This is what the holidays look like on St. Croix…
A month (plus) long celebration that incorporates modern day celebrations with long standing traditions, The Crucian Christmas Carnival is celebrating this year’s theme “All ah we are carnival”. The traditions date back to at least the early 1800′s when enslaved Africans were allowed to celebrate Christmas and New Years. What we’ve come to know as the Crucian Christmas Carnival became an annual event in 1952.
While most of the action happens in Frederiksted, there are events and venues that span all across the big island of St. Croix. Kicking off this year is the Ole Time Night Parade with Stanley and the Ten Sleepless Knights and the East Carnival Village at the Canegata Ball Park. Other festival celebrations include nightly displays of talented bands and musicians, pageants for Carnival royalty and fairs that showcase local crafts, foods, and drinks.
The best is saved for last. The famous Children’s Parade and Adult’s Parade are the last of the official festival events. The Parades are a beautiful display of Crucian culture with troupes dancing through the streets all day long wearing beautifully hand crafted, vibrant, feathery costumes.
Check out these festive photos and videos from years past and be sure to share your photos, videos and stories with us from this year’s carnival!
See you there!
Check out www.stxcarnival.com/events/ for a list of upcoming carnival related events.
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