The fabulous costumes! Fantastic music! Delicious food! Intriguing contests! It's a Carnival Baccanal!
The three islands of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John celebrate Carnival at different times of the year. For St. Thomas, the largest Carnival of the three, the dates this year are: April 12-May 02.
If you're wondering why Carnival runs for such a long period, it's because there's so much that goes on, it takes that long to stuff it all in. There are parades, tramps (more on that later), singing contests, pageants, fairs, parties, and oh, so much more.
According to a 2003 survey conducted by USA Today, St. Thomas' Carnival is in the Top Ten of Carnivals in the world. Each year the number of visitors, and non-Virgin Islands participants increases.
Carnival in the Virgin Islands is not only a fun event, but is considered seriously historical and cultural. It is fascinating to look at some of these events from the inside out.
In the coming weeks, we'll visit some of the many Carnival events that make the celebration so special:
Carnival Queen-King-Prince & Princess Contests
I hope you'll join me as we celebrate St. Thomas Carnival.