One of the island’s biggest summer celebrations, Bermuda Heroes Weekend is a Carnival-style party that features local cuisine, Soca music, some of the world’s best Steel Pan musicians, a parade of bands, boat rides and more. Events include Friday's opening night extravaganza on Front Street, the all-night J'Ouvert Celebration, the Parade of Bands, Promoters Day events and Race Day Raft Up on Monday, National Heroes Day.
Take a look at the events below from the most recent festival, and get ready to take part in the fun on June 16-19, 2017.
Celebrating Bermuda’s Heroes
Part of Bermuda Heroes Weekend is all about heroes, of course – those Bermudians who are “admired and acknowledged for their courage, outstanding achievements and noble qualities.” The most recent event recognized Gladys Carlyon de Courcy Morrell, a leader of the 30-year campaign for women’s voting rights in Bermuda, beginning in the 1920s, and Sir Edward Trenton Richards, one of a small group of visionaries who laid the foundations for the diverse, inclusive Bermuda of today. “To know our heroes is to know ourselves,” the event organizers wrote. “Our values, our collective history, who we are, and what makes us as Bermudians great.”
Recap of 2016's Heroes Weekend
Family Fun: Kiddie Carnival
As a precursor to the main event, the Bermuda Heroes Weekend presented a Kiddie Carnival, which in recent years has been held at Victoria Park in the City of Hamilton. Kicking off with a mini-parade of bands, the Kiddie Carnival features food, activities and plenty of entertainment for the little ones.
Opening Night: Five Star Friday
Five Star Friday got Bermuda Heroes Weekend off to a lively start at the National Sports Center in Devonshire. Attendees danced to the sounds of some of the greatest soca musicians on the planet from 7 pm until midnight (or later).
'Til the Break of Dawn: The J’Ouvert Celebration of Our Heroes
Revelers partied 'til the sun comes up at the Michael Preece Softball Stadium at Bernard’s Park in Pembroke. Sweet soca music, plus food and drink kept everyone going through the dawn.
Feel the Rhythm: The Parade of Bands
Starting at noon on a Saturday, the streets filled with thousands of revelers, dancing to the beat of several bands, who travel along in trucks.
The streets fill with thousands of revellers, dancing to the beat. Watch from the sidewalk or join in!
Steel Pan Jam: Pan in the Park
Everyone blissed out to the light and happy sounds of steel pan drums in Hamilton’s Victoria Park. Pan in the Park featured local and international pan artists and bands spreading the good vibes.
Out on de Water: BHW Raft Up
It wouldn’t be a Bermuda celebration without a little time spent out on the water. The BHW Raft Up is a party that floats, with everyone heading to the Great Sound near Morgan’s Point with their flotation devices of choice, prepared to soak up the sun.