Carnival Tabanca

Carnival Tabanca or as my mom says in Spanish, “Cabanga” basically means you have the frekkin BLUES!!! 
When I was a kid I HATED carnival where as my brothers LOVED carnival, why???  Where we lived Colon, Panama it was all about the Diablos (Devils) & my bros got to make their own diablos masks & harass people in the skreets.  I’m sure somewhere else they were celebrating Pretty Mas, but I didn’t get to see much of that.  I was literally afraid to leave to house during carnival cause the streets were full of diablos and I’m a scary chica, even the commercials for scary movies scare the ish outta me.  All the pix below are courtesy of my cousin Indira in Colon this carnival. The lil red dots on the blurry pic of the streets are diablos running amuck. Don't ask me WTF is going on with that half naked woman, guess her shirt fell down while running from a diablo???

But now I Love Love Love carnival!!!  After Miami carnival in October I go into hibernation.  Back to normal life of work, school, being a mom, not traveling, regular Atlanta nightlife and stockpiling $$ for Trinidad Carnival.  I am very content with being in non carnival mode until Trinidad carnival rolls around, after Trindiad the carnival fever sets in and I start foaming at the mouth. I just want more more more!!!  
I got the International Carnival Calendar off (some of the dates are wrong so do ur research b4 u book) and I’m sitting here trying to decide what carnivals I’m going to attend this year. I must attend at least 4 carnivals to maintain my sanity and to also keep the year round motivation to work out.   2012 I did Trinidad, Atlanta, Houston, Toronto & Miami.  2011 I did Trinidad, Atlanta, DC, Toronto & Miami.  I’ve already knocked out Trinidad, and Miami is a must so what shall the other 2 or 3 carnivals be???  I’m thinking I want to do Crop Over this year, now if I can just talk some of the homies into going with me. A friend said I should do ATI weekend in Jamaica in August instead. *Decisions decisions*
I don’t get a costume for all the carnivals I attend and I decided to design my own costume for one of these carnivals. I'm really excited about designing my own costume, the sketch looks great, now if I can only make my vision come to life.  Ima skip a head piece cause I’m really not that big on head pieces, my last few carnivals I gave my headpiece away early in the day.  I’m sure the people in my Trinidad band thought I was a weirdo cause I had my headpiece on backwards, yes I went thru the trouble off adding more feathers & other details (cause it looked pretty BLAH) only to wear it backwards.  Below... In my hotel working on my headpiece the nite b4 carnival

Now to finalize the 2013 carnival schedule!!!  Plan early people!!! 
International Carnival Calendar
Jan 5-Feb 12th, 2013Curaçao Carnival (Fudeka)
Jan 27th -Feb 12th, 2013Aruba
Febr 18-25th, 2013Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Feb 11th & 12th, 2013Panama City, Panama
Feb 11th & 12th, 2013Trinidad & Tobago
Feb 11th & 12th, 2013Dominica
Feb 12th, 2013New Orleans, LA
Feb 10th -12th, 2013Haiti Carnival (Kanaval)
Apr 3-8th, 2013Bacchanal Jamaica
Apr 19th -May 2, 2013St. Maarten
April 22-28th, 2013St. Thomas (V.I)
June 9th, 2013Tampa, FL
July, 2013Atlantic City Carnival
May 26th, 2013Honduras
May, 2013Pt. Fortin Borough Day
May 5th, 2013Cayman Islands (Batabano)
May 22-24, 2013Bermuda (Junkanoo)
May 27-30, 2013Georgia Carnival (Dekalb)
May 25th, 2013Atlanta, GA
May 27-30, 2013Orlando, FL
May 26-27, 2013San Francisco, CA
May 25th – 28th, 2013Berlin (Germany)
June, 2013Calgary (Carifest), AB, Canada
June 14-16th, 2013Charleston Carifest Charleston, SC
June, 2013Philadelphia, PA
June 16th, 2013West Palm Beach, FL
June 29-Jul 10th, 2013St. Vincent & The Grenadines
July, 2013St. John (V.I)
June 29-July 4, 2013Houston, TX (Caribfest)
July, 2013Montreal, Canada (Carifest)
July 13-14, 2013Baltimore/Washington Carnival 
July, May 28-July 17th 2013St. Lucia
July, 2013Jersey City, NJ
July 21st, 2013Atlantic City, NJ
July 23-24, 2013Vancouver, BC
July 27-28, 2013Rotterdam (Zomer Carnival)
July 27-Aug 6th, 2013Antigua Carnival
Aug 7th 2013Antigua
Jul 28- Aug 7, 2013Anguilla Summer Festival
Aug 1-4th, 2013ScotiabankToronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana)
Aug 1-5, 2013Barbados (Crop Over)
Aug, 2013Tortola Carnival (BVI)
Aug, 2013Nevis (Culturama)
Aug, 2013Norfolk, Virginia
Aug 5-6-, 2013Hamilton, Canada
Aug 5-6-, 2013Edmonton (Cariwest)
Aug 5-6-, 2013Detroit, MI
Aug, 2013Hartford (Connecticut)
Aug, 2013Ottawa (Caribe-Expo)
Aug 4-14th, 2013Grenada (Spice Mas)
Aug 17th, 2013Virginia CaribFest Carnival
Aug 25-26, 2013Chicago, IL (Carifete)
Aug 24th-25th, 2013Boston, MA
Aug 26-27, 2013Notting Hill (London, UK)
Sep 1-5, 2013New York (Labor Day)
Sep 13- 16th, 2013Jacksonville Carnival
Oct 13th, 2013Miami Carnival, FL
Oct 20th, 2013Los Angeles Carnival Road Show
Nov 8-18th, 2013Cayman Pirates Week
Dec 14-Jan 1, 2013Monserratt
Dec 15-Jan 2, 2013St. Kitts
Dec 19-Jan 2, 2013St.Croix (V.I)
Dec 26 & Jan 1, 2013Bahamas (Junkanoo


  1. LOL.. I'm really surprised you like Jouvert.. since you're sooooooo scared of the Diablos...

    1. I love the diablos costumes at other carnivals cause they dont freely chase & whip & party goers. In Panama the diablos have free rein to do whatever they like.

  2. LOl yea some of the dates are wrong...They will figure it out...
    Nice Post!