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Grenada’s Spice Mas welcomes record number of visitors

TRADITION: Revellers cover themselves in black oil at J'ouvert to symbolise freedom (Image: puregrenada.com)

A RECORD number of visitors flocked to Grenada for this year’s Spice Mas, the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) have said.

Those behind organising the festivities say the number of arrivals for this year’s Spice Mas Grenada has surpassed all expectations. There has been a 24.9 per cent increase to 12,379 visitors compared to 9,911 in 2017. These comparative figures are for arrivals for the Spice Mas period which is 20 days prior to Carnival Monday (13th August 2018).

Patricia Maher, CEO of the GTA, said: “Spice Mas 2018 has surpassed all expectations and the national festival is trending as one of the hottest Caribbean carnivals. Once people come to Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, it sells itself as the people ensure a warm and friendly experience for all visitors. It is with a sense of pride that Grenadians display the culture and sing about welcoming others to enjoy all the carnival activities. I would advise people to book early for Spice Mas 2019!”

Grenada Spice Mas is a one of a kind experience with two distinct offerings, Jab Jab on J’ouvert Morning and Monday Night Mas.

According to the GTA, the Jab Jab tradition is growing with more and more people opting to paint themselves in black oil for J’ouvert to symbolise freedom. The Monday Night Mas street party includes several bands with branded t-shirts, lighted hats and wands, shared themes of love and unity.

The soca music in Grenada, which soundtracks the events that take place during the carnival period is also on the rise. The genre continues to grow from strength to strength with artists such as Dingaan Henry and Nyelon Williams, ‘Lil Natty and Thunda’, claiming the Soca Monarch crown and Shondell ‘Dash’ Amada, scooping the Groovy Monarch crown 2018. Lil Natty and Thunda’s Top Striker, their 2017 hit, is an international sensation and several other Grenadian artists are being recognised for their quality music productions and world-class appeal. The Road March title was won by Lil Natty and Thunda’s Get in your Section.

Spice Mas 2019 takes place on the August 12 and 13 2019.

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