MY HOLLYWOOD CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL 2019 EXPERIENCE
This being my second year attending the Hollywood carnival, I believe I am qualified and very correct when I say this is one of the top events in Los Angeles.
This year saw exciting and energetic performances from performers such as Alex Boye whose stage presence is a 100% on the mark, Machel Montano who has in my opinion never had an off performance and then Michael Blackson in his robe and slippers.
I’m more familiar with the Boston and NYC Caribbean carnivals so when I heard of the one in California I knew I had to attend it. Imagine my excitement when I found out that the Californian (Hollywood) carnival was much more fun than I had anticipated. My Caribbeans in California know how to throw the party of the year if I do say so myself!
Once the ribbon was cut by the Grand Marshall and the Parade Queen, there was no holding back from anyone in sight including on lookers who decided to join in by dancing with the masqueraders. This was definitely my best part of the Hollywood carnival as that image of everyone singing along to songs from different Caribbean genres, dressed in costumes and dancing together was the perfect representation of “love and unity, one big family, togetherness” lyrics to one of the best Soca songs written by Square One.
Asides the music and dancing at the parade, the Hollywood carnival cultural village which was our next stop after the parade had a spread of many Caribbean delicacies from various vendors.
A random discovery I made at the Hollywood carnival was the similarity between the Haitian flag and the Belizian flag when folded. I can’t tell of how many times I walked up to a Belizian speaking creole to them thinking they were Haitian.
Some images from the event below: