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Antigua’s Carnival

"the greatest vehicle of expression"

Antigua’s Carnival is often described as the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.  With an explosion of artistic and cultural talent, music, steelbands and calypso, the streets come alive with parades, music bands, and troupes with a multitude of masqueraders in colourful costumes.  Held during the last week of July, and culminating on the first Monday and Tuesday of August, the event attracts locals and visitors alike. 

Experience the Destination’s Premier Summer Festival – Antigua’s Carnival
Wednesday 27th July to Tuesday 2nd August 2022

Enjoy the warmth of the island, the hospitality of our people and the magic within our culture during ANTIGUA’S CARNIVAL 2022 – a spectacle of colour, fun, and excitement waiting to unfold! Melodic music with infectious beats and fancy, creative costumes are just a taste of what you can expect. Suppose you are looking for a combined taste of Antigua’s traditional and modern culture, including lots of feting and the most prominent street parties for all of the hardcore partygoers and an ANTIGUAN festive environment. In that case, Antigua’s Carnival is definitely the festival for you.

This is a thirteen-day festival of colourful costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows, and especially good music. The festivities, which celebrate emancipation, range from the Party Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions of Calypsonians, the Panorama steel band competition, and the spectacular Parade of Bands to the Queen of Carnival Pageant, Mr and Mrs Teenage Pageant and the Jaycees Queen’s Competition. In addition to these major events, the nonstop revelry of this thirteen-day of carnival includes innumerable smaller festivities, local concerts, food fairs and cultural shows.

For the history of the festival, you have to step back in time to 1 August 1834 when slavery was abolished.

The Antiguan Carnival is a celebration of music and dance held annually from the end of July to the first Tuesday in August. The most important day is that of the j’ouvert, in which brass and steel bands perform for much of the island’s population.