Almost every Caribbean island celebrates Carnival at a different time of year. St. Thomas and St. Croix, for example, have their Carnival festivities after Easter and during Christmas/New Year’s, respectively.
St. John’s Carnival hits at the height of off-season, creating a significant occurrence on the island’s summer tourism radar.
The St. John Festival, as it is known, is a month-long event ending with a boisterous parade and fireworks on July 4th. Islanders celebrate freedom and emancipation by donning elaborate costumes and dancing to the steady beat of live calypso music.
The small town of Cruz Bay comes alive each day of Carnival, with local crafts and food for sale throughout town, nighttime stage performances, and booth after booth of delicious local food and drinks. The “children’s village” offers dozens of bounce-houses and games for the smaller folks.
For the complete 2015 St. John Festival schedule of events, checkout the Carnival calendar here: