Imagine the sun on your shoulders, sweat on your brow, music in your heart, and the spirit in your feet. You are dancing on the road with no worries and no sleep; surrounded by thousands singing at the top of their lungs. Your eyes behold glorious costumes of the women and men playing mas. This is a celebration of life and new beginnings. Welcome to Bacchanal Jamaica!
An intense hurricane prevented a group of carnival enthusiasts, who called themselves The Oakridge Boys, from making their annual trip to attend Trinidad Carnival. Out of their disappointment, a new idea was born that has now grown into one of the top, most exuberant carnival experiences on the planet for adults and children of all ages!
Later in 2000 three carnival groups formed Bacchanal Jamaica – Pretty Mas groups Oakridge Boys who had their first carnival in 1989, and Revellers who had previously been a band in Jamaica carnival since 1994 and Jouvert proponents Raiders whose first fete was in 1995.
Bacchanal Jamaica has become the main facet of Carnival in Jamaica’s season and continues to grow from strength to strength, commanding thousands of fun lovers, soca junkies and celebrities to participate, celebrate and spread ‘one love’. Bacchanal Jamaica was not birthed to compete with the jewel that is Trinidad’s Carnival. Bacchanal was created to bring its own unique gems of energy, flavour and culture that are Jamaica to the all-encompassing crown of carnival season.
Bacchanal’s annual program for 2019 kicks off in November 2018 and then continues to its rhythmic climax on the weekend after Easter. Revelers eagerly anticipate the schedule which sees Bacchanal band launch in early November and the opening of the Mas Camp in February 2019, with weekly revelling leading to the climax of Beach J’ouvert, Bacchanal J’ouvert and, of course, the Road March.
Unlike many of the carnivals held throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, Jamaica kicks off its carnival week after Lent on Easter Saturday. This week is jam packed with activities every night until the Road March grande finale on the following weekend.
Over the years Bacchanal Jamaica has brought in outstanding Caribbean entertainers such as Machel Montano, Destra, Kes, Bunji Garlin, Fayann Lyons, Kerwin Dubois, Ricardo Drue, 5 Star Akil, Alison Hinds, Skinny Fabulous, Shurwayne Winchester, Imij and Co and many more.
Bacchanal Jamaica has evolved into a dedicated ’family’ that invests hundreds of hours into designing distinct, innovative costumes that complement a custom annual theme. Our team also brings the same intensity, vigour, and passion to the creation and execution of every event and party. For 2019 Bacchanal Jamaica is ready to take on new beginnings, new experiences, and new life in 2019. We are taking carnival to a new level. Join us!