From January until April, in villages and towns all over the Caribbean host Mardis Gras, a festival that mixes delicious food, uniquely local music and local crafts, plenty of dancing in colorful costumes into a splendid celebration.
Main streets are all closed off to cars, which are replaced by thousands of visitors who have come to enjoy the nightlife and celebrate living life on a beautiful Caribbean. More importantly, closing off the main boulevards means thousands of revelers can come out to dance in beautiful costumes!
What is Mardis Gras?
Carnival events start in January, on the first Sunday after the Epiphany and continue until Ash Wednesday in February.
There are typically parades that shut down the entire city every Sunday (otherwise the roads are generally kept open). The parades showcase dancing and splendid costumes by local groups from different communities all over the Caribbean.
“Mardi Gras” and “Carnival season” refer to carnival celebrations beginning in the Caribbean and some parts of the southern United States in early January after Epiphany and winding up on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Mardi gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, and gets its name from practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The pre-fast feasting has, throughout the ages, been accompanied with dancing and colorful costumes and competitions. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, playing pranks, dancing, sports competitions, and parades – a typical Caribbean Mardi Gras.
Compelling Mardi Gras events include delicious local foods, infectious live music, and, of course, dancers wearing incredible costumes. There are also boutiques to check out, plus art galleries, and different restaurants overlooking the beautiful Caribbean who all get into the spirit of the season.
Charles Edwards frequently blogs about the Caribbean events.