Aruba Carnival

Aruba Carnival is the biggest celebration of the year and is an extravagant month-long festival consisting of lively “jump-ups” (street parties), spectacular parades and creative contests. A mix of reggae, Calypso, Soca and steel pan music can be heard around the island.

Flamboyant costumes are everywhere, from the Queen elections to the Grand Parade, which winds it ways down city streets for thousands of vacationing spectators.

Street parties are held in various districts throughout the month, allowing everyone an opportunity to participate and dance to the season’s most popular brass band, and steel band tunes. Carnival in Aruba starts in February and officially comes to end on the evening before the start of the Christian celebration of Lent, with the symbolic burning of “King Momo” and the Old Mask Parade

Resorts, restaurants, and bars also host their own Carnival celebrations across the island.

Carnival in Aruba became popular in the 20th century, but the festival itself stated way before then. Here is a little history on the celebration of Carnival.

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