Sugar Mas Carnival

Dec. 15, 2023 - Jan. 02,2024

See you next year


Sugar Mas Carnival

Sugar Mas is the name given to the carnival by Kittitians and Nevisians. It is held in St. Kitts and Nevis during the Christmas holidays and lasts for about a month and a half, from late November to early January. The carnival starts with a female calypso show on a Friday night, followed by street parties, parades, and folklore tales. There are also events such as โ€œwet and flag fete,โ€ โ€œpowder fete,โ€ and even a competition for the most beautiful swimsuit. The locals take pride in the live band music, bouyon-style music (Wilders), and Kittitian music (Wilders Soca). Sugar Mas was proposed in 1957 to โ€œencourage strangers and enhance tradeโ€ but didnโ€™t fully emerge until 1971/1972 as per the St Kitts Nevis Carnival official website. It was seen as a means to revitalize the Christmas holidays as well as provide a national platform for varying talents.

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