Earth & Conservation

Marching to the tune of Martinique's Carnival Band - Ep 2/4

Get a traditional face paint & costume, strap a drum to your chest and join a traditional marching band to play music on the streets.

Martinique has it's own annual carnival festival... and it rocks. But just because we missed it, doesn't mean we can't still experience what it's all about - that's the whole point of Travel Basecamp. For our second episode in the series, Sarah takes the crew to the bay of Fort-De-France where the massive stone turrets of Fort Saint Louis set the backdrop. There they meet dozens of members of the - Va K Band - marching band, dressed in brilliant colors and surrounded by instruments of all shapes and kinds. Helped by the band's leader, Jessy Ambroisine, the Basecampers are set up with traditional face paint and costumes, strapped with drums to their chests and join the band. What starts as a simple practice session walking along the Caribbean boardwalk, turns into a full-out flash street party. The beat of the drums set the rhythm as tourists and locals alike joined in to shake their booty.

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Basecamp is a reality documentary series about a bunch of friends traveling around the world seeking alternative experiences in popular travel destinations. Booking stereotypical resort packages for the logistics and security, we then bust off the grounds and interact with locals to find the best adventures in the region.

This episode features basecampers Troy Peckham, Sarah Bobas, and Bradley Augustin.