Every year, the islands of the Caribbean host hundreds of Carnivals, Festivals and holiday celebrations. Special events abound in this region, so regardless of which country you visit, there is a good chance something exciting will be going on.  Dates may change from year to year, so if you’re planning a return trip for your favorite festival, be sure to check the calendar for this year’s dates and times. Island parties and celebratory events can be placed in one of three categories: traditional, musical and sports-related.  This festival’s name may sometimes be spelled “Carnaval,” and it may be held during different times of the year, but you can be sure to find this street party on any number of islands, including: Antigua, Aruba, Barbados, Curacao, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St Vincent, St Maarten, and, of course, Trinidad and Tobago, where this quintessentially Caribbean festival got its start. Although the celebration of Carnival originated from the European tradition of pre-Lenten feasting, this festival has developed into something much bigger.

caribdancer5Often, those who do not celebrate before Lent will find Carnival the perfect occasion to commemorate other events in the island’s past. But no matter the focus, all Carnival events include elaborate costumes worn by many participants, including an elected king and queen, and a street parade with colorful floats. Music is also an important part of the celebrations, and bands join in the parades, and often play at nearby venues. With glittering costumes and exciting events, this is one street party not to be missed for travelers looking to catch a glimpse of Caribbean culture.  Many US cities with a large caribbean population have their version of Carnival from Canada to Florida, so if you can’t travel to the Caribbean, jump in on one at a city near you.

carnivalbandIn the month of June you can catch:
• Barbados Corp Over – runs from May to August
• Vincy Mas in St Vincent & the Grenadines – June 24 to July 5th.

Check the Events calendar for your favorite island Carnival and Enjoy u Self! 


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