It’s Carnival time!


The biggest event in Aruba’s calendar is underway, with the colour and rhythm of Carnival in full swing.

The most spectacular party of the year, the 61st Carnival, got underway this month (January) and will reach a crescendo on February 15 with a Grand Parade in island capital Oranjestad.
This month-long celebration consists of ‘jump-ups’ (street parties), amazing parades and musical events. Dazzling costumes and foot-stomping music play a central role in events, ranging from the election of the Carnival Queen to the grand parades, which wind their noisy and tuneful way through the streets of Oranjestad and second city San Nicolas.
Carnival also includes competitions between participants – great fun for the audiences. These include contests for road marches and calypsos and best ‘tumba’ song of the season. Tumba is a Latin music genre of the Netherlands Antilles islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao, where unlike calypso and road march songs, tumbas are played year-round.

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