Written by Kaylyn Bodden



The season of Carnival (Karnaval) is here! In Bonaire, the year kicks off with Karnaval. Visitors to the island during the months of January, February or March will enjoy this unique season of events. After the official opening of the Karnaval period, the first events are the Tuba festivals – one for the children and one for adults.

This a serious competition for those involved in Bonaire’s cultural music, as the winners of each completion will be spotlighted in each of the ending parades. Tumba is a musical form native to the ABC islands. It is of African origin, although the music has developed since it was first introduced on the island centuries ago.

Jump-ins also occur during this time. Jump-ins are events which take place in public areas and there is a profusion of music, dancing or just following the crowd, eating and drinking. Onlookers are welcome to “jump in” and join in on the festivities as crowds move down the street, dancing to music.

The final parades are the favourite of many. Traditionally, the adult parades are tied to the timing of Ash Wednesday.

This year the Grand Karnaval Parade, which is the adult parade, takes place on Saturday 10th February in Rincon and Sunday 11th February in Kralendijk.

For more information on other events surrounding Karnaval in Bonaire, please visit https://www.infobonaire.com/


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