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Video and Photo Gallery of Bonaire’s Grand Carnival Parade 2017

Bonaire’s Grand Carnival Parade 2017.

This past weekend took its toll on a lot of folks here on Bonaire–at least those who were dancing down the long Carnival parade route from about 2:00 PM until past 6:00 PM. Meanwhile, those who where on the sidelines sat back and enjoyed the show!

Costumes glittered and gleamed.

Costumes were indeed extravagant, colorful, with lots of feathers, sequins, and other glittering items. Headdresses were so voluminous that one wonders how the wearers manage to keep their heads up straight!

Each Carnival group has a theme.

A variety of Carnival (Karnaval in Papiamentu) groups offered a fun display of themes: There were creatures from under the sea, celestial bodies and the signs of the zodiac, and even a bunch of construction workers who were spreading “asphalt” to fill all the holes in Bonaire’s roads (something truly needed on Bonaire these days!).

Two more Carnival events before the season closes.

There’s only two more events before the Carnival season ends:  Tonight will be a replay of the Children’s Carnival from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and tomorrow a replay of the Grand Carnival, starting at 7:00 PM, and ending at midnight with the burning of King Momo.

Video of Sunday’s parade.

If you couldn’t see it live, sit back and enjoy this video and the photo gallery following.


Photo Gallery of Sunday’s parade.

(Source:  Bonaire Insider Reporter)














The Children’s Carnival (Karnaval) Was a Glitzy Pageant of Color and Energy

Bonaire’s Children’s Carnival was in Rincon on Saturday and Kralendijk on Sunday.

Bonaire's Children Carnival 2017This past weekend, over 300 of Bonaire’s youth kept the older population entertained when they performed in the 2017 edition of the Bonaire Youth Carnival Parade in Rincon on Saturday and in Kralendijk on Sunday.

The children were in six themed groups and exhibited a lot of youthful energy as they danced down the street.

Watch the largest group with 125 youth!


A variety of themes were represented in the Children’s Carnival–we had U.S. military personnel in the Army For Peace, navy, butterflies, ballerinas, and even belly-dancers!

Upcoming Carnival Events for the next week.

Bonaire's Children Karnaval 2017For those who haven’t yet observed the many Bonaire Carnival events, the next events will take place on Friday, February 24th, 2017, when there will be the school parade, the teener parade, and even the adults get into the early action with the elderly parade.

Then, next Saturday in Rincon, and next Sunday in Kralendijk, the adults will get to strut their stuff and see if they can out-do the kids when the Grand Carnival Parades take place.

Photo Gallery of Children’s Carnival.

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)

It’s Carnival Time! Or, As It’s Said On Bonaire, Karnaval!

Bonaire’s Karnaval 2017 (Carnival) is in full swing.

February is always the time of Karnaval, and there are myriad events to enjoy for those visitors on Bonaire in the coming days.

Bonaire's Karnaval (Carnival) Parades are bright with festive costumes!

Here is a schedule of upcoming events.

Balloon Parade SHIEF

February 17th, 5:00 to 7:00 PM; San Bernardo School – Kaya Libertador – Kaya
Grandi – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – San Bernardo School.

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February 17th; Chippie Bonaire Super Store

Karnaval Kids Parade Rincon

February 18th, 2:00 to 6:00 PM, Soccer field entrance of Rincon – Kaya Miguel Pourier – Kaya Commerce – Kaya E.B. Sint Jago – Kaya Leucadio Marino Pourier – Kaya Hubentut – Kaya Luis Pourier – Rincon Stadium.

Karnaval Kids Parade Kralendijk

February 19th, 2:00 to 6:00 PM, Van Den Tweel Supermarket – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Church Traffic circle – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abrraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Stadium Kralendijk.

School Parade

February 24th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon; Stadium Kralendijk – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes Kaya Julio Abraham Boulevard – Kaya Grandi – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya General C. M. P. Piar – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abraham – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Stadium Kralendijk.

The Grand Karnaval (Carnival) Parades are performed in both Rincon and Kralendijk.

Elderly Parade

February 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Kaya Soeur Bartola – Kaya General C. M. Piar – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Grandi – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Soeur Bartola.

Teener Parade

February 24th, 8:00 to 11:00 AM, Van Den Tweel Supermarket – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Traffic Circle Church – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes Stadium Kralendijk.

Grand Parade Rincon

February 25th, 1:00 to 6:00 PM, Soccer field entrance of Rincon – Kaya Miguel Pourier –Kaya Commerce – Kaya E.B. Sint Jago – Kaya Leucadio Marino Pourier – Kaya C.D. Cristian – Kaya Commerce (again)  – Kaya Miguel Pourier (again) – Kaya Hubentut – Kaya Luis Pourier – Rincon Stadium.

Everyone has fun at Bonaire's Grand Karnaval (Carnival) ParadeGrand Parade Kralendijk

February 26th, 1:00 to 6:00 PM, Van Den Tweel Supermarket – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Church Traffic Circle – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abrraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko- Van Den Tweel Supermarket.

