Happy Carnival season to all residents and visitors of the United States Virgin Islands!
As we celebrate this exciting time, it's important to reflect on the rich history of carnival in St. Thomas. Carnival in the USVI has roots dating back to the early 1700s when enslaved Africans were brought to the islands by European colonizers. These enslaved individuals brought with them their African traditions, including their colorful and lively carnival celebrations.
Today, St. Thomas' Carnival is a unique blend of African, European, and Caribbean cultures, and is celebrated in the streets with vibrant parades, music, and dancing. It is a time for us to come together as a community, to honor our ancestors and our culture, and to revel in the spirit of unity and joy.
As we enjoy this festive season, let us remember to celebrate safely and responsibly. Please take care of yourselves and each other, and let's continue to make St. Thomas' Carnival a cherished tradition for generations to come.
Happy Carnival season! Schedule of events linked below.