Carnival on St. John in the US Virgin Islands is a month long celebration consisting of steel pan performances, pageants, parades, concerts, and many other fun events which all highlight amazing Caribbean culture. The Carnival parade on St. John includes children and adults alike, many sporting the vibrant costumes scene in these pictures.
Not only is it Carnival, but it takes place during two important holidays: Emancipation Day – a local holiday commemorating the abolition of slavery and 4th of July/Independence Day – the U.S. holiday commemorating independence. Carnival celebrations as we know them today in the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. John are the result of various festival traditions being introduced, interpreted, invented, reintroduced, reinterpreted and reinvented – starting a few hundred years ago.
Each year the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee meets to choose a theme for the upcoming Carnival. The themes are usually related to or influenced by a historical event. The theme “A Centennial Commemoration for our 65th Carnival Celebration” was chosen because March 13, 2017, marked the 100th anniversary of the transfer of the US Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United states.
Thank you to Brian Siegel for these awesome photos, check out his website here for more images!
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