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ABOUT CURAÇAO CARNIVAL

HISTORY

Carnival started as an European tradition and goes way back. In the time of slavery, the wealthy elite put on big masquerade balls and other festivities to celebrate the Lent period prior to the Catholic Easter. When they...
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ABOUT CURAÇAO CARNIVAL

HISTORY

Carnival started as an European tradition and goes way back. In the time of slavery, the wealthy elite put on big masquerade balls and other festivities to celebrate the Lent period prior to the Catholic Easter. When they colonized the West Indies (a region of the North Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean) they brought the costumes and other traditions with them. During those exclusive parties the slaves began to imitate the plantation owners, adding their own African tradition into the festivities. They dressed up in colorful costumes, participated in African rituals and told stories about their history to keep their ancestry on top of mind. When slavery was abolished (july 1st 1863) the celebrations moved from well hidden spots into the streets.
In 1961 a local man named Benjamin Wever (known as Shon Bènchi) took the initiative to celebrate carnival the way we celebrate it nowadays on the streets of Curaçao. A big event where European, Indonesian, Asian and Caribbean traditions come together.
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ABOUT CURAÇAO CARNIVAL

PARADES

Are you ready to experience the Carnival parades? Here you'll find an overview of all the parades planned for Carnival 2017
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ABOUT CURAÇAO CARNIVAL

PARADES SCHEDULE

February 12, 2017 - Carnival Horde Parade
February 19, 2017 - Children's Carnival Parade
February 24, 2017 - Teen Carnival Parade
February 25, 2017 - Banda Bou Parade
February 26, 2017 - Grand Carnival Parade
February 27, 2017 - Children's Farewell Parade
February 28, 2017 - Grand Farewell Carnival Parade
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ABOUT CURAÇAO CARNIVAL

EXPERIENCE

Almost every island in the Caribbean has their own Carnival, all based on their cultural influences. “Karnaval di Korsou” is a combination of Caribbean, Creole, Dutch, Indonesian and Asian influences. An experience unlike any other
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ABOUT CURAÇAO CARNIVAL

EXPERIENCE

Almost every island in the Caribbean has their own Carnival, all based on their cultural influences. “Karnaval di Korsou” is a combination of Caribbean, Creole, Dutch, Indonesian and Asian influences. An experience unlike any other.

Curaçao Carnival is without a doubt the biggest (cultural) event of Curaçao and for many, one of the most colorful and creative festivities in the Caribbean. Words actually come short when trying to describe the experience of our carnival. CCGG makes it possible for people all around the world to enjoy our Carnival to their fullest. So just sit back, grab a drink and enjoy the experience of Curaçao Carnival.
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Our main objective is to make the Curacao Carnival go global in a way that has not ever been done before. By streaming the Carnival festivities in 8 different languages we’re bringing Carnival to your home. Whether you’re from the US, China, Europe or Panama, we aim to make you feel as if you’re physically enjoying our beautiful event. Grab a drink and enjoy beauty and creativity parading down the streets of Curaçao all the way to your couch.
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THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CURAÇAO
Here is CCGG's guide to the best restaurants on the island.
HISTORY CURAÇAO CARNIVAL
Do you want to know more about our carnival?
CARNIVAL MUSIC
Are you ready to experience an event unlike any other?
HISTORY CURAÇAO CARNIVAL
Published on January 22, 2017
Carnival Curaçao goes way back and is full of international influences and traditions. Do you want to know more about our carnival? You’ll find everything you need to know in this blog.

Carnival Curaçao
Carnival started as a European tradition and goes way back. In the time of slavery the wealthy elite put on big masquerade balls and other festivities to celebrate the Lent period prior to the Catholic Easter. When they colonized the West Indies (a region of the North Atlantic Ocean in the Caribbean) they brought the costumes and other traditions with them. During those exclusive parties the slaves began to imitate the plantation owners, adding their own African tradition into the festivities. They dressed up in colorful costumes, participated in African rituals and told stories about their history to keep their ancestry on top of mind. When slavery was abolished (july 1st 1863) the celebrations moved from well hidden spots into the streets.

