Antigua to launch Summer Festival Carnival 2023, features D-Warm Up 

Antigua and Barbuda is all set to launch "The Caribbean's Greatest Summer Festival", Antigua's Carnival 2023 on April 15

Antigua to launch Summer Festival Carnival 2023, features D-Warm Up 
Antigua to launch Summer Festival Carnival 2023, features D-Warm Up  Image Credits: Antigua Carnival Facebook Page

Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua and Barbuda is all set to launch “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival”, Antigua’s Carnival 2023 on April 15 at Rising Suns Grounds. The Ministry of Education, Sports, and Creative Industries extended a special invitation to participate in the iconic Launch of Antigua’s Carnival. 

This magnificent event will take place on Saturday, April 15 2023, unfolding in a stage extravaganza. 

T-Shirt Mas commencing at 2 pm sharp. The Ministry of Creative Industries of Antigua and Barbuda are invited the Masqueraders to wear their old Mas shirts from previous years. The parade will be held from the Old House of Culture on Parliament Drive and it will turn right onto Queen Elizabeth Highway, right onto Independence Drive, left onto Redcliffe Street, Right onto Thames Street, Right onto High Street, Up Factory Road and Right onto Parliament Drive for the climax summer festival. 

STARTING AT: OLD HOUSE OF CULTURE ON PARLIAMENT DRIVE

Lunch Concert commencing at 6 pm at the Rising Sun Grounds. Patrons will be treated to a diverse cultural story encapsulating our cultural elements along with features from the 2022 winners’ circle. Mas, Pan, Soca, and Calypso will be prominently featured.

The evening’s highlight is the début of our 2023 Queen of Carnival Contestants. Ministry is encouraging Vendors who wish to ply their trade at the Launch to register, as this will be on a first-come basis as space is limited. Vendors are also reminded that absolutely no drinks should be sold in breakable bottles. This is customary to avoid any broken bottles being deposited onto the field

The Ministry and Creative Industries of Antigua and Barbuda remains thankful by the support of the public, artists and service providers.

The countdown is on for the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival under the Theme MAS. MUSIC. CREATIVITY. Antigua Carnival 2023 which will be staged from July 27 to August 8 2023. 13 consecutive days of NONSTOP Events, will include the Parties, Stage Shows, 3 days of the BEST Mas, Music, Pageantry and so much MORE. 

The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival”, has officially begun. The Ministry of Education, Sports, and Creative Industries invited the people and stated that registration is currently open, for the following disciplines and competitions:

1. Vendors and Booth Operators

2. Mr. & Miss Teenage Pageant

3. Junior Carnival (Mas)

4. Junior Calypso

5. Junior Party Monarch

6. J’ouvert Troupes

7. Mas Troupes

8. T-Shirt Mas Troupes

9. Individual Mas

10. Monday Wear

11. Carnival Floats

12. Calypso Tents

13. Calypso Monarch

14. Party Monarch

The person who is interested in participating in Carnival 2023 can obtain forms daily, Monday to Thursday, between the hours of 9:00 am to 3:30 pm and Fridays, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Forms may be obtained from any of the Ministry’s three (3) locations:

● The Department of Creative Industries Office on Old Parham Road – 562 9605/06.

● The Department of Creative Industries Office on Redcliffe Street (formerly the Festivals Office) – 462 4707.

● The Department of Creative Industries, Cultural Unit on Lower Nevis Street – 462 5644.

The deadline for ALL Carnival Competitions and Calypso Tents is Monday May 15, 2023; meanwhile, Vendor and Booth Operators registration concludes on Friday July 3.