After a two-year break, Antigua’s Carnival returned this summer with all its vibrancy and energy to the delight of carnival-lovers who immersed themselves in the carnival atmosphere of the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival held from July 27 – August 2, 2022.
Amongst the masqueraders spotted on Carnival Monday dancing to soca and steelpan music under the summer sun were American male model and 2022 ‘Elvis’ biopic actor Alton Mason and social media maven, travel influencer and model Tanyka Renee Henry. The duo was seen enjoying themselves with friends in the mas’ band Insane Carnival.
The group had such a great time on Carnival Monday that they returned on Carnival Tuesday for the costume parade. Alton who portrays musical icon Little Richard in the 2022 ‘Elvis’ film wore a golden costume and was seen showing off his stealth dance moves as his feet sparkled in diamond studded boots. In what could only be considered a masterpiece, Tanyka Renee stood out from the sea of masqueraders in a headliner costume from the Insane section, ‘Milan’, drawing nods of approval from spectators. Their entire group was seen having an amazing day as they glistened in sparkling gold and glamorous white feathered costumes and weaved their way through the bustling streets of St. John’s – a kaleidoscope of colour and energy with partying masqueraders and spectators.
The influencers were also spotted on social media enjoying themselves throughout Antigua. Instagram posts from Dr. Hakim Dubois @Iammisternewyork, allowed viewers to follow the group as they relaxed on a sunset cruise along Antigua’s scenic coastline. The group enjoyed a zipline adventure through Antigua’s lush rainforest and learned how to make one of Antigua and Barbuda’s popular national dishes ducana, during a local cooking class hosted by a friend @Iammisternewyork. Recent posts also show Alton and Tanyka at one of the island’s newest restaurants, Rokuni.
The group stayed at the luxurious Verandah Resort and Spa and the Pineapple Beach Club, the perfect tropical hideaway for their summer vacation.
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority’s Marketing Communications Manager, Maria Blackman said, “We are delighted that Alton, Tanyka, and their friends including Dr. Hakim Dubois who has Antiguan background, chose to visit us for Antigua’s Carnival.
“Our carnival celebrations offer such a culturally rich experience. With artistry and talent on full display, and fetes taking place throughout the island – it is truly a great time to be in Antigua! We’re inviting everyone to join us next summer for Antigua’s Carnival 2023, and of course, when the celebrations are over, there is no better place to relax than on one of our 365 stunning beaches.”
Other social media influencers and media from the Caribbean, Canada and United Kingdom were seen partying it up in Antigua for the 2022 carnival as guests of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority.