Carriacou Prepares for 26th Annual Parang Festival

Carriacou is gearing up for a cultural extravaganza, the 26th Annual Carriacou Parang Festival triumphantly returns to the Caribbean
island of on the weekend of December 19th -21st, 2003. The event celebrates the unique music, entertainment and traditions of Carriacou, the sister island of Grenada.

The festivities begin on Friday, December 19th at 8:00 p.m. with an official opening ceremony, followed by a display of Carriacou
Carriacou rich traditional culture including hosanna “carol singing.” Santa Claus will also appear and distribute toys to the kids.

Saturday, December 20th, is a night full of live performances from various top local and regional entertainers, accompanied by the music of the Caribbean’s #1 Live Brass Band along with x-Trak.
The Carriacou Parang Festival climaxes on Sunday, December 21st as organised parang groups from villages throughout Carriacou, Grenada and Petite Martinique battle for cash prizes along with a challenge trophy during the Parang String Bands Competition. 
The groups, composed of no more than eight members each, will use only percussion instruments for the performances and the lyrics in the songs can be rather controversial at times, reflecting on current political and historical events in the country.  Traditional Carriacou celebration dances such as “Quadrille” and “Big Drum” will also spice up the night.  Santa Claus will make an appearance and the awards ceremony for the winners of the competition will culminate yet another successful year.

Born in 1977, the Carriacou Parang Festival was created to revive and keep alive the “house to house” serenading of string bands, an indigenous aspect of Carriacou’s culture. The annual Carriacou Parang Festival is held every year in the month of December on the weekend preceding the Christmas holiday
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