Carnival! Dancing and Music!
Ancient Carnival began as a Catholic rite to represent the Christian practice of “Carne Levale,” or giving up meat for Lent. In the 19th century, Curaçao continued the tradition by organizing masquerade parties and marches in private clubs. It wasn’t until 1969 that Curaçao Carnival! started to gain the popularity it enjoys today. It’s one of the largest and longest-lasting Carnival spectacles of the Caribbean — starting in early January, and ending late February/ March.
As the island’s largest and most important cultural event, Carnival brings together more than 40 ethnic groups in one flamboyant, frenetic celebration. Carnival season begins with the Tumba Festival and ends the day before Ash Wednesday. Each year for the Grand Parade, tourists are invited to join the marching groups or to watch from a special tourist booth. For more information, visit our main Carnival website.
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