If you’ ve ever spent the festive season in the Caribbean, you’ ll know how much fun it really is. Grenada has by far the most joyful and jubilant celebrations ofall the islands and this year it will be outdoing itself with a packed schedule of events – big and small, throughout high season.
New Year’ s Eve is going to be huge, with none other than reggae star Barrington Levy of ‘ Here I come’ fame playing live at the Victory Bar in Port Louis Marina.
If that isn’t reason enough to book your berth, here are some highlights of the spice island’ s social calendar that will take you beyond the marina and into the realms of pure Grenada at it’ s finest:
Festivals & Big local events
Pure Grenada Nutmeg and Spice Festival 22nd November – 7th December
The Festival will showcase the diverse ways in which the island’s spices can be used. From culinary competitions and photography exhibitions, this festival is not to be missed.
Camerhogne Folk Festival, 5th – 7th December
This is the biggest celebration of all things traditional and Grenadian.
It is a showcase to preserve a unique and exciting culture and take it out for the world to see. Experience everything from dub poetry to Creole cooking, indigenous instruments, costumes and of course – music and dance.
Carriacou Parang Festival, 19th – 21st December
There’ s never been a better time to consider cruising to Carricou, an island rich with traditional culture.
Parang has been going since 1977. The indigenous aspect of our Grenadian culture was slowing dying so the festival was established to revive and keep alive the“house to house” serenading of string bands and hosanna carol singing at night at Christmas time. Not to mention “Big Drum,”“Quadrill Dancing,”“Shakespeare Mass” and “Tombstone Feast”.
If you’ re looking for a something uniquely Grenadian combined with a fun, festive atmosphere then you must experience the Annual Carriacou Parang Festival, which attracts hundreds of visitors from across the region each year.
Sunset City Food Festival, Saturday 27th December
This community food festival takes place in Victoria, St Marks every month and has become renowned for its food and its community spirit. Established in 2007 after Hurricane Ivan ravaged the nutmeg industry and locals lost 250 jobs. Well worth a visi
Small intimate venues
•Live Band Music at Clarkes Court Cave, Fort Matthew. Thursday 11th December
•Live Music “ For the Love of Music” at Le Phare Bleu, every Friday night, beginning at 8:30pm
•Calypso BBQ night, True Blue Bay Resort, St. George Saturday 20th December
f you want something with a bit of novelty value – try the Hashing –“for drinkers with a running problem.” Seriously ridiculous fun. It happens every Saturday and will be occurring 13th, 20th and 27th December.
Beach bonfires are as mesmerising as they are relaxing, but here in Grenada they can also be magical. Catch one if you can:
•Christmas Eve Bonfire on the Beach, 24th December: Off the Hook Bar & grill are hosting, Carricou Island
•Boxing Day Bonfire on the Beach, 26th December: Savvy’s Beach Cabana is hosting, Grenada
The jewel in the crown...
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, Victory Bar, St. Georges, New Year’s Eve
On any night, you can experience open air dining located next to the water and the high life of the Port Louis Marina Village. Enjoy the romantic ambiance, the lights of St George’ s twinkling across the water and the sounds of Caribbean music floating through the air…
On New Year’ s Eve, Victory Bar goes one step further and puts on one hell of a party that gets bigger and better every year. 2015 will be seen in with a live performance from none other than reggae king, Barrington Levy.
We hope we’ve whetted your appetite for what’s going on here in Grenada, but there is so much more on offer every day of the week during high-season.Get in touch with us here at Port Louis Marina for more island information and to book a berth.