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    Caribbean Carnival 2023 Calendar

    Caribbean Carnival 2023 Calendar

    Caribbean Carnival 2023 Calendar 

    Carnival is quite possibly the world's biggest party, and for the Caribbean islands that celebrate it they prepare all year long for this fete. So what are the Caribbean calendar dates for 2023 by Island? Keep reading to find out. 

    Now even though some of these carnival dates are just around the corner for some islands, there is still plenty of opportunity to join in on the fun on other islands later in the year. 

    What is Carnival? A VERY Brief History

    Carnival is traditionally the period before lent and has its roots in christianity stemming from the 1300's.  We first see common carnival traditions like the parades and mask wearing first appearing in medieval Italy. 

    From Italy, these traditions spread to Spain, Portugal and France. Once these nations colonized the Caribbean, they brought their carnival traditions with them. 

    Today, Caribbean nations celebrate carnival as a way to celebrate their freedoms from slavery, colonization and to unify with their countrymen.  Many of the original traditions that were first established long ago, are still visible today like the mask wearing, parades and costumes. 

    Each island has it's own unique traditions and customs for how they celebrate carnival; adding to the richness and beauty of this worldwide celebration. 

    Carnival typically takes place on Tuesday, and is referred to as 'Carnival Tuesday'. Some islands have other events around Carnival Tuesday, like Jovert, Carnival queen, and more. 

    Carnival is almost always happening, with a celebration 10 of the 12 months out of the year. 

     

    2023 Caribbean Carnival Calendar

    Planning Your Trip

    Participating in the worlds largest party does require some planning. Many people start their planning from the year before; depending on what island you plan on going to for carnival. Other islands require a little less time. The biggest problem you'll run into with last minute carnival planning is lodging because an island will always have a limited supply or resources due to its size. This is one of the main reasons you'll want to plan your trip with some advance timing. 

    February Caribbean Carnival Dates 2023 

    Before we get into the Caribbean dates for 2023, it's worth pointing out that this list does not include popular non-Caribbean carnivals that are held by Caribbean communities in locations like Miami, London, and Toronto. 

    Martinique Carnival 2023 

    Location: Saint-Pierre, Martinique 

    Dates: February 16-22 2023

    Official Website: https://www.carnivaland.net/martinique-carnival/

    Carnival De Ponce 2023

    Location: Ponce, Puerto Rico

    Dates: February 18-21, 2023 *Dates not confirmed but it's always the weekend before lent. 

    Official Website: https://www.puertoricodaytrips.com/ponce-carnival/

    Trinidad & Tobago Carnival 2023 

    Location: Port-Of-Spain, Trinidad

    Dates: February 20-21, 2023 

    Curacao Carnival 2023 

    Location: Curacao

    Dates: February 20, 2023

    Official website: https://www.curacao.com/en/why-curacao

    Guadeloupe

    Location: Islandwide

    Dates: February 20, 2023 

    Official Website: https://www.guadeloupe-islands.com/carnival/

    Carriacou Carnival 2023 

    Location: Carriacou 

    Dates: February 20-21, 2023

    Haiti Kanaval 2023

    Location: Haiti

    Dates: February 21, 2023 

    Official Website: https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/carnival-tuesday

     

    2023 Caribbean Carnival Calendar

    Dominican Republic Carnival 2023

    Location: La Vega and Dominican Republic 

    Dates: February 23-27, 2023 

    Official Website: https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/about-dr/carnival/

    Aruba Carnival 2023

    Location: Oranjestad, Aruba 

    Date: February 20-22, 2023 *There are many events for carnival in Aruba starting in November the year before. These dates reflect the actual dates of the main carnival parade. 

    Official Website: https://www.visitaruba.com/things-to-do/carnival/aruba-carnival-schedule/

    April Caribbean Carnival Dates 2023 

    Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Celebrations 2023 

    Location: British Virgin Islands 

    Dates: April 7 2023 *The calendar on the official website has not been updated. 

    Official Website: https://www.vicarnivalschedule.com/virgingorda/ 

    Jamaica Carnival 2023 

    Location: Kingston, Jamaica

    Dates: April 12-18, 2023 

    Official Website: https://www.visitjamaica.com/carnival-in-jamaica/carnival-bands/

    Jamaica Carnival

     

    St. Thomas Carnival 2023

    Location: St. Thomas

    Dates: April 23, 2023 *The calendar on the official website has not been updated.

    Official Website: https://www.vicarnivalschedule.com/

    St. Maarten- St. Martin Carnival 2023

    Location: St. Maarten (St. Martin) 

    Dates: April 30th, 2023 

    July Caribbean Carnival Dates 2023 

    SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES CARNIVAL 2023

    Location: St. Vincent and the Grenadines

    Date: July 3 - 4, 2023

    Official website: http://www.tourism.gov.vc/tourism/

    SAINT LUCIA CARNIVAL 2023

    Location: Castries, St. Lucia

    Date: July 13 - 20, 2023

    Official Website: https://www.stlucia.org/en/experiences/festivals-events/


    CARNIVAL OF SANTIAGO DE CUBA 2023

    Location: Cuba

    Date: July 18- 27, 2023

     

    BONAIRE EUSTATIUS AND SABA FESTIVAL 2023

    Location: Bonaire, Eustatius and Saba

    Date: July 31, 2023

    Official website: https://www.sabatourism.com/saba-island-events/


    BONAIRE CARNIVAL 2023 

    Location: Aruba, Bonaire, And Curacao

    Date: July 29, 2023

    Official Website: https://infobonaire.com/annual-events/bonaires-karnaval-carnival-celebration/

    August Caribbean Carnival Dates 2023 


    EMANCIPATION FESTIVAL - TORTOLA (BVI)

    Location: British Virgin Island

    Date: August 5 - 7, 2023

    Official website: https://www.bvitourism.com/

    NEVIS CULTURAMA 2023

    Location: Saint Kitts and Nevis

    Date: August 8, 2023

    Official website: https://www.culturamanevis.com/

     

    ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA CARNIVAL 2023

    Location: St. John, Antigua and Barbuda

    Date: August 7, 2023

     

    BARBADOS CROP OVER 2023

    Location: Bridgetown, Barbados

    Date:  August 7 - 14, 2023

    Official Website https://www.visitbarbados.org/

     

    SPICEMAS - GRENADA 2023

    Location: Carriacou, Grenada

    Date: August 1-15, 2023

    Official website: https://spicemasgrenada.com/

     

    TBD Dates

    Caribbean Carnival 2023 Calendar

    GUYANA MASHRAMANI 2023- It will most likely be some time in February. 

    BAHAMAS JUNKANACOO CARNIVAL 2023-Traditionally held in April. 

    CAYMAN CARNIVAL BATABANO  2023- Probably some time in May. 

    MAIMI CARNIVAL 2023- Probably in October 

    LONDON NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL 2023-Usually in August 

     

     

     

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