Carnival!! Island Hop and Dance through the Caribbean, in July and August.
Spending your summer dancing through the islands of the Caribbean is a must for anyone who loves a carefree fun time. Carnival in the Caribbean islands are 2-3 months of festivities which concludes with final week of activities including two days of unbelievable music, costumes, and dancing along the streets. Though all if the activities dates are not listed, we have compiled the dates that you should be on the island to experience all the fun.
St. Lucia-Lucian Carnival: parade of the bands July 18th & 19 2016
Lucian carnival as it is known as, has become one of the best in the Caribbean Lucian Carnival pays homage to the island’s African and Catholic heritage. Once held to mark the end of the Lenten season, the festival was relocated in the late 90s to accommodate the island’s thriving tourism industry, and to eliminate competition with the popular Trinidadian Carnival.
Barbados Crop Over Grand Kadooment weekend-Aug 1st & 2nd 2016
The Crop Over summer festival originated in the 1780’s. In that era Barbados was the world’s largest producer of sugar in the British West Indies. At the end of the sugar season, there was a celebration to mark the of another successful sugar cane harvest – the Crop Over celebration.Crop Over attracts tourist from around the world looking to experience this celebration of tradition, music, masquerade and dance.
Antigua Carnival: July 22nd-August 2nd 2016
Known as the island of 365 beaches, Antigua is an ideal place to relax and have fun. Antigua Carnival season showcases Antiguan culture at its best. This cultural festival originated as an emancipation celebration known as Christmas Festival which entailedmusic (calypso,soca and steel drum) and dance.
Although the festival has evolved over the years to resemble a modern Carnival like that of Trinidad, some traditional aspects remained. The highland fling is a Christmas Festival dance, also played in the modern Carnival. It entails performers wearing Scottish kilts, masks made of wire and bearing whips of cowhide.
Nevis Culturama: July 21st to Aug. 2nd 2016
Nevis Culturama was created in 1974 to give a vital thrust to the dying traditional customs of Nevis and to stimulate an interest in the wealth of Nevis’ cultural heritage. At that time, the customary indigenous Christmas traditions and activities were dying and there was an urgent need to revive these traditions so that they can be passed down from generation to generation, ensuring the future of Nevis’ rich cultural heritage.
Anguilla Summer festival: July 28 – August 7th 2016
Anguilla Summer Festival is a combination of Carnival and boat racing activities. This year will celebrate forty seven years of carnival. Summer Festival on Anguilla began as an emancipation celebration, which included traditional August Monday fairs, Bazaars and the old time Christmas festivities, which features many African influenced cultural expressions of island life.
Grenada Spicemas: July 30th-August 9th 2016
Grenada is the perfect way to cap off your island hopping revelry.Spicemas is Grenada’s portrayal of Carnival, with its pinnacle on the second Monday and Tuesday in August. Featuring music, dance and pageantry with African, French, British and Caribbean influences.Spicemas is a colorful, enigmatic, and fun affair which allows Calypsonians, steel pan orchestras, beauty contestants, fancy bands and others perform and parade to compete for Carnival honors.