Excitement is already brewing (in more ways than one!) for Aruba’s upcoming Carnival 70! One of Aruba’s largest and most popular groups, Champagne Carnival Group, is knee-deep in sequins and feathers as organizers prepare for Carnival with the colorful theme of “Hidden Gems” representing their group for the main parades of Oranjestad’s Lighting Parade, the San Nicolas Grand Parade, and the main event, Sunday’s Grand Carnival Parade. The parades kick off with the Fakkel/Torch Parade on Saturday, January 6 with Champagne featuring the theme of “Street Rockers.”
With hundreds of participants making up Champagne’s massa and sections, keeping them fueled and refreshed while dancing their way along the miles-long parade routes is essential to a successful Carnival season and assuring a good time for all. Many Carnival participants who have loyally joined Champagne throughout the years credit the group’s consistency in service and a well-run bar, as well as great music (provided by local band Tsunami and this year’s addition of Youth Extreme) as the essential ingredients that keep them coming back.
Balashi Brewery, Aruba’s local brewers of Balashi, Chill, and Magic Mango, has once again been chosen as Champagne Carnival Group’s official beer supplier. Champagne group director, Leinche Merryweather, explains the group’s relationship with Aruba’s national brewery stems from many years of great service and the simple fact that people love their beer.
Balashi will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2024, and in addition to partnering with Champagne Carnival Group, the brand has been named the official beer of Aruba’s Carnival 70 celebrations.
Balashi and Champagne Carnival Group remind all Carnival-goers to drink responsibly and enjoy a safe and memorable Carnival 70!