I’ve just landed back in the UK after a trip to Antigua and it was one of the most incredible cultural experiences of my life. The main focus of the trip was to take part in the famous Antigua Carnival, which celebrated it’s 60th anniversary this year. The energy at Carnival was like nothing I had ever felt and getting to dance in the parade was a unique experience I will never forget. Carnival is a deep rooted part of Caribbean culture which has now spread all over the world, but I was lucky enough to experience an authentic and long-standing carnival right in the heart of The Caribbean.
Celebrations for the Antigua Carnival spread over 13 consecutive days, culminating with The Parade of the Bands on the 13th day. This is when the carnival-goers don their iconic carnival costumes and take to the streets of St John’s in the most incredible parade of colour, music, dancing and heritage. There’s no doubt that the women of the parade steal the show, with their flamboyant costumes that had clearly had months of planning put into them.
As a spectator, I was completely in awe of the women dancing past me, not only because of their spectacular costumes but also for their confidence. Women in Antigua are proud to show off their bodies and wore their costumes with pride, no matter how big or small they were. It was so refreshing and empowering to see, especially being from UK where women sadly strive to achieve unrealistic perfection.
I played the role of photographer at The Parade of the Bands and snapped some of my favourite costumes. A photo says a thousand words, so this is a photo post dedicated to all of the beautiful carnival girls at The Antigua Carnival 2017. You all looked incredible and you made me proud to be part of womankind.
Have a scroll through the photos and let me know which is your favourite carnival costume…
What did you think of my Antigua Carnival photo post? Which outfit is your favourite from my best dressed selection? I’d love to hear what you think so please leave a comment in the box below! Jess x
My trip to Antigua was complimentary as part of a press trip with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority. All thoughts and photos are my own.
Angie Silver (@SilverSpoonLDN) says
Jess, you’ve captured the spirit of the carnival beautifully!!
Thanks Angie! That was the aim 🙂
You’re welcome Petula!
Lloyd Daniel says
It was a well written article and the photos were great!! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the feedback Lloyd 🙂
Girl your photography is STUNNING! It looks like you had the best time, I went to Barbados carnival last year and am the same – it was one of the BEST experiences ever and I honestly won’t ever forget it! I LOVED how body confident everyone was, so inspiring and attractive!
Ahh thank you so much babe that means alot! There was so much movement it was hard to get the photos in focus but these were the best shots of MANY! Wow I never knew that you’ve also had a carnival experience. Glad you thought it was equally as epic. The women definitely inspired me with their confidence xxx
DGB Designs says
Lovely!!! I was also blessed with the opportunity of photographing this years Antigua carnival and it was a memorable experience for me and I live in Antigua.
Thanks for your comment! It was an amazing experience and I felt honoured to be a part of it. I am sure you got some great shots too 🙂
Your photographs are beautiful. You really captured how confident our women are . Size and shape or skin colour doesn’t matter. Carnival is a time to let your hair down and destress .
Thank you so much Heather! So glad you think the photos have summarised the values of carnival This is what I was hoping for 🙂
My favourite is Just Friends the originality of Carnival
I’ll have to check it out 🙂 Thanks Loraine
Keitha Joseph says
This one and cup top it
Petula Wetherill says
Thank you so much. The cup was made by “Fete Kups” you can find the page on IG or FB
Wow!!! That looks amazing <3 I'm very jealous and will have to add it to my travel list; it just looks so colourful and exciting. Looking forward to your next post 🙂
There were so many beautiful colours! Thank you for your comment Jet 🙂