Montserrat Carnival: A Celebration of Life and Culture

Brades, Montserrat – Paying tribute to the destination’s culture, talent and creativity, the unique island of Montserrat will celebrate its annual carnival, known as Festival, from December 4, 2009 – January 1, 2010. The destination comes alive with music, revelry and a variety of events that highlight the resilient and exuberant people of Montserrat.

Caribbean island comes alive during annual carnival celebration known as Festival

“Our carnival is the highlight event of the year as it embodies all the elements of our neighboring islands’ traditional festivities but with its own unique flair,” said Ernestine Cassell, director of tourism. “With the wide selection of activities and events, there is something for everyone to enjoy and we encourage visitors to come to the island and experience Montserrat’s rich heritage and vibrant culture.”

This year’s key events include: Soca Monarch, a concert featuring the island’s talented soca artists, on December 19; “Nite of Pan,” where the musical styling of local musicians can be heard on the steel pan, on December 23; Street Jam, a lively street celebration filled with music, food and “good island vibes,” on December 26; Festival Queen Pageant on December 27 and calypso finals, a musical showcase highlighting the island’s top entertainers, on December 30. The festival culminates with the New Year’s Day parade of troupes, vibrantly costumed revelers that perform traditional songs and dances.

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