Caribbean Festivals & Events
When most people consider visiting the Caribbean the immediately think of crystal clear waters, scuba diving, sailing and laying out on white sandy beaches. If you really want to experience the Caribbean we recommend setting you sights a little bit higher. Don't get us wrong, the Caribbean offers some of the most spectactular scenary and outdoor experiences in the world but it also offers some of the most unique festivals and events in the world as well. Planning your next vacation in conjunction with Caribbean festivals, events or carnivals is an opportunity turn your Caribbean vacation into the experience of a life time.
Festivals are constantly being held on most Caribbean islands. Not only are Caribbean celebrations fun, it is a great way to learn more about native cultures. The following are some of the more popular festivals held on select Caribbean islands.
Top Caribbean Festivals
Carnival, Trinidad & Tobago
Carnival, the rowdy and flamboyant February festival, is held annually in many regions in Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean. The largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean is held in Trinidad. Locals spend a lot of time preparing for the annual festival by rehearsing with band mates, preparing food, and setting up street decorations. Once the celebrations begin, there a number of parades, musical performances, and other celebrations held. The various ornate costumes worn during celebrations are another major draw to the events of Carnival.
Junkanoo Festival, Bahamas
The Junkanoo Festival, held in the Bahamas and other former British colonies, is an annual celebration inspired by African culture. The biggest celebrations are sponsored in the Bahamas. Similar to Carnival, celebrators perform various dances, dress in consumes, and ring cowbells throughout the streets. However, the celebrations begin midnight of the designated festival date, a unique feature of the Junkanoo Festival.
New Year's Eve, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
One of the best New Year’s parties in the world is held in the British Virgin Islands on Jost Van Dyke. Many wealthy party goers decide to spend the New Year on a private yacht docked in the harbor. The bars on the island stay open through the early morning hours, so it can get pretty jovial and rowdy on the island. It is not uncommon to see some partiers sprawled out on the beach from enjoying the New Year a little too much.
St. Patrick's Day, Montserrat
Since many Irish migrants made their home on Montserrat, St. Patrick’s Day on the island is full of festivals, musical performances, costumes, and partying. The parties do not end once the day is over; celebrations carry on throughout the week. Ireland and Montserrat are the only nations where the holiday is recognized as a national celebration.
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