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J’ouvert or Jouvay is at the heart of St. Croix carnival, Jouvay tradition starts on Trinidad and is celebrated in other Eastern Caribbean islands. The name J’ouvert originates from the French jour ouvert, meaning day break or morning, and signals the start of the bacchanalia that is Carnival.
Jouvert is highly traditional and full of symbols culture and heritage. It is steeped in tradition and playing mud mas involves participants known as Jab Jabs. covering themselves – from head to toe – and others in paint, chocolate, mud, white powder or anything for that matter. It is Jouvert custom that everybody gets involved and it’s common to see a newcomer being hugged by a muddy revelers.
This celebration consists of calypso or soca bands and their followers dancing through the streets. The festival starts well before dawn and peaks a few hours after sunrise. Anyone can join in in the fun and follow the musicians, and there are often multiple J’ourvet celebrations across St. Croix to accommodate all those who want to participate. From: www.stxfestival.com
Starting at the corner of Hannah’s Rest and ending at the Pier
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