Carnival in the United States Virgin Islands
Carnival in St. Thomas is a three-day extravaganza, which is the second largest in the Caribbean. It started back in 1912 but it did not become an annual event until 1950. It occurs after the Easter season.
Carnival brings people together which is one of the most important elements of the entire celebration. It is the blending together of the rich West Indian, African, European and American cultures that cause such exuberant and pulsating music. Carnival is the most anticipated cultural event of the year.
It is the festive celebration of music, dancing, singing, parades and masquerades. It draws on African and European customs and there is great music, exotic costumes, dancing, food and drinks. This spectacle has been growing every year in popularity and participation.