Wednesday 19 June, 2019

PHOTOS: The grand return of Byron Lee’s Jamaica Carnival

The annual carnival festivities on Sunday featured four bands - a first in the history of Jamaica - and attracted thousands of revellers to the streets of Kingston.

Among the bands was Jamaica Carnival, the brainchild of the late Byron Lee which is widely classified locally as the 'original carnival'. Julianne Lee, managing director of Jamaica Carnival, expressed satisfaction with the reception to the outfit in its return to the local carnival scene after eight years of absence.

"We are beyond please to see how Jamaicans have gravitated to the legacy that Byron lee started ... we couldn't have asked for a better turnout," Lee said. "The highest point for us was to see all four carnivals come together and give their patrons the best carnival experience." 

Jamaica Carnival was rebranded, repackaged and re-energized under the banner ‘Out of Many, One Carnival’. It boasted that it offered more for less with five relatively affordable carnival attire options.

Looking ahead, Lee noted, "The plan for next year is to get bigger and better, we will be looking at all our strength and weakness from Jamaica carnival 2017 and formulate a plan that will be greater than this one."

Loop Lens was on the road with Jamaica Carnival on Sunday. See highlights in slider.

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