Carriacou Parang

Every year since 1977, the Parang Festival has taken place on the tiny island dependency of Carriacou on the weekend before Christmas, with the aim of reviving and maintaining the dying tradition of “house to house” serenading of hosanna carol singing and string bands.
Children and the older population are the main focus on the Friday and Saturday nights with Santa in attendance handing out goodies, and old-fashioned carols performed by junior and senior singing groups. Things get serious on the Sunday night, with the much anticipated Parang String Bands Meléé competition, featuring bands from different villages throughout Carriacou, Petit Martinique and Grenada who must first perform a compulsory carol, followed by a composition of their choosing. Each band comprises eight members dressed in brightly coloured costumes who play a combination of melodious percussion instruments, creating a joyful sound and uplifting atmosphere.

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