Toppa Top 10: The Best Caribbean Carnivals

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February 8, 2013

6. Martinique Carnival

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Photo: Martinique Promotion Bureau

When they say “Don’t Stop the Carnival” in Martinique, they mean it! Here, the action doesn’t end in time for Ash Wednesday as it does in Trinidad and most everywhere else. Instead of rest and reflection, Ash Wednesday here brings La Fรชte des Diablesses, or the Day of the She-Devils, the symbolic burning of Vaval, King Carnival, and the climax of the Carnival season. The Martinique Carnival motto โ€” Rejoice Today, Repent Tomorrow โ€” is richly deserved. โ€”Steve Bennett/Uncommon Caribbean