Montserrat Carnival


The island of Montserrat will celebrate its annual carnival, known as Festival, from December 4, 2009 – January 1, 2010. During its carnival, the island comes alive with music, revelry and a variety of events that highlight the resilient and exuberant people of Montserrat. “Our carnival is the highlight event of the year as it embodies all the elements of our neighboring islands’ traditional festivities but with its own unique flair,” said Ernestine Cassell, director of tourism. With the wide selection of activities and events, there is something for everyone to enjoy and we encourage visitors to come to the island and experience Montserrat’s rich heritage and vibrant culture.”

This year’s key events include Soca Monarch, a concert featuring the island’s soca artists (December 19); “Nite of Pan,” featuring local pan music (December 23); Street Jam (December 26); Festival Queen Pageant (December 27); and calypso finals, a musical showcase highlighting the island’s top entertainers (December 30). The festival ends with the New Year’s Day parade of troupes, vibrantly costumed revelers that perform traditional songs and dances

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