In 1961 a local man named Benjamin Wever (known as Shon Bènchi) took the initiative to celebrate carnival the way we celebrate it nowadays on the streets of Curaçao. A big event where European, Indonesian, Asian and Caribbean traditions come together.

Carnival in 2017
Curaçao's carnival is the largest and longest- lasting carnival of the Caribbean. The carnival period is by far the best time to visit our beautiful island to experience the creativity, passion and outgoingness of our locals. Carnival on Curaçao features beautiful parades (such as the teen parade and the grand parade), music festivals (Tumba festival) and beautiful costumes. Are you ready to party?
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN CURAÇAO
Published on January 22, 2017
There is no excuse for eating bad food during Curaçao carnival. Do you want to know where to get the best Carni Stoba? Or want to know where Caribbean food is all about? Here is CCGG’s guide to the best restaurants on the island.

Kuminda Krioyo (local food) literally means mixture and describes the local food very well. The local food of Curaçao is a mixture of influences from European, American, African and Asian countries. In this blog you’ll find a few famous local restaurants you really not should miss out on.
Plasa Bieu/ Marshe Bieu (Punda)
Do you want to experience the real Curaçao and have lunch among the locals? Than is Marshe Bieu by far the place to be. Marshe Bieu offers local food of Curaçao and you can choose from dishes such as ‘catch of the day’ (freshly caught fried fish) and stoba (a stew). Do you want the full ‘Caribbean experience’? Try some ‘pika’ that is served on every table. This is a tasty and very spicy side dish. Enjoy!
Landhuis Dokterstuin
Landhuis Dokterstuin will give you the real authentic Caribbean feeling. This local creole restaurant (Komedor Krioyo) is located in the Dokterstuin Mansion and is only opened during lunchtime. This is because people on the island prefer to eat their supper (warm meal) in the afternoon instead of the early evening. Landhuis Dokterstuin is famous because of their dishes, such as the stoba or the conch.
Awa di Playa
Awa Di Playa offers you local tasty food in a nice atmosphere. The restaurant is built in a container, but still provides you a real restaurant feeling. Get some local food and try their freshly caught fish, goat or Awa di Playa (a peppery fish soup) for which the restaurant is named.
Jaanchi's
Jaanchi's offers you a great way to eat food as the people of Curacao eat it. The restaurant offers a great variety of local dishes, including fried fish and iguana. Are you looking for a place where kindness meets great local food. Pay Jaanchi's a visit!
CARNIVAL MUSIC
Published on January 22, 2017
Are you ready to experience an event unlike any other? Curaçao carnival is famous around the world for it’s colorful, outgoing and creative style. One of the most important parts of this carnival is music, Tumba in particular.

What is Tumba?
Music on Curaçao is a rich blend of African, European, US, Latin American and Caribbean influences. Over the years those different influences blended and created several local styles. Tumba, also called the Caribbean blues, is one of the most important forms of music in Curaçao. The Tumba is a music and dance style that originated from the Bantu-culture in Congo and is deeply connected to the history of the Dutch Caribbean islands. When the African slaves were shipped to the Caribbean, they took this art form with them. Playing and dancing on the rhythm of Tumba was a way for these slaves to express their sadness, sorrow and pain. The rhythm has evolved a lot since it reached Curaçao in the 17th century and nowadays it is the official music style of the Curaçao Carnival.

Tumba music has it’s own rhythm, combined with influences of merengue, salsa and other African and Caribbean rhythms, as well as blues and jazz influences. The basic instruments of Tumba music are: the drum (tambu), a cow’s horn (the kachu) and the a plough share (the agan). Enjoy the catchy beat and you’re body will start moving on it’s own.

Tumba Festival
The first big event of the carnival celebrations is the Tumba festival. This is a four-day competition, held in late january. During the annual Tumba Festival many tumba singers battle it out for the ultimate prize: the Tumba crown. Whoever wins, can proudly call themselves the Tumba King or Queen. The Tumba festival isn’t just like any other festival. It’s a spectacle and often lasting long into the night. The festival goes with plenty of beer, good food and a lot of swaying, booty shaking and dancing to hype things up.