Carnivals & Festivals

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BVI offers authentic experience

The British Virgin Islands, known for its cyan sea and sensational sailing, also excels at special events, especially the annual Emancipation Festival July and August. If you’re looking for an authentic experience this is for you.

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Music, mas and more

It is an exhilarating experience,which engages all the senses. A Caribbean carnival has the allure of the Academy Awards, and almost as much preparation.

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Magic of Mocko Jumbies

It couldn't be carnival without them. The fanciful figures, which loom high above the crowd dancing in defiance of evil, are rooted deep in local culture. Mocko jumbies, masked and majestic, symbolize good sprits, which chase away the bad.

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Calypso Cool

Calypso music shines during carnival time. Calypso often involves satirical social commentary, focusing on politics and people.

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Feature Stories

Jumbie spirits

Some islanders confuse the jumbies with mocko jumbies. The first are the evil or impish spirits, while mocko jumbies are masked stilt dancers who mock the spirits and celebrate joi de vie during carnivals and special events. Click for more.

Christmas Festival in St. Croix

It's an event that adds a special flavor to the winter holidays. The annual Crucian Christmas Festival begins in December and heats up to a fabulous finale the first week in January. Click for more.

BVI celebrates Emancipation Festival

The British Virgin Islands, known for its cyan sea and sensational sailing,also excels at special events, especially the annual Emancipation Festival July and August. If you’re looking for an authentic experience this is for you. Click for more.

Honeymoon in a mas camp

I had the nerve to get married to a carnival costume designer seven days before carnival. I arrived in the middle of the madness referred to as the mas camp. Click for more.

A Jamaican carnival

Jamaica’s Bacchanal began in 1989 when over 300 revelers participated in the first carnival parade. Throughout the years, Jamaica has produced inventive mas bands and thematic celebration not easily forgotten. Click for more.

Dominica carnival in February

Carnival in Dominica known as “Real Mas”, is one of the most festive seasons in Dominica. Click for more.

San Sebastian Street Festival in Puerto Rico

Old San Juan's annual San Sebastian Festival every January is not for the faint of heart. Click for more.

St. John Festival

St. John's annual summer festival is one of three carnival celebrations in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and arguably the hottest, if not the biggest cause to party hearty. Click for more.

Holetown Festival in Barbados

The week-long Holetown Festival in Barbados takes place in February. It marks the first English settlement in Barbados, and features local arts and crafts, foods, and a parade of vintage vehicles. Click for more.