Carnival in Jamaica will take place in July.
The Carnival in Jamaica (CIJ) National Stakeholders Committee announced via press release that the carnival festival season for 2022 is set to begin on Friday, July 1, culminating with the grand road parade on July 10 in Kingston.
The Carnival will take add to an already busy season as the Summer Carnivals in the region return and will take place between St Vincent’s Vincy Mas which culminates on July 4 and St Lucia’s Carnival which begins on July 14.
Co-chair of the Stakeholders Committee, Kamal Bankay, noted that the return of Carnival is a welcome announcement for the entertainment industry which suffered a significant economic blow, due to the pandemic.
“We are beyond happy to be able to announce, plan and execute another amazing carnival season for all the CIJ revelers we have missed since 2019. Having the event sector closed was devastating to us all, but we believe there is no better way to officially start summer than with a carnival. Additionally, Carnival in Jamaica is the biggest entertainment and tourism earner for our country, with an economic impact of over four billion Jamaican dollars annually,” said Bankay.
“Several bands and fetes are starting to make their own special preparations for this season to ensure that the first summer staging of Carnival will be one of the best yet,” he added.
Lenford Salmon, Stakeholders Committee Co-Chair, also remarked that “the Carnival season is one of the largest employers of people within the creative sector annually. Hosting the season this summer will jump-start the economic recovery of our sector and the practitioners who depend on it for everything.”
Carnival in Jamaica was launched in 2017 and is used as the umbrella brand for all carnival activities during the carnival period, making it a national product. This is an annual undertaking that aims to transform the carnival experience locally. It is a key initiative of the Tourism Linkages Network with support from the Jamaica Tourist Board and key stakeholders.
A calendar of events will be released in short order for the adjusted 2022 season. In 2023, Carnival in Jamaica will return in April.