carnival-dancersSt John Island J’ouvert at Carnival

From the French word for day break, J’ouvert (pronounced ju-vay) is a large Carnival street party and parade that begins well before dawn on the morning of July 4th. The energetic celebration includes costumed dancers and calypso bands.

St_John-carnival-6According to Wikipedia, “The origins of street parties associated with J’ouvert coincide with the emancipation from slavery in 1838. Emancipation provided Africans with the opportunity, to not only participate in Carnival, but to embrace it as an expression of their newfound freedom…J’ouvert is inseparable from Carnival and has had  many influences. The Spanish, British, French, Africans, Indians and the many other ethnic groups have all left an indelible mark on J’ouvert.

Read more information about the St. John Carnival.

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