Don’t miss this carnival, filled with moments of merriment and wild celebration on the Islands of Guadeloupe. Here’s a brief overview of the events taking place from Jan 1 to March 6, 2019.
Each year, carnival festivities liven up the Islands of Guadeloupe, an archipelago well known for its bon vivant attitude and paradisiac landscapes. From Pointe-à-Pitre to Port-Louis and Basse-Terre, to Désirade and Marie-Galante, all the Islands of Guadeloupe adopt the carnival spirit—it’s a full immersion in colorful fun. Music takes the streets and an overall party atmosphere becomes the way of life from Jan 1 to Ash Wednesday.
On the carnival agenda: singing and dancing contests, costumed processions, a major parade in Basse-Terre, and a contest for the next Carnival King and Queen. Don’t miss the impressive parade in the town of Moule on Grande-Terre, a fun neighborhood event where local farmers decorate their wagons, bringing joy and laughter to the crowds of fellow villagers. On March 6, the carnival ends with the incineration of King Vaval, who will once again rise from the ashes the following year!
Initially imported by European settlers, the carnival was quickly appropriated by the Antillean locals, who made it their own, creating a major event for the Islands. Still today, many of the residents participate in the carnival preparations and parades.
Carnival frenzy captures the young and old alike during this time of freedom, expression, and creativity for the Islands of Guadeloupe.