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Thread: Feb 26 Carnival Grand Parade (downtown)

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    Feb 26 Carnival Grand Parade (downtown)


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    We went a few years ago. It's quite the event!



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    We leave Aruba on the 26th, do you think it make getting to the airport much harder?

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    if you are cabbing it, the driver will go the back way as it will be impossible the usual way.
    you'll be fine if you are in a cab.


    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    We leave Aruba on the 26th, do you think it make getting to the airport much harder?

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    Has Carnival on Aruba always been just one day? Could have sworn that it went till the day before Ash Wednesday. Hoping to make it over to Aruba one of these years to experience their Carnival, where it is still steeped in the tradition of its origins; and hopefully will not become like the Carnival in Brazil or T&T. Where the costumes are bikini's with either feathers, beads, feathers and beads or body paint.

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    There are lots of smaller celebrations leading up to the big Sunday Parade but thats the one day main event for sure. The Monday after the Grand Parade is a National Holiday, we were told it's for a day of rest after the celebrations. Our very first trip to the island we had no idea we were arriving on Carnival weekend. It was an electric atmosphere. We didn't go downtown but that Sunday night at Moomba was awesome. People were still in costumes or carrying their masks.

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    I know that they have concerts, Carnival Queen Competitions( Junior and Senior), Calypso and Soca Competitions, the Electric Light Parade( which looks really awesome) etc. The different areas tend to have their own mini-carnival parades for the kids( San Nicholas, Noord, Santa Cruz, Savaneta, etc), one of the most popular events on the entire island has to be the Jouvert Celebration in San Nicholas which starts sometime around 3:00 am and goes till 8:00 am/ 9:00am. And there is the grand parade in Oranjestad, glad to know that they do get the Monday off before returning to work and school on Tuesday. Sure beats partying till Tuesday then having to go back out to work and school on Ash Wednesday.

    Hopefully the One Caribbean Channel/Network will air the current Carnival celebration on Aruba instead of coverage from 2015.

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    When we were on the island we watched on TV with the bartenders at the lobby bat at Holiday Inn, so I'm sure it will be aired on some channel. Hopefully you will be able to watch, Vallon. It was a great experience watching with a native Aruban who shared a lot about the customs. We felt bad that he was working instead of celebrating with family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    When we were on the island we watched on TV with the bartenders at the lobby bar at Holiday Inn ... It was a great experience watching with a native Aruban who shared a lot about the customs.
    What a good idea. Mary wants us to go again this year. I'll never forget the last Carnival Parade we went to. Were located at the bridge next to the Ren, for hours. Couldn't wait for the parade to get there, and once arrived couldn't wait for it to end. Scorching heat, and the music was so loud it cavitated our chests!!!

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