Antigua hosts J’ouvert, Carnival after a two year absence


Thousands of revelers are celebrating the return of carnival in Antigua and Barbuda with the traditional J’ouvert. It started shortly before 5 a.m with at least 6 parades, notably among them the Dominica Band.

The activities paused for two years owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An estimated 20,000 carnival lovers took part in jouvert with an additional 10,000 spectators.

The Carnival’s major activities have begun on Wednesday, June 27, and they will be concluding on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.

“Experience Greatness – Again!” is the Carnival’s theme. After a two-year suspension from the summer event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government resumed the Carnival.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022: The audience has already witnessed two major activities on the first day of Carnival 2022, which are as follows:

  • The Opening of the Carnival was the first major event.
  • The Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show was the second event. (Miss St Kitts and Nevis, Nekirah Nicholls, has become the 59th Jaycees Queen.)

Thursday, July 28, 2022: The audience witnessed one significant event on the second day of the Carnival 2022, which was as follows:

  • The second day’s event was titled Melting Pot.
  • Friday, July 29, 2022: The following primary event was seen by the public on the third day of the Carnival 2022:
  • Calypso Monarch Competition was the first competition.

Saturday, July 30, 2022: The audience glimpsed one major event on the fourth day of the Carnival 2022, which was as follows:

  • The Panorama Competition was the title of the primary event on the fourth day.

Sunday, July 31, 2022: The audience will witness two major events on the fifth day of the Carnival 2022, which are as follows:

  • The Party Monarch Competition will be the day’s first significant event.
  • On the 5th day of the Carnival of Antigua, the Emancipation Watch Night celebration will take place as the second event.

Monday, August 1, 2022: The following four major events will be seen by the public on the sixth day of the Carnival 2022:

  • Emancipation Day will be the first activity.
  • J’ouvert will be the title of the second event.
  • Culture and Cuisine will be the title of the third event.
  • On Carnival Monday, the fourth event will take place.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022: The audience will witness two major events on the final day of the Carnival 2022, which are as follows:

  • The Parade of the Bands is the first activity from the day before.
  • The last lap will be the second event from the previous day. (WIC NEWS)

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  1. J’ouvert was rammed into 8 city blocks. I wonder if that was such a good idea in these days of COVID

  2. The government officials said to enjoy J’Ouvert while social distancing protocols should be observed. Drinking and jamming, nudity and alcohol use is encouraged.

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