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inaugural Negril Carnival gets underway April 14

Published:Monday | March 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

With the aim of "showcasing a Caribbean cultural art form with mass appeal within the natural environment" that is Negril, organisers Magic Wand Syndicate will stage the first Negril Carnival in the western resort town between April 14 and 19.

At the media launch, held at

popular nightclub The Jungle, DiMario McDowell, representing the promoters, said the event was

conceived as a "multi-stakeholder partnership to create a vehicle for promoting culture and tourism, to boost employment and to generate significant revenues for the manifold interest groups in the community."

While promotions will be vigorous in the weeks preceding, there is a diverse week-long calendar of events leading up to the climactic road March and after-fÍte on April 19. The week of activity will begin April 14 with the first socarobics session, a two-hour dance/exercise event designed to help patrons get into the shape and vibe for the later festivities. Featuring lead instructions by the renowned Oscar B, aided by personnel from Express Fitness, Socarobics will segue into a grand lyme party. This event will be repeated on April 15.

April 16 will see the staging of 'Ole Mas' aimed at more mature revellers. Headliners will include Fab 5 band, Mr 'Soca Butterfly' himself, Admiral Bailey, Lovindeer, Oscar B and, from Trinidad, Lima Calbio. Andrew 'Renegades' Henry will provide recorded entertainment, while the Silver Birds and Hummingbirds bands will provide the obligatory pan music.

The revelry gets into high gear On April 17 and 18, with the introduction of Kolours J'Ouvert (April 17) and the H2O Water Party and Champagne Catamaran Cruise, respectively. As stated, the Champagne party will be an upscale but no less vibrant Carnival experience, with Lima Calbio bringing the vibes that made for smash hits in Dubai and the Seychelles Islands, while the legendary Merritone and Renegades will provide recorded entertainment onboard. The Water Party will be headlined by Bounty Killer, Busy Signal and Oscar B, with DJs Squeeze, Kurt Riley, and Jordon manning the consoles.

The revelry comes to a head early on the morning of April 19, with the giant Road March, in which Junkanoo dancers, stilt walkers, marching bands, and more will join the revellers behind the trucks. Leading on this grand parade will be soca sensation Skinny Fabulous, as well as Lima Calbio and DJs Kurt Riley, Jordon Andrew Henry of Renegades, and others. The march will culminate in a last jump across the stage at Waves beach and the Final FÍte.

The event venue partners for Negril Carnival are The Jungle nightclub and Waves beach.