5 March 2019

Mardi Gras

Celebrate Carnival!

Get ready to party! Carnival celebrations are popular events in St Barth.

The annual Carnival celebration begins in January, the first weekend after Epiphany, with parades or  “déboulés” (in Creole) led by the Pointe en Mouvement and The Youngz, two lively Carnival groups that march regularly through the streets of Gustavia on the weekend, with the resonating sound of the drums warming up to the big Mardi Gras parade.  

This year, Carnival falls on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The festive Mardi Gras party includes a colorful parade in Gustavia, with music, decorated floats, and costumes that compete for the best in creativity. The festivities continue long after sunset, with partying in the streets.

And in island tradition, the next day, on Ash Wednesday, an effigy of Vaval, the Carnival King, is burned in a big bonfire on Shell Beach, with more music and drumming. In St Barth, the Carnival celebration takes place in a lively and friendly ambiance, and many of the island’s residents take part via local associations. Everyone is welcome to join in and take part in one of the most memorable events of the year.

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