(PRWEB) April 14, 2014
Every year, St. John celebrates Carnival with a month-long series of events and Festival activities. The calendar of events for 2014 is finally here!
The entire month of June, the tiny island lights-up with energy, including live music shows, elaborate pageants, and food - lots and lots of flavorful food. The Festival Village opening on Friday, June 27, starts a week-long gorge on pates, johnny cakes, and delicious fruit drinks.
Carnival energy piques early on July 4th. From the French word for day break, J'ouvert (pronounced ju-vay) is a large Carnival street party and parade that begins well before dawn on the last morning of the month-long festival. The energetic celebration includes costumed dancers and calypso bands. Fireworks over Cruz Bay harbor at 9 p.m. that same evening caps the celebration.
The ancient African traditions of dancing and moving in circles through villages in costumes and masks are important elements in Caribbean festivals. Parading around villages was believed to bring good fortune and appease deceased relatives.
Carnival masks and costumes are often made with natural elements, like grass or shells, to represent the spiritual forces of nature. Feathers symbolize the ability to rise above misfortune. African drum rhythms, large puppets, stick fighters, and stilt dancers known as moko jumbies add to the eclectic and colorful mix of activities.
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