Carnival Hopper


Venice's Carnival was a unique and very different experience from all others I attended. But that was also the whole point of getting this one on the list-I wanted to experience all kinds of Carnivals not just the ones that were Caribbean influenced.

CGR: You played mas 10 times, all over the world and all in one year! How did you come up with the idea to celebrate your 40th birthday with carnival hopping?

Erica: The idea came to me through a process of elimination more than anything. While celebrating with friends at their 40th birthday parties I started thinking about how I would celebrate my 40th year. I realized that while parties are a ton of fun, my way of hosting a party meant that I would put all the focus into my guests and making sure that they were having a good time. While I am always down for a good party with friends, a few strangers and lots of vodka, I wanted to do something that I would enjoy completely - no questions asked. And if you haven't heard I LOVE CARNIVAL. So with that I resolved that I would celebrate on ‘Deh Road’

However that's nothing new, I'm on the road when ever and where ever I can be. I believe in living life to the fullest – Life is NOT a dress rehearsal, so go hard or go sit down! With that it was clear that in order to celebrate 40 years that God has so graciously allowed me to be on this this earth, I would celebrate by going to as many Carnivals as I could in the year.

I’m a numbers nerd, so ‘10 FO 40’ celebration was in full effect!

CGR: Which Carnivals did you visit and how did you choose those in particular?

Erica: I must say that picking the Carnivals and the logistics of getting them all done was one of the trickiest things. I travel quite a bit for work, I have two wonderful and very active children, and Lord knows I didn't win the lottery, so it took quite a bit of maneuvering to make it happen. But - where there's a will there's a way. My support system of family and friends are the greatest in the world! When I told them of what I was doing, of course they all said the obvious - I'm crazy, but they all helped in any way they could. I started in Venice Italy, went to Rio de Janeiro, then off to Trinidad and Tobago all in the month of February. Then of course my hometown ‘Rock City’ -  St. Thomas VI, Atlanta Georgia, Houston Texas, Barbados, Notting Hill UK, New York City and ended it all in Miami.