Carnival is the biggest annual event in the Virgin Islands!

In the Virgin Islands, Carnival is big! The word alone causes an explosion of sensory reactions. People envision the colorful costumes worn by masqueraders in the parades. They can hear the sound of steel pan and soca music. They start swaying and singing or humming a popular road-march tune, and their mouth waters as they think about the dishes they will have at food fair. Carnival is the biggest annual event in the Virgin Islands; and with several islands, there are several celebrations! In the U.S. Virgin Islands there is: VI Carnival on St. Thomas in April/May; the St. John Festival is in June/July; and St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Carnival is in December/January. In the British Virgin Islands there is: the BVI Emancipation Festival on Tortola in July/August; and the Virgin Gorda Easter Festival in April.