The Parish of Clarendon

Population 237,024

Clarendon is located on the south of the island in the county of Middlesex. It is the third largest parish and has extensive bauxite deposits. The parish

takes center-stage in August of each year with the hosting of the national agriculture show at Denbigh. The parish is the birthplace of iconic Jamaican

singers such as Freddie McGregor and Toots Hibbert of Toots and the Maytals as well as writer Claude McKay who was a seminal figure in the Harlem

Renaissance. Visitors can delight in the bounty to be found in the daily, open-air market in the parish capital of May Pen, and find respite from weariness

and ailments in the therapeutic mineral waters of Milk River Bath.

Clarendon Attractions:

  • Halse Hall Great House
  • Mason River Wetlands and Game Sanctuary
  • The Indian festival of Hosay, featuring the procession of the spectacular Tadjah or Tazia with drumming on the Tassa and Dholak drums, and dancing
  • Jamaica Agricultural Society’s century-old Annual Denbigh Farm Show
  • Year-end festivities with the African-derived Burru, a drumming masquerade