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Crucian Christmas Festival: Adult Parade
The grand finale of Crucian Christmas Carnival, the Three Kings Day Adult Parade is a beautiful display of Crucian culture. The parades feature troupes dancing through the streets all day long wearing beautifully hand crafted, vibrant, feathery costumes. From majorettes to moko jumbies, steel pan bands to fire dancers, the parades offer a unique chance for spectators to experience the magic, traditions, and cultural heritage of St. Croix. It’s a huge party along Frederiksted’s King Street, don’t miss it! A huge fireworks display closes the official Carnival season following the Adult Parade.
A month long celebration, the Crucian Christmas Festival (or Crucian Christmas Carnival) incorporates modern day celebrations of long standing traditions. These holiday traditions date back to at least the early 1800s when enslaved Africans were allowed time off to celebrate Christmas, and they made the most of this time off by celebrating. They dressed up in costumes, paraded through the streets of town, visited other plantations, and they celebrated with dancing, music and general merrymaking. In 1952, these traditions were revived into an annual organized festival of events we’ve come to know as the Crucian Christmas Carnival.
While most of the Carnival action happens in Frederiksted where the main Carnival Village is setup, there are events and venues that span across the island of St. Croix. Festival celebrations include displays and competitions of talented bands and musicians, pageants for Carnival royalty, cultural activities, and fairs that showcase local arts, crafts, foods, and drinks. But, the best is saved for last at the culmination of Carnival: J’ouvert, the Children’s Parade, and the famous Adult’s Parade.
The dates for the festival each year are as follow:
- Festival Activities begin the 2nd Sunday of December
- Children’s parade is on the 1st Friday of the New Year
- Adult parade is in the 1st Saturday of the New Year
- Village opens 10 days before the Children’s parade