Final Kids Parade

February 27th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, Stadium Kralendijk – Traffic Circle Sabana – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Traffic Circle Church – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Stadium Kralendijk.

Maskarade Party

February 27th, time to be determined, Kura Cocari, Rincon.

Final Adults Parade with the Burning of King Momo

February 28th, 7:00 PM to Midnight, Van Den Tweel Supermarket – Kaya Zuid Nikiboko – Traffic circle Church – Kaya L.D. Gerharts – Kaya Libertador Simon Bolivar – Kaya Julio Abraham Boulevard – Kaya Gilberto F. Croes – Stadium Kralendijk.

Be sure to enjoy these fun Bonaire Karnaval events!

Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  TCB)


Taste of Bonaire Carnival Edition is Saturday, February 4, 2017

Save the date for 2017’s first Taste of Bonaire Carnival Edition on Saturday, February 4, 2017.

The popular Taste of Bonaire events will start early this year, with a new Carnival Edition taking place in Wilhelmina Park on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

This event’s program is sure to please, it’s filled with music and shows.  Of course, the food stands will be highlighting Bonaire’s local and international foods, and there will be arts and crafts to peruse as well.

Entertainment will be provided by Grupo ESO, Projekto 2000, Steelband Silver Bullets, and Bonazamba will be performing.

Of special note, this year’s Queen of Carnival 2017 will be presented, and the Prins & Pancho which will be giving their Carnival show.

Be sure to come out and enjoy the evening filled with great cameraderie, music, food, and celebration!

(Source:  TCB)





Enjoy This Year’s Edition of Maskarada on Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Maskarada is a unique Bonaire tradition.

Maskarada is Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

The New Year always hearkens the return of the Maskarada (Masqueraders). This year, the troupe, made up of a group of musicians and masked characters, will take to the streets of Bonaire and entertain once again this Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

The Maskarada Tradition.

It’s tradition that the Maskarada begin on New Year’s Day serenading and entertaining Bonaire’s Lt. Governor, but then after that, they will have two full days of visiting families in various neighborhoods of Bonaire. Those that follow the Maskarada will enjoy the traditional song that always forecasts the masked character’s arrival. Then, the colorfully clad characters arrive amid of burst of energy! While they play out certain skits, not a word is said. They are fully costumed, so no one knows their identities. That is, until the end of the day, when they are finally un-masked, and we learn just who has been entertaining us all day!

20140102-Maskarada3Where to find the Maskarada?

If you’re on Bonaire, come for one of the performances, or follow the Maskarada all day. They will be performing  at the SGB School, Kolegio San Bernardo, and FORMA.

For additional information about this annual cultural event unique to Bonaire, click here.

(Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)



Kralendijk’s Christmas Shopping Night Will Get You Into the Holiday Spirit!

Bonaire’s Christmas Shopping Night is December 17th, 2016.

Take care of last minute holiday purchases on Saturday, December 17th, from 6:00 to 10:00 PM on Kaya Grandi and Wilhelmina Park.

Kaya Grandi will become a pedestrian mall.

During this event, Kaya Grandi will be closed to traffic, giving everyone the opportunity to walk around freely and enjoy the last minute shopping in a Christmas atmosphere. There will be live music plus DJs providing music in various locations, and the stores fronting Kaya Grandi will be open, as well as stands in Wilhelmina Park where one can stroll and find just the right gift for a special someone!

shopping_nightSanta will make an appearance!

Different types of traditional Christmas food will be sold. And what’s a Christmas Shopping Night without Santa?  There will be an opportunity to take a photo with Santa between 6:00 PM and 8:00 PM in Wilhelmina Park. There will also be a kids’ corner.

Buy a raffle ticket, help the Bonaire Foodbank.

At El Mundo Restaurant, a raffle will take place starting at 8:00 PM with the possibility to win different prizes.  Entry is just $2.00, and the funds collected will be donated to the Bonaire Foodbank, which will also be present during the evening for anyone wishing to make a donation to this worthy cause. A special thank you goes to everyone who provided a prize for the raffle.

New this year!  At 7:00 PM, some of Bonaire’s senior citizens will be coming through Kaya Gandi, so the generations will be complete with the old, the young, and those in between! Don’t miss it!

The event is sponsored by Tourism Corporation Bonaire and Bonaire Arts & Crafts Association.

(Source:  TCB)



It’s Bossa Nova Time, Every Monday at Sebastian’s Restaurant

Every Monday is live music with Bossa Nova time at Sebastian’s Restaurant!

bossanovaEach Monday, it’s time to chill to the cool sound of VaDa, Vanessa and David, providing the smooth sounds of Bossa Nova Pop Fusion every Monday evening from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM at Sebastian’s Restaurant.

Start the evening off right with a special Monday Happy Hour.

For those who wish to start a little earlier, enjoy a special Monday Happy Hour from 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Each week’s Happy Hour will feature a surprise special, so plan to attend and see what they have in store for you!

