BARBUDA CARIBANA 2017
Brief Caribana History
Antigua had a wonderful summer festival, but Barbuda had nothing – no festival to call our own. So in 1984, a Committee was formed and Caribana was born.
The Organizing Committee selected a number of beautiful, shy Barbudans for the local Queen’s Pageant, and Ms. Cleofoster Lewis was adjudged the first Caribana Queen (1984) and Vernon “Goldie Locks” Glass was the first Caribana Calypso King of Barbuda.
In the planning stages, the same format as Antigua’s Carnival was introduced. Many Antiguans volunteered their talents, time and assistance and Whit week-end no longer belonged to Montserrat where most Antiguans went for years.
During the street parade, the Afro-Caribbean heritage was very prominent in a lot of the costumes that were displayed, and the spirit of Carnival was very present among the revellers.