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Spice Mas 2017 | Photographer: Arthur Daniel

Grenada and Statia lose carnivals to Covid-19


Two more Caribbean carnivals have succumbed to the bacchanal-eating virus that’s swept the world of most major cultural and sporting events this year.

In Grenada, Spicemas, which had been due to launch on Monday 2 May and run through to the climax on 11 August, is now officially off the calendar until 2021.

Spicemas Corporation said in a statement: “The size and nature of our carnival can give rise to the often-touted ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 and further impact the lives and livelihoods of Grenadians.”

The statement ended on an upbeat note, however: “We are optimistic that the cancellation provides an extended timeframe for us to plan and execute a bigger and better Spicemas 2021.”

In the Dutch island of St Eustatius, carnival is normally held in the last week of July. But not this year, because, Government Commissioner Marnix van Rijn said, “The manner in which Carnival is celebrated will not allow for social distancing… it would be irresponsible to grant permission for Carnival in any form.”

Van Rijn emphasised, “There will be more opportunities in the future to celebrate Carnival.”