Live Music Mondays at Sebastian's Restaurant on BonaireMake your reservation for dinner and Bossa Nova.

Reservations are always recommended, especially for the Live Music Mondays. Those who would like to enjoy these events, can telephone 717-1697 or 701-1697 (mobile) for a reservation, or simply request a reservation via Sebastian’s Restaurant’s online booking form.

(Source:  Sebastian’s Restaurant)


Enjoy the Taste of Bonaire Wellness on November 19th, 2016

The final 2016 Taste of Bonaire features wellness.

Taste of Bonaire WellnessThe Taste of Bonaire events are very popular, giving everyone on Bonaire the opportunity to socialize, enjoy cultural events, and of course, try out all sorts of international foods.  The last event for 2016 is this Saturday, November 19th, 2016 in Wilhelmina Park from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, and there is a very special theme:  Wellness.

Focus is upon Bonaire’s wellness and health practitioners and specialists.

This event seeks to spotlight all of the talented practitioners and specialists on the island who promote health and well-being and bring forth to the local community a greater awareness. There will be live demonstrations on stage and a Zen Area where those interested can try yoga and meditation. The event will feature vendors who promote health and well-being on island including Reiki, Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba to name a few.

Healthy food and drinks, local music, and dance performances.

There will also be food vendors that will sell delicious yet healthy food treats including natural herbs, shakes and gluten free treats just to name a few. As special entertainment the dance group Dance Sensation will be on stage and also the band Formashon Musical Krioyo.

Begin with a 5K Walk Run.

Mas Eventz will kick off the Taste of Bonaire with a 5K Walk Run starting at 5:00 PM in Wilhelmina Park. All are invited to attend. For more information regarding the walk/run, telephone 796-6270.

(Source:  TCB)


Mangazina di Rei’s October Cultural Market Focuses on Health

Bonaire’s Monthly Cultural Market at Mangazina di Rei provides a fun opportunity to learn about the island’s history and culture.


Enjoy breakfast treats from the ladies of Rincon.

Enjoy breakfast treats from the ladies of Rincon.

The last Saturday of every month, everyone gathers at Mangazina di Rei for the fun, and educational, cultural markets.

These markets each have an underlying theme, and October’s theme is health and wellness. Tomorrow, the fun starts as early as 8:30 AM. Stop by the stalls and enjoy some local treats for breakfast from the ladies of Rincon.

Tying the traditional Bonaire head-dress.

At 8:45 AM, the ever-popular scarf workshop takes place.  In her inimitable way, Mamita Fox will color coordinate just the right scarf for volunteers from the audience, and magically make beautiful head-dresses in no time at all!

Mamita Fox with her Scarf Workshop

Mamita Fox with her Scarf Workshop

Local music is always popular with Bonaire’s visitors.

But there’s never a Bonaire cultural event without music, so at 9:30 AM the local band, Grupo Ekspreshon Rítmiko will take to the stage.

A traditional "face" of Bonaire.

A traditional “face” of Bonaire.

The Kunuku lifestyle.

But this month’s theme is about health and wellness, so be sure to stay for the educational talks.  At 10:15 AM, we’ll learn about the Kunuku Lifestyle Challenge from Heleen Quartel. This challenge is an educational program on gardening while creating a healthy lifestyle and entrepreneurship.

Using local herbs for health and wellness.

At 11:30 AM, Dinah Veeris will give a presentation on how local herbs can be used for health and wellness.

At 12:15 PM, the local band Grupo F.M.K., a group of local kids and youth who specialize in folkloric music, will be providing entertainment.

Learn how easy it is to tie those head-dresses!

Learn how easy it is to tie those head-dresses!

The making of traditional cactus soup.

Of course, there is never a cultural market without some focus on Bonaire’s culture, and tomorrow everyone can enjoy the demonstration of making the traditional cactus soup!

Mangazina di Rei does a wonderful job in creating these unique cultural events.  The activities keep one’s interest, and it’s nice to enjoy the day on Mangazina di Rei’s patio.  The event will be open through 2:00 PM.  Be sure to come and enjoy it!

(Source:  Mangazina di Rei)


49th Annual Bonaire Sailing Regatta & Festival is Coming!

It’s time for Regatta-Frenzy!

regatta2016From October 13th through October 15th, Bonaire will once again be in a frenzy!  Regatta-frenzy, that is!

Racing for a few cases of beer…

2016 brings the 49th annual edition of this much-loved Bonaire event, which historically began with a sailing race between Captain Don and Ebo Domacasse, a Bonairean dive guide, with the winner pulling in a few cases of beer!

This year’s event will include sailing races and festivals.

Bonaire Regatta 2016 Site Map

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Today the event has morphed into a huge party.  Of course, there are still sailing races throughout the days, but in the evenings, there are festivals with food, drink, music, and dancing on the beach.

View the 2016 Schedule of Races.


View the 2016 Festival Schedule.


Need additional information on Regatta?

Learn more about this unique Bonairean sailing tradition.


Bonaire's Calendar of Events

(Source:  Regatta 2016 Website)





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