Carnival St. Barths, FWI 2016

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Carnival St. Barths, FWI 2016

When you say the word Carnival most people think of Rio De Janerio, Brazil; Trinidad and Tobago and of course St. Thomas, USVI. In reality pretty much every island in the Caribbean has some version of Carnival and St. Barths is no exception. In St. Barths, Carnival is more of a Mardi Gras celebration.  Floats and troops clothed in bright colors dance down the parade route in Gustavia.

Carnival is a three day event starting in Gustavia with the Children’s Parade, followed by Mardi Gras Parade the following day. The party ends on Ash Wednesday with the burning of the effigy of Vaval, the King of Carnival on Shell Beach. This begins the 40 days¬†of Lent for Catholics on the island.

“The tradition of electing a king to rule over Carnival began in ancient Rome and Greece, where the week before the holy season of lent was eating, drinking and making merry. All societal rules were abandoned, and people, whether slaves or masters, disguised themselves with masks and marched through the streets in immodest clothes, sang raunchy songs, and defied laws. The King of Carnival mocked authority by suspending all rules and commanding everyone to enjoy themselves.” ( Adventure Guide to St. Martin and St. Barts by Lynne M. Sullivan)

Mark your calendar for February 27-March 1, 2017 if you want to experience a taste of Mardi Gras the island way! Bring a costume and join in the fun.

Here are some pictures from Carnival 2016: Photos Courtesy of Alain Photographie