Carnival goes to Negril

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negril-carnival-2015.jpgJAMAICA'S carnival season may have come to a close in Kingston. However, promoters Magic Wand Syndicate are betting there are enough soca-starved fans to enjoy Negril Carnival scheduled to run from May 19 to 24.

The event's media launch took place at the New Kingston Shopping Centre in St Andrew on Thursday.

"Negril is the entertainment capital of Jamaica, so we'd like to take this to them," said Andrew Henry, part of Magic Wand Syndicate's team.

Negril Carnival follows a similar format that Kingston's soca fans are used to. It starts with two days of socarobics on May 19 and 20 from 6:30 pm -- 8:30 p.m, provided in conjunction with Express Fitness.

"We felt this was perfect synergy," said Alex Morrison, marketing and sales executive, Express Fitness.

The action begins on Thursday, May 21, with Ole Mas. The classic-themed soca party slated for the Waves Complex in Negril. It features vintage soca performances from the likes of Fab Five Band, Admiral Bailey and Lloyd Lovindeer, to name a few.

The following day, Negril Carnival moves to more contemporary soca stylings with Kolours J'Ouvert hosted at Negril's Jungle Night Club. Fans will be drenched with a mixture of soca, electronic dance music, and reggae/dancehall from three top DJs. Adding to the festivities are glow sticks, wave rags, and powder.

Saturday May 23 is a water double-header through the day. Leading things off in the morning will be an all-inclusive Catamaran Champagne Cruise. Taking over for the mid-afternoon into the night will be the H2O party offering even more interactivity with water, via water slides and water trucks spraying down patrons.

Negril Carnival then climaxes on Sunday, May 24, with a road march at 2:00 pm and a closing party called Trailer Load.