It’s bigger than Christmas, bigger than Easter, bigger than, well, just about anything else in St. Thomas. It’s Carnival, the craziest, loudest, boldest festival of the year, when all the stops are pulled out and the island becomes one big thrumming, humming hive of music and activity.
Rated one of the best carnivals in the world by USA Today, this year’s festivities officially run from April 17th to May 7th. But most of the really fun stuff is on the weekend of April 29-May 1, and the weekend of May 6-7-8.
On Friday the 29th is the “Soca Explosion” at Lionel Roberts Stadium, and Saturday night (also at Roberts Stadium) is the Calypso Extravaganza, where a combination of VI and international calypso artists compete and perform.
On Friday the 6th of May the Children’s Parade starts at 10am, and the adult parade follows on Saturday at 10am. The big finale is Saturday night, when fireworks start at 9pm, followed by the 10pm “calypso skectakula.”
This year’s theme is “Let Our Cultural Spirit Enliven Carnival 2011.” And in case you were wondering, St. Croix and St. John also have carnivals, but at different times of the year from St. Thomas.