About the event
The Caribbean Carnival, for more than 20 years was one of the most popular event for the summer in Washington D.C. Featuring many Caribbean and Latin American cultures, with beautiful costume colors, food, music and dancing in the street. In 2013, Washington DC event was combined with the Baltimore celebration creating Baltimore/ Washington Caribbean Carnival Celebration.
These celebrations have brought together many participants and over 20,000 spectators from across East Cost of America. Carnival celebrations have been known to attract the largest congregation of culturally diverse attendees and participants.
Caribbean celebration will be on July 13, 2019 and is expecting to be much larger than previous years.
This year we take great pride in introducing Pure Jab Masquerade band for the second time
What or Who is PureJab:
PureJab is a representation of the Caribbean Culture through Jab Jab masquerades and its ties to colonialism, religious conversion, and ultimately freedom and celebration.
The term “jab jab” (believed to be originated in the island of Grenada) was originated at the beginning of the Caribbean Carnival Celebration. Jab Jab is a consciousness in action, an awareness, fueled by a passion.
To understand Jab Jab, you have to understand the historical concept. Before the emancipation of slavery, the French slaves-master did not allow the slaves to partake in carnival celebration. After emancipation, the enslaved Africans were able to take part in the masquerade and began using burnt molasses from the sugar cane plantation to paint themselves black and greasy as a commemoration of their freedom. The word jab has its roots in the French word "Diable," meaning "devil."
Jab Jab masquerade is the dramatization and the mocking of the wrong done by African ancestors by white colonialists.
Therefore, as a people we are the essence Jab Jab; a people who embrace the consciousness of the Jab Jab, we should not let that awareness remain in the historical past. Let it be active. Use it and promote it as the awareness in the continued fight for freedom and human rights for the many people around the world.
Why should you sponsor?
Sponsorships allow your organization to benefit from direct branding and direct engagement opportunities with thousands of Carnival followers, attendees, participants and media through event’s advertising at the Baltimore/ Washington One Caribbean Carnival Parade and the live concert. Please join us as we celebrate Caribbean culture through the sights and sounds of the Caribbean people.
Thank you for being socially aware, helping the city of Baltimore and embracing a culture of diversity, positivity, and FUN!!
My Name is Alvin Gordon. I was born in the Island of Grenada, but earned my degree in Economics in the United States. I am proud West India and a big advocate in the fight for freedom and human rights. Through my cultural celebration, I would like to continue the fight for those right so that we all can walk the streets together with any discrimination.
Contact the Organizer
Contact the Organizer