St. Thomas Carnival is the place to go if you want to have the time of your life! It is a high energy, vibrant and colorful celebration in a tropical paradise!
April 6th, 2019
May 5th, 201900 Days to start
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What is Carnival in St. Thomas?
In the Virgin Islands, carnival is a big deal! Carnival is the biggest and most anticipated annual event in St. Thomas! The St. Thomas Carnival is the biggest party of the year. The locals love their carnival and the St. Thomas Carnival is a sensory explosion of colorful costumes, masquerade parades, Caribbean music and revelry.
St. Thomas Carnival is about celebrating life and freedom which is done through costumes, dancing, parades, parties, pageantry, music, food, drinks, singing, family, friends and lots of fun. There are loads of live music shows, pageants, fairs and mouth-watering local food and drinks consumed.
But carnival is so much more than just one giant party! St. Thomas Carnival is about celebrating and embracing local culture and the unique traditions and heritage of the island, which are a mix of both African, European and Caribbean customs.
When is Carnival in St. Thomas?
Carnival in the US Virgin Islands occurs at different times throughout the year. The St. Thomas Carnival an annual post-Easter Carnival, usually held around April/May. St. Thomas Carnival is actually the second largest Caribbean Carnival celebration, as it runs as a month long event.
The official 2019 St. Thomas Carnival dates will run from April 6th to May 5th 2019.
Where is Carnival in St. Thomas?
Saint Thomas is located in the Caribbean Sea. Along with St. John, Water Island and St. Croix, it forms the United States Virgin Islands. The territorial capital and port of Charlotte Amalie is located on the island and this is where the majority of the carnival activities will occur.
What is the history of St. Thomas Carnival?
Carnival in St. Thomas began over 100 years ago! The first carnival was held in 1912 as a way to celebrate local culture. But it took 38 years before the carnival was officially turned into an annual event! In 1952 a man named Ron de Lugo revived carnival in St. Thomas and the celebrations continued to grow in popularity ever since.
How do they celebrate carnival in St. Thomas?
Carnival in St. Thomas is a month long celebration filled with events. You have dazzling pageants and talent shows that are about electing the carnival royalty. There are loads of fun and random events like a greased pig contest, boat races and a toddlers derby.
There is also some very prestigious set of elimination contests which reward the top entertainers called Calypso Tents. These performers usually offer satirical commentary about affairs on the island or will often mock politicians and the elite.
There are loads of live music shows featuring calypso, steel pan or soca music. Lots of chances to dance and party. There is a colorful firework displays, amusement park rides and loads of activities for the kids.
The last week of carnival in St. Thomas is when things really start to heat up and the more popular events occur as well as most of the hard core partying. The most popular events are J’ouvert, a morning jump up, the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen and the Food Fair.
The most popular events with the highest attendance is the two parades, the children’s and adults parade which feature the most colorful costumes, floats, decorated troupes, loud music, incredible dancing. The parades head along the parade route which begins below Main Street and make their way to Lionel Robert’s Stadium.