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Carnival in many Caribbean Islands is an annual event featuring sound systems and parade bands. Carnival has three elements; dressing up in masquerade, music, and dancing. Carnival is all about elaborate costumes, steel drums, masks, feathers, people, food and most importantly the vast array of drinks!!
Carnival spreads to many Caribbean Islands, where tradition is infused with the unique culture each island brings. While all carnivals worldwide celebrate with costumes and dancing, you experience a different flavour of Carnival in the Caribbean depending on which island you visit.
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St Lucia Carnival is one of the best annual party events in the Caribbean. Taking place each year during July. St Lucia becomes a massive celebration filled with elaborate costumes, intoxicating rhythms, parades and much more. Under the leadership of the Cultural Development Foundation, St Lucia Carnival continues to grow more vibrant and creative each year. St Lucia Carnival commences in the island’s capital of Castries. there is a wide range of festivities that take place throughout the entire city; Castries Capital and Gras Islet hosting most of the action. A number of parties also take place on Pigeon Island, Reduit Beach and Rodney Bay Marina.
The Love Of Culture Crop Over Festival is an annual summer festival dating back to the 17th century. Jamaica is the most popular and colourful event in the Caribbean and celebrates the official end of the sugar cane season. The six-week event celebrates with parties from dusk till dawn, arts and crafts markets, culinary-driven street fairs and more.
Jamaica Carnival is the place to go if you want to have the time of your life! It is a high energy, vibrant, colourful celebration. Filled with reggae, calypso and soca music.
Crop Over is the official Opening Gala and the Ceremonial Delivery of the Last Canes. The festival features ‘Cohobblopot’, a large carnival show with members of Kadooment bands. Crop Over is the biggest event of the year! It is a whole month of celebrating with parades, parties and live music. Come and live it up and experience the carnival spirit that is felt during Crop Over!
Carriacou Carnival is the the best style of street dancing in Grenada. With an array of different cultural traditions, island music, food with various spices, all those that visit the island are filled with joy, laughter and vibrant colours.
Trinidad Carnival is the mother of all Carnival celebrations. The country hosts the biggest party in the Caribbean. Carnivalists parade the streets for two days while wearing elaborate feathered costumes otherwise known as "mas" on the island. Hotel bookings get booked a year in advance, so make sure you plan ahead if you want to attend this legendary festival.
The Dominican Republic definitely puts its own spin on Carnival, where traditional calypso music is swapped out for bachata and merengue. While Carnival displays an array of colourful costumes, feathers, Carnivalists often wear traditional wear that represents their African or Indigenous Taíno roots. Parades take place every Sunday in February throughout the country with La Vega being one of the top spots to visit.
Carnival in Puerto Rico also known as Carnaval Ponceño, is centralized in the city of Ponce on the southern coast. Which takes place throughout the week leading up to Ash Wednesday, with plenty of traditions that transport carnivalists back to Spain, such as the final Burial of the Sardine ritual. Final night, "mourners" carry a giant constructed sardine through the town in a mock funeral and then burn it. As with all Carnival events, the ritual is followed up by an all-night party.