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Bacchanal Jamaica unmasked on Friday

Published:Tuesday | December 4, 2012 | 12:00 AM
A reveller dances during Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival Road Parade earlier this year. - Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Friday is the day for socaphiles to reawaken their inner reveller with the launch of the 2013 carnival season. The Bacchanal Jamaica pre-season fête will be held from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. at the Mas Camp, Stadium North, where the season's intensely subtle and seductive theme, 'Le Masquerade', will be unveiled.

'Le Masquerade' will infiltrate all elements of the upcoming |season, with the opening party featuring the best soca party essentials: great music, infectious vibes, and the releasing of inhibitions of dedicated soca junkies preparing for another exciting year of bacchanal and more bacchanal.

Along with the colours, lights, and actions guaranteed to make the event a mega-success, the party will also include a first look at the season's road parade costumes, showcased in a specially designed fashion show.

The latest offerings in the realm of soca music will be introduced by deejays well known to the Bacchanal Jamaica crowd - local-based mixer DJ Smoke and coming straight from the island of soca, top Trinidadian and Caribbean female disc jock Duchess will also be on the turntables.

Soca fans can be part of this launch fête. All drinks are included for the cost of $1,500 pre-sold and $2,000 at the gate for general admission. VIP tickets are also available for $3,000 pre-sold only and offer access to a premium bar and finger foods.

Public relations representative for Bacchanal Jamaica 2013, Renee Hartley, says, "Our patrons, both new and old, can expect each event to unmask something even more entertaining and electrifying than the last. [The year] 2013 is going to be our best season yet!"

The 2013 Bacchanal Jamaica season will host its regular Friday night fêtes starting February 15. The season would not be complete without the usual events which fans have come to know and love: Socacise starting February 18, Beach J'Ouvert to be held March 30, Soca at the Sandbar on April 3, and Bacchanal J'Ouvert on April 5.

'Le Masquerade' will culminate with a fashion and star-studded road parade on Sunday, April 7, in Kingston.

Fans can stay tuned for the latest on the 'Le Masquerade' season by liking the official page on Facebook:; following updates on Twitter: @BacchanalJA; and viewing the website at