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Caribbean Island Celebrations & Festivals

PIRATES WEEK FESTIVAL, GRAND CAYMAN

November 9-13, 2017

This event explores and celebrates the history of the Cayman Islands with a pirate invasion re-enactment, plus music, street dances, a float parade, costumes, games, food and drink, cardboard boat race, 5K walks and runs, sports, Kids’ Day and Heritage Day activities — and fireworks.

NYAMJAM JAMAICAN FOOD AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

November 13-15, 2017

This food and music event celebrating the authentic spirit and culture of Jamaica — hosted at GoldenEye Hotel & Resort and James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary, Jamaica — showcases international and local celebrity chefs.

ACCOMPONG MAROON FESTIVAL, JAMAICA

January 6, 2018

This event, celebrated since the signing of the peace treaty between Maroons and the British, more than 200 years ago, seeks to shine the spotlight on the life of the heroic and victorious Maroons through singing, dancing, storytelling, cooking and more.

SAN SEBASTIÁN FESTIVAL, PUERTO RICO

Third Week of January, 2018

One of the biggest celebrations in San Juan, this festival is one enormous outdoor party. San Sebastián Street in Old San Juan gets absolutely stuffed with stalls, crowds, food, alcohol, music, arts and crafts shows, and general revelry.

CARNIVAL SEASON, CURAÇAO

February 12-28, 2018

A true something-for- everyone multigenerational event, where festivities include children’s and adults’ Tumba Music Contest and Children’s parades, Horse Parade, Carnival Party for the Elderly, Teen Carnival Parade, Election of the Teenage and Adult Kings and Queens, and Banda Bouand Grand Farewell parades.

BARBADOS HOLETOWN FESTIVAL, BARBADOS

February 11-18, 2018 (tentative)

Filled with colorful local crafts, music, food and historical parades, this weeklong event commemorates the anniversary of the first British settlement of Barbados at Holetown in February 1627. Opening celebrations take place at the Holetown Monument. There will be a street fair craft and food markets, a parade of bands and vintage cars, live entertainment and more.

PONCE CARNIVAL, PUERTO RICO

February 7-13, 2018

During the week leading up to Ash Wednesday, Ponce on Puerto Rico’s southern coast hosts its version of Mardi Gras. The Ponce Carnival is one of the island’s most celebrated events and also one of the oldest, dating back to the 18th century. Highlights include the vejigantes — costumed characters in colorful demon masks. Music and masked revelers abound. The festival concludes on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday with the Entierro de la Sardina, or Burial of the Sardine, a mock funeral procession.

CARNIVAL, TRINIDAD

February 12-13, 2018

Trinidad’s pre-Lenten Carnival is an explosion of color, music, revelry and creativity (think Mardi Gras). There are massive masquerade bands, spectacular costumes and pulsating music. Everyone is invited to join the party. Some of the festivities may not be suitable for small children, but there are several events that are more family-friendly.

KITE FESTIVAL, BERMUDA

March 30, 2018

Hundreds of Bermudians and visitors celebrate Good Friday at the Horseshoe Bay Beach flying kites of different shapes and colors. They make the kites at home and bring them to the beach. A kite competition is held and prizes are given away after the competition. There will also be live music and entertainment and other activities.

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