Written by Kaylyn Bodden

BVI Emancipation Festival



Carnival is celebrated throughout the Caribbean at different times during the calendar year. BVI’s Carnival celebrates their ancestors’ freedom from colonialism and represents their cultural history. The festival takes place from 28th July to 9th August 2017 and during this time, locals and residents showcase their culture and history in grand style with extravaganzas of local and international music, pageants, food fairs, j’ouvert, parades, gospel celebrations and folklore presentations.

Here is a list of what you can look forward to during this year’s Emancipation Festival.

  • Prince & Princess – Sunday 23rd July
  • Rotary Kiddies Fiesta, Queen Elizabeth Park 10am-6pm – Saturday 29th July
  • Torch Light Procession, Opening of Road Town Festival Village Cultural Night – Monday 31st July
  • Youth Night, Village Entertainment – Tuesday 1st August
  • Local Calypso Competition – Wednesday 2nd August
  • Soca Monarch Competition – Thursday 3rd August
  • Cultural Food Fair, Noel Lloyd Park, International Music Mix Night – Friday 4th August
  • BMSA Car Show, International Soca Night – Saturday 5th August
  • Beach Bash and Boat Races, Freedom March, Emancipation Service, Miss BVI pageant and Latin Night/Village Entertainment – Sunday 6th August
  • Rise and Shine Tramp, Sunrise Service, August Monday Parade, Village Entertainment – Monday 7th August
  • Horse Racing – Tuesday 8th August
  • Parade and Village Last Lap – Wednesday 9th August
  • Carrot Bay Cultural Fiesta, 2017 Fisherman’s Tournament Opening Ceremony and Village Entertainment – Thursday 10th August
  • Carrot Bay Cultural Day, Donkey Races, Tug of War, Children Races, Village Entertainment – Friday 11th August
  • Closing of the 2017 Emancipation Festival, Road Town Festival Village, Village Entertainment and Last Lap – Saturday 12th August

For more information on these events, please visit the BVI tourism website


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