Jump Up! The US Virgin Islands’ most popular carnival
Dance to calypso and savor the delicious cuisine of St. Croix at Jump Up!, a colorful celebration of music and dance occurring four times per year, takes visitors and locals to the streets of Christiansted for extraordinary music, vibrant costumes, fantastic food, and traditional dancing.
Streets and the boardwalk are closed off for this impressive festival, which is sponsored by the Christiansted Restaurant and Retail Association. In general, Jump Up! happens on:
- Valentine’s Day
- The first weekend in May
- The Fourth of July
- Thanksgiving weekend
Bands, dancers, and vendors make this carnival a unique experience for the entire family. Moko Jumbies have been performing for almost 200 years in the Virgin Islands. These costumed dancers showcase their talent on six-foot-tall stilts and move through the streets, as the legend goes, to scare away evil spirits. Kiki and the Flaming Gypsies use fire spinning and flaming batons in their incredible dance routines.
Jump Up! means “to dance” throughout the Caribbean. Swing your hips to the rhythms of calypso and the beat of steel pan orchestras.As you walk through the streets, you’ll also find local bands and DJs for a dynamic musical experience.
Jump Up! is a great way to sample gastronomic fare from local restaurants. Street carts and vendors sell delicious fried bread stuffed with beef, chicken or salt fish called pates, lobster kebobs, and rum drinks served with fresh sugar cane.
Exact dates for Jump Up! may fluctuate, so check the St. Croix Tourism website to confirm. Let the team at Mango Hill Greathouse assist you with your next visit to St. Croix and direct you and your family to all the fun!