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Caribbean Carnivals & Festivals
C U R A Ç A O
Carnival 
Curaçao's homey pre-Lenten Carnival features weeks of buildup, such as a Children's Carnival Parade. The big events occur on the days preceding Ash Wednesday, and include big parades with flamboyant island groups competing for best costumes and floats. 

     When: New Year's Day until midnight on the day before Ash Wednesday 

S A I N T   T H O M A S , 
U . S .   V I R G I N   I S L A N D S
Carnival
Saint Thomas took the best carnival activities and gave them a secular spin, eliminating the pre-Lenten overtones of Trinidad's Carnival. Events include African customs such as frenetic baboula dancing, and parades with stilt-walking mocko jumbies. Calypso contests, jazz groups, traditional quelbe music, and steel bands round out the festivities. 
     When: Late April 

 T R I N I D A D
Carnival
Get ready for boisterous music making and an unbridled bacchanalia when you attend the biggest of Caribbean carnivals. Carnival showcases original Trinidadian culture in calypso, soca, and steel band competitions, "jump-up" parades, fantastic costumes, and big parties throughout the capital Port of Spain. Not for the weak of heart. 
     When: New Year's Day until Ash Wednesday, with the climax on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday 

 
 

D O M I N I C A
Creole Day
Dominicans honor their heritage on Creole Day, when women wear traditional madras dress and restaurants make a point of serving crapaud (frogs' legs, that is, or "mountain chicken") and other traditional dishes. Activities include street dancing and singing, accompanied by jing ping bands, storytelling, and folk dancing. 
     When: Usually celebrated the Friday before the 3 November Independence Day celebration. 

B A R B A D O S
Crop Over Festival
This festival dates from the 1780s, when Barbados was the world's largest sugar producer, and harvest time meant a huge celebration. Crop Over week features the crowning of the Calypso Monarch, a large Market Day, and the climactic Kadooment Day, when masqueraders pour into the streets of Bridgetown for parades, dancing, and fireworks. 
     When: Late July to mid-August 

G U A D E L O U P E
La Fête des Cuisinières
"The Festival of Women Cooks" honors Saint-Laurent, patron saint of cooks. The festival, held in Pointe-à-Pitre since 1916, features costumes, parades, and a 5-hour banquet—the best of French and Creole cuisine. Sample crabes farcis (stuffed crabs) and wash it down with ti punch, a traditional drink of rum, cane syrup, and lime. 
     When: Early August 

S A N   J U A N ,   P U E R T O   R I C O
Casals Festival
Spanish-born cellist, conductor, and humanitarian Pablo Casals moved to Puerto Rico in 1956, where he directed the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico, a series of spring classical concerts. The tradition continues today, and some of the world's finest musicians converge on San Juan and join the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra in performing classical standards. 
     When: Late June 


 
 
 
 
Carnivals in Y2K

 Feb 23 Guyana (Mashramani)
 Mar 6 - Mar 7 Trinidad and Tobago
 April Cayman Islands (Batabano Carnival)
 April 8 - May 6 St. Thomas
 April 28 - 30 Jamaica Carnival
 May 6 Point Fortin Borough Day (T&T)
 May 26 - 29 Atlanta Peach Carnival
 May 26 - 29 Los Angeles, California
 May 26 - 29 Orlando, Florida
 May 26 - 29 Oakland, California
 May 26 -29 San Francisco, California
 June 10 - 11 Galveson, Texas
 June 17 Hartford, Conn.
 June 24 Washington, DC.
 July St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida
 July Syracuse, NY
 July York, Canada
 July 1 - 18 St. Lucia
 July 1 - August 7 Barbados Cropover
 July 15 Delaware
 July 22 Jersey City, NJ
 July 18 - August 8 Nevis (Culturama)
 July 21 - August7 Toronto (Caribana)
 July 28 - August 8 Anguilla
 August Dallas/Forth Worth
 August East Orange, NJ
 August Jamaica Sumfest
 August Newark, NJ
 August Ottawa, Canada (Fete Caribe)
 August  Tallahassee, Florida
 August 11 - 13 Baltimore (In the Park)
 August 11-13 Detroit, Michigan
 August 11 - 15 Grenada
 August 17 - 26 St. Kitts (Carifesta VII)
 August 19 - 20 Chicago (Carifete)
 August 26 Boston, Mass.
 August 31 - September 5 Brooklyn. NY (Labor Day Carnival)
 September Houston, Texas
 September San Diego, California
 September Westchester, NY
 September 8 -10 Baltimore, Maryland (Carnival)
 September 9 Long Island, NY
 September 24 - October 11Freeport, Grand Bahamas
 October Brooklyn, NY (Last Lap Carnival)
 October Key West, Florida
 October 6 - 9 Miami, Florida
 October 27 - November 5 Cayman Islands (Pirates' Week)
 November  Jacksonville, Florida

T&T CARNIVAL MONDAYS

1998  February 23
1999  February 15
2000  March 6
2001  February 26
2002  February 11
2003  March 3
2004  February 23
2005  February 7
2006  February 27
2007  February 19
2008  February 4
2009  February 23
2010  February 15