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Enjoy St. Thomas Carnival Festivities For 2023

Carnival Troupe in St. Thomas USVI

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Whether you’re in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands as a visitor, a local — or always in spirit — Coconut Post keeps you posted on fun-filled news ’n views. Published monthly by Flamboyan On The Bay Resort & Villas, we’re focused on sharing our people, places, and fun things happening in paradise.

April, 2023


What is this year’s theme for
St. Thomas Carnival?


“Illuminating our Culture for the World to See, St. Thomas Carnival 2023”

Image courtesy of the V.I. Tourism Department

Said Tourism Commissioner Joseph Boschulte, “Carnival season on St. Thomas is such a wonderful time of year. It allows us to showcase our culture, including our music, delicious food, history, design, and creativity. It dovetails perfectly with our tourism marketing campaign, ‘naturally in rhythm’ that highlights our authentic Caribbean experiences and culture.”

Carnival time begins early in the month with the Prince, Princess and Jr. Miss contest followed by the Carnival Queen showcase.

Carnival Village opens Monday evening April 24th with Kelly “Pupa Kelly” Charleswell reigning over his Musical Arena. He studied classical trombone at the University of the Virgin Islands, but guitar is his first love. He played with the Puerto Rico Symphony, Eartha Kitt (the original Cat Woman), Milo’s Kings, Eddie & the Movements, and other iconic bands. He’s best known for singing and playing guitar with the Awesome Jam Band and teaching music at Joseph Gomez Elementary School.

mocko jumbies walk in a troupe in the st thomas adult parade st thomas usvi

Food Fair will start at 10 a.m. on April 26 in Emancipation Garden. “Knights Delight” Food Fair will honor baker extraordinaire Goldine Burton-Knight. Together with her husband, she started Heritage Bakery & Deli, which has since become ERK Corporation. The business expanded and now supplies markets throughout St. Thomas. Other 2023 Carnival highlights include J’ouvert (which translates to “celebration of the sunrise) on April 27 — followed by the annual Children’s Parade April 28th and Adults’ Parade on the 29th. Grand Marshal for the Children’s Parade is Georgia Francis. A veteran of the music education scene, she has had a positive influence on many students. James Lewis has been named Grand Marshal for the Adults’ Parade. A longtime Carnival reveler, Lewis enjoys his position as a fan favorite in the territory. This year a colorful fireworks display will close out festivities.

For the full schedule visit usvifestivals.vi and follow on Facebook.

image of a coconut and pineapple both wearing sunglasses on a beach



In 1911, St. Thomas resident Adolph “Ding” Sixto traveled to Brazil to attend Rio de Janeiro’s renowned Carnival celebrations. Inspired by the experience, he brought the concept back home and on February 14, 1912, the first St. Thomas Carnival was held from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. It included confetti battles, greased pig-catching competitions, boat races and a torchlight masquerade. St. Thomas Carnival was held again in 1914 but with the advent of World War I, festivities came to a halt until being officially established in 1952 as an annual event.


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