Took a road trip down to Jacksonville carnival last weekend & it was awesome. It’s really sad how many people aren’t aware of all the fabulous Caribbean events so close to home… either they don’t know, don’t show or don’t care about what’s going on in de hood. Yeah yeah I stole that from Boyz n The Hood. It’s amazing how smoothly the smaller festivals flow, the bigger the festival the more chaotic it is. The backdrop of the Jacksonville parade & festival was amazing, we were along the water from start to finish & there was amazing breeze that kept us cool even with all the rum & palancing.
I guess for those that can only travel once or twice a year it’s worthwhile to wait until the big events in the Caribbean, Toronto, NY, Miami, Atlanta, etc. But if you are like me & on the road year round anyway, why not plan your trips around the Caribbean festivals in Jacksonville, New Orleans, Charlotte, Tampa, Orlando, DC, LA, Houston, Virginia, etc as well?!?!
I fell in love with Jacksonville ♥♥ the city is beautiful, the beaches are amazing, the people are awesome, the distance is Not Bad & the nightlife was refreshing. I dunno how to say this without offending anyone so I’m just gonna say it dammit. Ok so, I refer to my Caribbean peeps that are new to the US as “straight off de boat” … a lot of times the best clubs with the best music are the gulliest, filled with people that are straight off de boat & some have no behavior, cause they don’t know people are a tad bit more reserved in the US. Other clubs where people have behavior sometimes you find the patrons are just too darn uppity for their own good & you just want to hand everyone a shot so they can chillax. But in Jacksonville I got the best of both worlds.
New Orleans has their Annual Caribbean Festival early Nov, but sadly I have a schedule conflict & cannot attend, but if you are in the area You Should http://www.bayoubacchanal.org/
|I love this guy, so far I have seen him at the Charlotte, Atlanta & now Jacksonville carnival|
I love these smaller carnivals because this is how I pass on my ♥passion♥ to my daughter. She cannot join me at the big carnivals, cause thats when I'm Straight Off De Boat wit NO BEHAVIOR...Wheepaa!! lmao a phrase I haven't heard in years but a lady in Jacksonville yelled to me from her car "Panamaaaaa Wheepaa" and it made me smile :-)