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Spicemas Carnival Returns to Grenada

by Katie Skrzek

Jun 23, 2022

© Grenada Tourism Authority


The annual Spicemas Carnival returns to Grenada, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The festival takes place Aug. 8–9, with a variety of events in the days and weeks prior.



© Grenada Tourism Authority


Spicemas offers travelers a celebration of Grenadian culture and the country’s African, French, British and Caribbean heritage. On the Thursday and Friday before carnival, also known as Fantastic Thursday and Bacchanal Friday, Grenada’s top calypsonians, power soca and groovy soca artists compete for the coveted titles of Calypso, Soca and Groovy Monarch. On Pantastic Saturday, steel drum bands compete for Panorama Champion. On Sunday, travelers experience a Canboulay community event.


The Spicemas activities culminate Aug. 8 and 9, with the carnival celebration. On Monday, revelers adorned in paint, oil, tar, mud, molasses or chocolate make their way to the J’ouvert parade. Participants dressed in devil-inspired attire, also known as Jab-Jabs, parade through the streets chanting and beating drums as a tribute to their ancestors. Spicemas bands travel the parade route throughout the day and into the night. Carnival Tuesday features the Parade of the Bands, with partygoers dressed in full costumes.



© Grenada Tourism Authority


“We are thrilled by the return of Spicemas this summer. It is undoubtedly a highlight of the year for locals and visitors alike, showcasing the best entertainment and culture that Grenada has to offer. We look forward to welcoming revellers who return year after year and first timers for this unique and all-immersive event,” said Petra Roach, CEO, Grenada Tourism Authority.


For a full listing of events, visit the website.


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