For those who may not be soca fans or just don’t know what we mean by “fogging up the place” …it actually goes back to an old practice in Trinidadian carnival where powder is ‘thrown’ (for want of a better word) while they are revelling in the streets and yes it “fogs up the place”.. Machel Montano even sang about it in his song “The Fog”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7VqrosyDjM
Sunday April 7 the Soca season came to a close in Jamaica with the Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival – this year’s theme was “Le Masquerade” and saw more colourful, more extravagant and of course more skimpy costumes to celebrate Bacchanal Jamaica’s 25th year of existence.
Several events in the Bacchanal series led up to the ultimate fete … Bacchanal Fridays opened on February 15, 2013 at the New Mas Camp (at the National Stadium) and did not disappoint patrons, even though it clashed with the ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Althetics Championships (see post here: https://whereinja.wordpress.com/2013/03/12/champs-fever-2013/) and the CONCACAF Round World Cup Qualifier between Jamaica and Panama.
The Bacchanal Socacise series opened on February 18, 2013 to get participants in shape and ready for the Carnival Road March which was a longer route this year.
The Smirnoff sponsored Bacchanal Beach J’ouvert, held on March 30, 2013 at James Bond Beach in St.Mary was a warm-up to the biggest and perhaps most important events for the Carnival/ Soca season: J’ouvert and the Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival Road March.
With other Soca events in between (not sponsored by the Bacchanal franchise) including I Love Soca, Soca in the City, Island Mas Soca Village, Fantastic Friday, Soca vs Dancehall, Sunrise Breakfast Party and many many others the season was kicked into high gear.
The infectious Soca music caused involuntary gyration as the genre moved through the Jamaican party scene, taking over for 2 whole months… The penultimate event: the Bacchanal J’ouvert was held on April 5, with another sponsored by Lime : Pandemonium”. Patrons were left in a spot of bother, having to choose between Soca sensation, Machel Montano and International recording artiste, Shaggy at Pandemonium and the Soca Princess, Destra Garcia, at Bacchanal J’ouvert…but it was all fun when they marched unto the streets in the ‘wee’ hours of the morning with alcohol and lots of paint flowing.
With 13 costume bands to choose from, carnival lovers converged at the New Mas Camp to pick up costumes and make final adjustments a week before the big event and on Sunday, April 7, 2013 it would be a bitter-sweet day for Soca lovers as the curtains closed on the season.
Revellers took to the streets, ready to start marching by 10 a.m.
The final day to frolic to Soca music wearing almost nothing …
People from all over the country, Caribbean region and the World came to Jamaica to participate in this unique experience… See you next year !
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Photographs were provided by the noted photographer, Adrian Creary. Like his Facebook page – Adrian Creary Photography: http://www.facebook.com/AdrianCrearyPhotography and visit his website: www.adriancreary.com