The 65th edition of ARUBA Carnival

The 65th edition of ARUBA Carnival

Brand new 10 minute movie!


Aruba’s Carnival is the biggest party of the year. A a month long celebration with spectacular parades. I visited Aruba and made this video of the parade of the 65th edition of the Aruba Carnival. Thanks to EY, Marja, Fred and Yrausquin for their support.


Powerful Music

I read on Aruba Carnival events are remembered for their powerful music: winning songs selected at carnival competitions in Aruba. This includes the best calypso with politically-charged lyrics and social commentaries, and the best road march with catchy lyrics, melodies, and movements all perform together. True hits like “do the wiper”, “hit the floor”, and “jump with your towel” are still popular years later.

Oranjestad and San Nicolas

Grand Parades in San Nicolas and Oranjestad are the biggest celebration parties of the season and shut down both cities. Under the blazing sun, marchers in resplendent feathered and sequined regalia are joined by imaginative rolling road pieces and huge music machines on wheels. Each parade consists of about 10 to 15 carnival groups, each with its own theme reflected by the group’s floats and costumes. Some carnival groups in Aruba have hundreds of participants.

The 65th edition of ARUBA Carnival impression

Impressive parade

Participants spend months preparing their glittery, and often barely-there-costumes. Some of the costumes are so immense and heavy that they trail their owners on wheels. Each Carnaval group shimmies to the beat of its own band stationed on a truck that moves along with the group. Lining the streets along the routes of the Grand Parades are trailers of all shapes and sizes. Many spectators are also happy just to stand at the side of the road. A spirit of camaraderie and happy anticipation is felt by all as the hours of waiting are filled with food and drink, greeting and socializing. Carnival in Aruba is way too much fun to miss! (source:

Visit my book signing session

At March 16, 11 AM at Bruna Bookstore, I will organise a book signing session. If you are at Aruba please feel free to visit Bruna Bookstore. If you have already bought my book, bring it with you and of course I will sign it! If you would like to win the RESET! book, please register here. The book is currently available in the Dutch language.


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