Easter Carnival, Jamaica

Festival Essentials

When: One of the most famous carnival events is Bacchanal  in Kingston on Wednesday 30 March.
Where: Kingston, Ocho Rios & Montego Bay, Jamaica
Remember to bring: Carnival costume and your dancing shoes
Best enjoyed for: Street parties and endless musical grooves – soca, reggae & calypso

The island’s biggest cultural celebration takes place at Easter time in Kingston, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, and includes flamboyantly costumed groups which parade and dance in the streets. Soca parties, reggae and calypso bands are just some of the events to look forward to. Top performers come from Trinidad, Tobago and elsewhere in the Caribbean.


Since being introduced in the late 1980s, by Byron Lee of the Dragonnaires, the carnival has become an established event and a promotional tool for Jamaican tourism.

Past acts have included  The Mighty Sparrow, The Mighty Duke and Trinidad & Tobago Road March Monarch Show. Amongst the stars, you can expect to see Sanelle Dempster, Ronnie Mckintosh, Edwin Yearwood and Iwer George and many more.

One of the major events for carnival week is vintage meets soca, which in the past have hosted David Rudder, Marvin Brooks among others, while the line-up for the Calypso Tent has included  Montserratian, The Mighty Arrow.


One of the most famous carnival events is Bacchanal Jamaica’s J’ouvert in Kingston on Friday, April 25 2014.

Your Guide on what to expect in Jamaica for Easter Carnival 2014 – A Local’s perspective.

Official Site for the Jamaica Carnival 2014
Facebook Page – Bacchanal Jamaica