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Carnival 2019 is in the books

Tabanca has officially set in.

Bahamas Carnival 2019 was one for the books.

The weekend started with an epic concert headlined by Kes the Band, Bunji Garlin, Patrice and Dexta Daps.

Waving a Bahamian flag as he performed his feel-good, high-energy song “People”, Kes likely turned soca-resistant concertgoers into fans.

Garlin’s power soca tunes, coupled with his expert lyricism, kept the crowd hyped.

And Dexta Daps had his female fans swooning and even got one super fan to put her legs in the air, a play off his hit song “No Underwear”.

It felt like the feature night. I didn’t think the king of soca could top it. But Machel Montano was not to be outdone.

He turned in another show-stopping performance the following night – the best I’ve seen him.

It was a concert series to remember.

“I feel the concert series was a huge success,” said Jayde Knowles, lead public relations correspondent for Bahamas Carnival. “All of the artists came and put on spectacular shows. The purpose of carnival weekend is to give The Bahamas a world class event on our very own shores, and that we did. Only bigger and better from here.”

The concert series would have been enough to tide one over for the weekend, but then there were parties like Lagoon Fete, Waves and Suits that capped off a massive weekend of vibes.

The road

If your heels aren’t still a little sore, you may not have done carnival right. It was everything I said it would be, and more.

Even the threat of rain couldn’t keep the masses away.

Though some bands had their issues with costume distribution, revelers were resilient and made the best out of a bad situation by either switching bands or jumping on the line in a makeshift costume.

Thousands of Bahamians and visitors joined in on the fun this year – decorating the road with a kaleidoscope of colors, feathers, jewels and smiles.

Changing the route to take revelers past Saunders Beach added a special touch. Many took the opportunity to sink their weary feet in the water before heading to cross the stage at Arawak Cay.

And while the road march was enjoyable, there were several sore spots that require attention before the next edition rolls around.

There ought to be identified rest spots for all of the major groups. Several bands created blockages on the route due to this inefficiency.

There also needs to be better regulation of motorcycles and four wheelers on the route. Too many of them were allowed to weave through the crowd.

Given that Bahamas Carnival is just getting out of its infancy stage, it’s not surprising that there are still some issues to iron out. But as we position ourselves into a premier carnival destination, we must work on addressing these.

Until next year.

– Karnivalista 

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