It’s Carnival Time in Montserrat
Month-long event pays tribute to this Caribbean island’s rich and diverse heritage
Brades, Montserrat – Showcasing Montserrat’s culture, talent and creativity, the annual carnival and winter celebration known as Festival is currently in full-swing on the island. Highlighting the destination’s resilient and exuberant people, the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean is alive with music, revelry and a variety of festivities during the month-long event that runs from December 4, 2010 to January 1, 2011.
“Montserrat’s annual carnival celebration, Festival, is the highlight event of the year and a major attraction to travelers looking for a unique cultural experience,” said Ernestine Cassell, director of tourism. “With increased flight options from FlyMontserrat and full ferry service, vacationers will have the opportunity to visit our charming island, get a taste of culture and participate in carnival events.”
This year’s key events include: Punch & Get Out Soca Monarch, a concert featuring the island’s talented soca artists and “Nite of Pan,” where the musical styling of local musicians can be heard on the steel pan, on December 22; Miss Montserrat Festival Pageant on December 26; Street Jam, a lively street celebration filled with music, food and “good island vibes,” on December 28 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 who perform traditional songs and dances.
For more information on Festival’s schedule of events, visit www.montserratfestival.com.
Montserrat, the only country outside of Ireland to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as a national holiday, is a lush green and mountainous island of approximately 39 square miles that lies in the Eastern Caribbean chain of islands. Known fondly as the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, this pear shaped island is a traveler’s paradise for nature lovers, divers, adventurers, family and villa vacationers, and honeymooners. This British overseas territory boasts the spectacular Soufrière Hills Volcano, a modern day Pompeii in the form of its buried former capital city Plymouth, alongside lush, green mountains, world class nature trails, deserted dark sand beaches, untouched reefs and a quiet friendly charm reminiscent of the way the Caribbean used to be. For more information on Montserrat and its breathtaking scenery and unspoiled, unpolluted coral and volcanic vistas, visit www.visitmontserrat.com.
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