Bacchanal Jamaica Checklist & Feather Shortage

Morning Masqueraders!!

We will officially be in Jamaica on THURSDAY!! (Wednesday for some). I write this post with a bit of sad news for those of you who are in sections that may be affected by the feather shortage in Jamaica. Bacchanal Jamaica released this statement last night regarding the costumes that will be short on feathers. Those of you traveling into Jamaica could try smuggling in feathers if you’d like to ensure that your costume looks amazing. Despite that, please do not let this spoil your carnival experience.

Dear members,

We are extremely sorry to advise that as a result of the sudden ban by the Ministry of Agriculture on the importation of poultry and poultry products into Jamaica, we will not be able to properly complete a number of costumes which specifically require feathers for this year’s parade. The ban is the result of an outbreak of bird flu in several states in the USA –Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Minnesota, California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington – and British Columbia in Canada.

We receive a permit every year from the Veterinary Division in order to bring in our feathers. Recently we were informed, that despite the fact that the feathers we had sourced had as usual, been fully sterilised and certified to world standards by the US Department of Agriculture, we would not be able to bring them to Jamaica.The ban was applied with immediate effect and no prior notice.

In fact there is a ban on all feathers regardless of the origin, so it has been impossible for us to make any other arrangements.

Bacchanal Jamaica craves your understanding as this is a national issue and we assure you that we will certainly refund the cost of the missing elements.This has been a very difficult, disappointing and costly situation for us all and once again we apologise to you our revellers.

We will be working to present you with the best costume possible under this circumstance and we urge you to come out and have a great time.

Sincerely yours,

Bacchanal Jamaica

For those of you who did not see the costume schedule, we have provided it for you. Please go pick up your costume with your payment receipt and control number. If you are picking up someone else’s costume, please bring a letter of authorization with you, along with their receipt and control number. ID is a must!

On to what this post is really about, here is a checklist of items to pack in your suitcase to ensure you have the most enjoyable time.

Suitcase Needs 

  • Ziploc plastic bag
  • Travel first aid kit – ASPIRIN for those hangover headaches
  • 1 pairs of skintone pantyhose
  • Phone charger
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Shoe gel insoles
  • Wet-wipes (Events only have porter-potties)


Clothing MUST-haves

Blocko & 
Bazodee

  • Outdoor events, be cute, dressed to wine and wear comfortable shoes 
Caesar’s Army A.M Bush

  • Bathing suit top (Unless you don’t mind getting paint in your bra)
  • Shoes & Shorts you don’t mind messing up
  • Reminder: YOU WILL BE GETTING WET & Dutty with paint 
SCORCH Duck Work
  • At the beach so dress accordingly. 

Carnival Day

  • Comfortable boots or sneakers (Rule of thumb – half size or whole size bigger for chipping)
  • Face jewelry (if you choose to wear any)
  • Fanny pack/wrist-let

Feel free to comment below if you think I missed anything.

See you on the road!

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