June 15 to 18 is Bermuda Heroes Weekend, a tribute to our island’s national heroes, with the Monday reserved as a public holiday. In celebration of this, the weekend coincides with a groundbreaking new tradition that attracts masses of locals as well as visitors from around the globe. Informally dubbed ‘Bermuda Carnival’ this extraodinary event is now in its third year running and quickly exploding into an attraction to rival its Caribbean counterparts. To get a true taste of island life and what it means to ‘play like a local’ you should definitely consider dropping in on one of these events, whether you came to party or not.
The weekend’s festivities kick-off with Five Star Friday on June 15th, starting at 6pm at the National Sports Centre in Devonshire Parish. This promised-to-be-epic concert will feature a lineup of International Soca Headliners, including Kes the Band, Voice, Teddyson John, Lyrikal, Kerwin Du Bois, Shal Marshal, Nailah Blackman and Marzville, says the event organiser, Jason Sukdeo. Jason boasts that Bermuda is one of the only places in the world where you can experience a Raft-Up in connection with Carnival. This will take place on Saturday from noon to 6pm, at Shelly Bay where the waters are shallow enough for non-swimmers to feel at ease. Then, a free family-friendly event showcasing LIVE local and international steel pan players, Pan in the Park will be held on Sunday from 3pm to 7pm at Victoria Park. And for those who enjoy dancing ‘til the break of dawn, the ‘Cirque du Soca’ J’Ouvert will start 3am at Bernard’s Park. To finish up this fun-filled weekend, a Parade of Bands follows on Monday, from 10am until 10pm at Clearwater Beach in St. David’s. It’s a costume-only event, requiring pre-registration with a Carnival Band in order to participate, but spectators are more than welcome to come out, watch the fun and enjoy the music.
Visit BermudaHeroesWeekend.com for tickets, info, or to hear their promo-mix.