Following a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Barbuda’s popular Caribana Festival is set for a grand return.
The four-day celebration of culture, music, and pageantry is usually held over the Whit weekend. It will be staged this year between June 3 and 6, under the theme “Reviving our Culture Needs Me and You, Barbuda Caribana 2022.”
Speaking of the highly anticipated festival, Jezette Davis, Culture Coordinator in Barbuda’s Tourism, Sports, and Culture Department, says the weekend promises to be one full of excitement, food, drinks, music, and many other activities.
The festival will include calypso and soca events, and residents and visitors will be able to indulge in Barbuda’s famed seafood specialties.
Caribana activities will include the Little Mr. and Miss Barbuda on June 3; the Johnny Desuza Fishing Tournament & Beach Bash on June 4; Horse Race & Calypso Melting Pot on June 5; and, to end the festivities on June 6, the J’ouvert, Food Fair & Marketplace.
Many people are looking forward to the event in order to enjoy Barbuda’s pink-sand beaches, turquoise waters, magnificent Frigatebird Sanctuary, and laid-back lifestyle, which, for years, have been an attraction for visitors.
Accordingly, Maria Blackman, Marketing Communications Manager in the Tourism Authority, says, “Those arriving in Barbuda for the Whit weekend will be drawn into the vibrant celebrations and revel in the feel-good vibes that will surround Caribana City during the festival.”