island's version of
the carnival events that take place across the world throughout the
year, most notably the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival that draws huge
crowds to the Port of Spain each year. In Jamaica, the capital of Kingston
is the focal point of the celebrations, with a number of carnival events
leading up to the Road March which is the climax of the celebrations,
taking place around Easter time each year.
Jamaica Bacchanal has been taking place since 1989, making it a relatively recent addition to the Caribbean's thriving carnival scene, but it continues to grow in popularity each year, drawing a cavalcade of music, costumes and colour out onto the streets of Kingston for a party that lasts for several weeks.
The main events schedules for this year are:
15 April: Beach Jouvert at James Bond Beach
19 April: Pre-Mas Revellers Fete
21 April: Bacchanal Jouvert and Road March
23 April: Bacchanal Road Parade
You can find a map of the parade route for the Bacchanal Road March here.
There isn't a great deal of live coverage available for the Bacchanal
in Jamaica as yet, although there is likely to be local radio and TV
stations at the road march ar the very least. We'll post any live stream
links we manage to find right here.
The official site do have a very good video section however, so at the very least you should be able to catch up with the main events after the event:
If you're in Jamaica for any of the Bacchanal events then as always it is advisable to make your reservations well in advance.
You can check out availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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