It doesn't matter where you where you were born, where you grew up or where your parents are from. Carnival is the time when everyone can be Caribbean! We welcome you to join in the revelry!
HISTORY OF CARNIVAL
Where Did It Start?
Carnival in the Caribbean has a complicated birthright, tied as it is to colonialism, religious conversion, and ultimately freedom and celebration. The festival originated with Italian Catholics in Europe, later spreading to the French and Spanish, who brought the pre-Lenten tradition when they settled (and brought slaves to) Trinidad, Dominica, Haiti, Martinique, and other islands.
The word Carnival itself is thought to mean "farewell to meat" or "farewell to flesh," the former referencing the Catholic practice of abstaining from red meat from Ash Wednesday until Easter. The latter explanation, while possibly apocryphal, is said to be emblematic of the sensuous abandon that came to define the Caribbean celebration of the holiday.
Historians believe the first "modern" Caribbean Carnival to have originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the late 18th century, as a flood of French emigres brought the Masquerade tradition with them to the island, although Fat Tuesday celebrations were almost certainly taking place at least a century before that.
where we fete
We're participating in 3 Carnivals this year. You can chose to participate in one city or both. We're growing, our goal is to have a presence in every major carnival by 2021!
We have several different choices to match your desired experience.
Wings of Prey
We will serve as your culture guides through your carnival experience.
Band Leader (Raleigh)
Erica Dixon is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, and she enjoys teaching Zumba Fitness, Cycle, and Kickboxing just to name a few. She has been a licensed Zumba Fitness Instructor since 2008 and has been teaching classes in locations all over the triangle area. Erica is also a Zumba Jammer choreography specialist for Zumba Fitness instructors. As a ZJ, Erica conducts training sessions in NC and throughout the US.