Some of the biggest Carnivals are before Lent.
Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Dominica,
Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat,
St. Bart’s, St. Martin and Trinidad.
In July and early August are the BVIs, St. Lucia, Anguilla,
Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Montserrat,
St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Eustatius, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Tobago.
Also held before Lent, two Carnival one for the adults tho other children
both held the same day.
Called Junkanoo, the big parade is held in two phases, the day after Christmas (Boxing Day) and January 1.
Music is supplied by cow- and goatskin drums, cowbells and whistles.
It’s called Crop Over here, dating to the 1780s when Barbados was the world’s largest sugar producer. The celebration honors the harvest, the time when the crop was over. The festival, lasting for 5 weeks, presents the harvest’s last sugarcanes to the King and Queen, the best male and female cane cutters. The carnival parade, or Grand Kadooment, is set to calypso music. Calypso bands vie for various titles including the ingeniously named Pic-O-De-Crop.
Most large towns hold their own Carnival on a weekend in February or March.
Many costumes feature papier-mache devil masks with many horns
and teeth and grotesque human expressions.
The most colorful parades are in Santiago and La Vega.
This 2-week celebration on the Dutch side at the end of April marks the anniversary of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, which falls on April 30. The parade is usually held in the afternoon. This Carnival is a bargain since it’s held after high-season hotel prices have dropped.
Begun in 1954 as the August Festival, the name was changed to the Emancipation Festival to celebrate the freeing of slaves on August 1, 1834. Although held for many days, the most important period centers on August Monday, the closest to August 1st.
The day before Monday’s big parade, a religious service features a short historical overview and drama, reenactment of the singing and a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by the governor or government minister at the Sunday Well, where it was originally proclaimed. J’ouvert is held Monday morning, followed by the mid-afternoon parade.
Trinidad hosts the Caribbean ‘s biggest and most colorful bash.
You can even buy your own costume and take part in the parade.
The massive parade takes a full day to pass through
Queen’s Park Savannah.
Lasting for almost two weeks, the main events occur just two days
before Ash Wednesday.