Most Popular Caribbean Carnivals

October is not quite carnival time in the Caribbean, but as the hurricane season is coming to an end and late autumn weather begins to make its first sun-seeking victims, I thought you might enjoy a post on one of the Caribbean’s most popular traditions: carnivals. Almost each Caribbean island has its carnival and none of the carnivals resembles the other. Unlike the other big carnivals around the world (Rio de Janeiro, Tenerife, Venice), not all the Caribbean carnivals take place around Mardi Gras. If you will take a closer look a the following most popular Caribbean festivals, you’ll see that some of them might take place in summer, some in spring, so, no matter when you travel, it’s always carnival time in the Caribbean!

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival


Well, the Trinidad and Tobago is the one exception to the above mentioned rule/or lack of rule, if I may say so. The Trinidad and Tobago carnival is a classical Mardi Gras manifestation with a lot of Caribbean charm. In what is generally regarded as the biggest carnival in the Caribbean, the streets of Port of Spain transform into a massive dance ring, where themost talented calipso dancers display their talents, all dressed up in minimalistic costumes and flamboyant feather headdresses.

Barbados Crop Over

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The carnival in Barbados takes place late into the summer, which in Barbados marks the end of harvest time. Barbados has been a main sugar cane producer since colonial times – this pretty much explains the great rum – which is why sugar cane harvesting is such an important event on this island. There will be food, music and parading at this lively festival, but no drum queen is ever coronated – the prize goes to the best costume designer instead.

Antigua Carnival

Tourists traveling to Antigua at the end of July will be delighted to wake up one morning and see the streets filled with multicolored costumes and noisy calipso bands. This is the typical Caribbean carnival,with lots of showing off extravagant outfits, parades and tons of fun.

St. Martin/Marteen Carnival

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What’s really fantastic about the St Martin festival is that it is the only one that takes place twice a year. As you may know, the island is part French, part Dutch, so each of the two sides celebrates its own carnival. So you can either choose to celebrate before the Easter lent in French caribbean style, or wait until the end of it and meet King Momo, the mythical figure of St. Matreen carnival.

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