St. Thomas Carnival 2014

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The St. Thomas Carnival is well under way; it began on April 5 and ends next weekend, on May 3. The Carnival Village opened this past Friday and yesterday the Calypso Revue took place at Lionel Roberts Stadium. Today in Charlotte Amalie Harbor the day featured the annual Carnival Water Sports and, as I write, people in Charlotte Amalie are dancing to the rhythms of the islands at the Steelband Jamboree.

The next few activities include the Pre-Teen Tramp on Monday, April 28; on Tuesday, April 29, the Senior Citizens’ Quelbe Tramp; on Wednesday, April 30, the Cultural Fair, including “Charles’ and Joe’s Flamboyant Garden” honoring Charles & Joseph Leonard at Emancipation Garden. Then, on May 1, at 4:00am it is time for the island’s famous J’ouvert (Roas-A-Time) on Veteran’s Drive. The New York Post’s Chris Bunting describes it as “the pre-party party that goes down two days before the adult parade, where damn near the entire island parades in Charlotte Amalie at sunrise.”

On Friday, May 2, it’s time for the Children’s Parade, which leads up to the Adult’s Parade on Saturday, May 3, and the Carnival Fireworks Show later that evening.

Comparing various Caribbean carnivals, Bunting calls the St. Thomas Carnival “the best in the Caribbean for beginners” because of its mellow, laid-back attitude. He writes:

“But good old no-passport-requiring St. Thomas, being a United States Virgin Islander and all, has a mellower, considerably more laid-back take on things. [. . .] Now in its 62nd annual go-round, running April 5 through May 3., St. Tommy’s Carnival kicks off with calypso competitions and a steel band jamboree, and ends with its headliner, the adult’s parade (there’s a cuter kiddie one the day before) in the USVI capital of Charlotte Amalie, right in the center of the island’s southern coast. It starts at the Western Cemetery, works its way down Main Street, and ends at Lionel Roberts Stadium. Costumes are typically some combination of feathers, sequins and (mostly) skin; troupe sizes range from a few dozen people, to hundreds.”

For full article by Chris Bunting, see http://nypost.com/2014/01/13/kick-off-this-years-carnival-season-in-sunny-sexy-st-thomas/

See full schedule at http://www.vicarnival.com/

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