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It has typically been the perception that carnival was brought to Jamaica in 1990; however it was the previous year that saw over 300 revellers hitting the streets of Kingston to partake in the very first carnival parade by the Oakridge Boys. Unable to get their yearly T&T carnival “fix”, the resourceful posse decided to bring the fun to them. Thus it was a bright Sunday morning in 1989 on which Jamaica was treated to the first Mas parade, “Paradise” by the Oakridge Boys, Carnival in Jamaica was born!

Throughout the years, Jamaica has seen the emergence of inventive Mas Bands whom have imprinted their special touch to making Carnival in Jamaica unlike any other. When the group Revellers introduced their Pretty Mas costumes, Kingston was treated to striking designs in rich and vibrant colors rivaling those of any other island. Many of their costumes were and still are designed and manufactured right here in Jamaica. Another group who has shaped Carnival in Jamaica is the Midnight Raider’s Crew. Pioneering J'ouvert in Jamaica; some 13 years later the sight of thousands of paint covered masqueraders dancing through the streets of Kingston at 3am in the morning during the Bacchanal J'ouvert road march still amazes many.

The year 2001 marked another milestone for carnival in the island as these three top bands, Oakridge, Revellers and Raiders, merged into the dynamic entity now known as Bacchanal Jamaica. Now the leading Mas Band in the island with signature events, Bacchanal Jamaica still strives to continuously improve upon the carnival experience. Boasting an all-inclusive band, live entertainment on the road, and impeccable security Bacchanal Jamaica promises to deliver more fun, more fetes and even more Bacchanal.


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SincexCarnival was introduced to Jamaica, it quickly took root on this fun-loving island to become one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Now one of the biggest events on the island, the festival includes two months of near non-stop partying and attracts crowds in excess of 100,000 to some of the bigger events. The fun and frivolity are not limited to Kingston, although this is where the grand Road Parade and many of the main events take place. Montego Bay, Negril and practically every corner of the island get in on the act at some time over the carnival period, with most events taking place during Easter week. Jamaica takes the essence of Trinidad carnival and adds variations of its own. Carnival kicks off with Beach Jouvert and ends with the Road March, a costumed street parade where revellers enjoy soca, calypso and reggae music.


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In 2017 "XAYMACA" was introduced to the world, bringing a totally new experience FOR Carvnival in Jamaica. Put together by some of the largest brands in carnival out of Jamaica, Xaymaca International teamed with Trinidad and Tobago’s premier carnival band, TRIBE.


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In 2017 came Xodus Carnival​, a new premium carnival band in Jamaica. It is a merger between Jamaica’s leading entertainment tourism company Dream Entertainment Limited and one of Trinidad’s premier carnival Bands Y.U.M.A (Young Upwardly Moving Adults). Xodus plans to expand and redefine carnival in Jamaica through excellent service and a premium experience from our fetes to on the road.


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Related Information
Bacchanal Jamaica (Mas Band)
Byron Lee's Jamaica Carnival (Mas Band)
Xaymaca International (Mas Band)
Xodus Carnival (Mas Band)
Carnival In Jamaica



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