St. Croix, Virgin Islands Crucian Christmas Carnival #LOL30
2 of 30 carnivals down on the Life Of a Legend Carnival Tour lead by Giselle the Wassi One.
St. Croix, Virgin Islands was the second stop on the 30 carnival tour. The Crucian Christmas Carnival incorporates modern day celebrations of long standing traditions. These holiday traditions date back to at least the early 1800s when enslaved Africans were allowed time off to celebrate Christmas, and they made the most of this time off by celebrating. They dressed up in costumes, paraded through the streets of town, visited other plantations, and they celebrated with dancing, music and general merrymaking. In 1952, these traditions were revived into an annual organized festival of events we’ve come to know as the Crucian Christmas Carnival.
The Carnival parades are the highlight of Crucian Christmas Carnival, and the last official events of the Carnival festivities. A beautiful display of Crucian culture, the parades feature troupes dancing through the streets all day long wearing beautifully hand crafted, vibrant, feathery costumes. From majorettes to moko jumbies, steel pan bands to fire dancers, the parades offer a unique chance for spectators to experience the magic, traditions, and cultural heritage of St. Croix.