Embracing Our ROOTS – Colours in Africa

Partyyyy Time! 

Where I’m from we use every excuse to party, and it just so happens that summer is known for one of our biggest festivals: CARNIVAL.

Carnival is simply a celebration of our emancipation from slavery. It was birthed from a time when slavery was abolished and people took to the streets in celebrations. They continued this for several years and eventually turned it into a festival in which people can learn about and appreciate. Carnival usually takes place throughout the last week of July and the first week of August; there’s a queen show, calypso show, soca show and panorama competition.  However, as another tradition there are various pre-fetes leading up to Carnival. This one is COLOURS.

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COLOURS is hosted by the Rotary Club of Antigua whose main goal is giving back to the community. Therefore, proceeds from the party will be given back to a charity. Every year there’s a different theme and this year it happened to be African themed! What a coincidence right given all what’s going on in the media today with #BlackLivesMatter. I for one was happy with the theme selection, because I’ve recently fell in love with prints.

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“Just because we’re magic, does not mean we’re not real.”

That’s my best friend, that’s my best friend….We both got our outfits made by a seamstress, and they came out pretty awesome. Don’t ya think? Opted out of a matching pants for so many reasons, but the look still came together.

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We’ll just skip my whole outfit drama and jump right into the party *which we arrived two hours late for*. Parking was crazy but thankfully we found a little spot close to the entrance; made it through the line fairly quickly, snapped a few pictures, then went on to enjoy the event. This event was an all-inclusive one so there were food and drinks!

The menu consisted of:

Moroccan Lamb Stew w/ Couscous
South African Curry w/ Dipping Bread
Jollof Rice w/ Assorted Meats on Skewers
Fried Spice Plantains w/ Wings
Harira Soup/Lady Fingers Soup
Roast Corn
Bread & Cheese
Shawarma
Nigerian Puff Puff & Akara

As you can see the menu had a lot of variety; my favorite was the Moroccan Lamb & Couscous. Yumm!

They had a signature cocktail drink: “Blue Nile” which I didn’t really fancy. Therefore my drink of the night was Vodka & Cranberry (usually the only thing I stick too).

So I already ate, got my drink in my hand, time to actually party! The music was good, from the old tunes to the new I was dancing regardless if others weren’t. Throughout the party they had two performers who were well-known soca artists, Menace & Tian Winter. They both blessed us with hits after hits and kept the party going.

One of the highlights of the night was a best dressed couple competition. The winner received a trip for two to St Lucia on LIAT airlines. (Picture of the winner below taken from the event album)

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It was my first year attending and I really enjoyed myself. The only slight annoyance I had been with the venue, it was very open and had a nice atmosphere, but the STEPS!! There were so many! Especially in heels I was very frightful of embarrassing myself in front of so many people. However, there was a shoe check, so I was able to change into flats after taking my pictures. Yay!

I left the party around 2:30 a.m. well satisfied, and definitely with thoughts of returning next year.

Stay Tuned for what other Carnival activities I get myself into! =)

XOXO

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