Caribbean Summer Festival: Color Your Yacht Charter Brilliant!
What’s the best time for a Caribbean yacht charter? Anytime! But if you plan your yacht charter during a Caribbean summer festival celebration it’s even more fun! The streets are electric! There’s music and dancing, parades and performers, exhibitions and races, street food and trinket vendors. It’s a great cultural opportunity that only happens a couple of times a year. Just imagine, the sea is balmy, the beaches sparkle and the spectacle in the streets is bedazzling.
Caribbean summer festival Spice Mas begins festivities in mid-July. The fun accelerates with increasing intensity until August 15. Brimming with the pageantry and expression of African, French, British and Caribbean heritage, Carnival is colorful, humorous and full of surprises. Jump up and dance to kaiso, a musical tradition that originated in West Africa and later evolved into calypso. You’ll also hear soca, calypso and steel pan music from spicemas bands competing for Carnival honors. Everything comes to a fabulous crescendo on August 14-15, when the entire island is happily jumping up.
This year in Road Town, Tortola, the British Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival runs from July 28 to August 9. It is a celebration of the island ancestors’ freedom from colonialism and their cultural history. Residents showcase their culture and history in grand style with extravaganzas of local and international music, pageants, food fairs, j’ouvert (street jamming), parades, races, gospel celebrations and folklore presentations.
Sixty years-old and still going strong, this party runs from July 28-August 8 this year. Join in the fun during this classic Antigua Carnival celebration with steel pan music, competitions, including crowning of a carnival queen, parades through St. John’s and J’ouvert. On Carnival Tuesday, all roads lead to Carnival City (Antigua Recreation Ground), for the Last Lap and the splashy parade of the bands.
If you have the stamina, don’t miss celebrating with the locals at this year’s Crop Over party, July 14-August 7. The festival traces its roots back to the 18th century, when the sugarcane plantations’ final harvest of the season would be heralded with music and merriment. Crop Over today is a heady tribute to Barbadian culture, a mixture of African survival heritage and Western modern culture. Celebrate this mash up of arts and crafts, music, dance and raucous rum-fueled parties. Barbados’ Crop Over Festival culminates on Kadooment Day with a rollicking road march along Spring Garden Highway.
Tiny island, big party, July 27-August 19. This Caribbean summer festival celebrates the 19th-century emancipation of slaves during a dozen days filled with music, art and culture. Youngsters join in the Junior Kaiso competition and Talented Youth pageant, while the cultural street fair, parade though Charlestown, and Emancipation Day Jump-Up are family fun.
Contact Select Yachts for available charter yachts to perfectly meet the requirements of your party. Don’t let the parade pass you by!!