Carnival Dancer at BVI Festival
(Photo by Virgin Portraits)
The 52nd Emancipation Festival kicks off on the 28th of July with opening ceremonies at the Festival grounds in Road Town, Tortola, BVI. The Festival runs through August 12th with nightly events featuring bands and entertainers from the BVI and down island. The traditional culture parade through Road Town will take place on August Monday, the 7th with colorful floats, bands, troupes, and the always entertaining "Mako Jumbies" walking through the crowds on their high stilts.
Plenty of good food offered by roadside vendors and open-air bars mix up all types of refreshments bordering along the parade route. If you're on Tortola during this time, it's an event well worth attending.
August 8th brings on the hotly contested horse racing at Little A racetrack in Sea Cows Bay where horses from all over the Caribbean and also our local favorites, give the imports a run for their money! Racing starts at 2pm sharp.
The wee hours of August 9th brings on the J'Ouvet for those that really know how to party and dance following a truck load of musicians weaving its way all through Road Town blasting its speakers. Not an event for the light hearted, but if you're in town at that time, join on in!
August 12th is the final day for Festival 2006 held in the sleepy village of Carrot Bay on the North Shore of Tortola. All kinds of events start out early in the morning with music and food all day at the festival grounds. One of the events not to miss during the afternoon is the hilarious Donkey Races. Local residents bring out their best for this event, Donkeys that is, with a variety of jockeys hanging on to the bareback Donkeys as they fly down the waterfront road of Carrot Bay!
All in all the "August Festival" as it is also known as, is an event not to miss, sixteen days of fun packed times to be had by all!