Carnival Day in Sint Maarten Date in the current year: April 30, 2016

Carnival Day in Sint Maarten Annual Carnival is one of the most important events in the Caribbean. Interestingly, different countries and territories celebrate the Caribbean Carnival on different dates. For example, in Sint Maarten it is held in April.

Sint Maarten is a constituent country of the Netherlands which occupies the southern part of the island of Saint Martin. The northern part is occupied by the French Collectivity of Saint Martin. The French side of the island celebrates the Carnival in February or March (its dates depend on the date of Ash Wednesday), while the Dutch side holds festivities in late April and early May.

The first Carnival in Sint Maarten took place in 1969, and the festivities have been held annually ever since. The Sint Maarten Carnival usually lasts several weeks, but only one of the days is declared an official non-working holiday (not counting King's Day, which falls during the Carnival period). It is the day of the Grand Carnival Parade which typically falls on April 30.

Carnival activities usually include but are not limited to parades, parties, sporting events, pageants, concerts, shows, contests. Along with the Grand Carnival Parade, the most important events include official opening of the Carnival village, J'ouvert (a large street party), Labor Day Parade and burning of King Momo doll on the closing night.

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