Toppa Top 10: The Best Caribbean Carnivals

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9. Carriacou Carnival

Carriacou Carnival

Photo: Lebawit Lily Germa

This uncommon little island in the Grenadines offers a Carnival experience that’s truly unique. The timing coincides with the normal pre-Lenten period and traditional Carnival elements — j’ouvert, colorful costumes, parades, calypso competitions, etc. — are all part of the fun too. The big difference here is Shakespeare Mas, a theatrical, lightly competitive fete in which actors called Peirrots test themselves by reciting Shakespearean verse.—Steve Bennett/Uncommon Caribbean