Go Wild for Carnival
Aruba goes wild during Carnival, a month-long celebration of Caribbean culture that features lively street parties (known as jump-ups) and parades that demand the wildest costume you can create. Parties in San Nicolas and Oranjestad are massive events that involve everyone in town; check online for the yearly schedule. Aruba's Grand Carnival Parade is held on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday in Oranjestad, and features numerous beautiful floats. If you can't make Carnival, come for the weekly Caribbean Festival held in San Nicolas and experience the pomp and circumstance of the big event in miniature. Live music, pop-up food carts, handcraft vendors, and more entertain an audience that is usually made up mostly of cruise-ship passengers.
By Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
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