St. Maarten will offer added excitement for locals and visitors during its 41st Annual Carnival with 18 days and nights filled with culture, celebration, concerts and activities from April 15 - May 2. This year's theme, "Sweet Revelry Again for Carnival 2010," showcases the island's vibrant spirit.
"Carnival is a special celebration to our island," said Regina LaBega, director of tourism for the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, in a written statement. "It is a time where we celebrate our heritage and we encourage everyone to join in the festivities.”
Carnival is a tradition on the island of St. Maarten and the only place in the world that has two carnivals, the first in the north in February acting as a dress rehearsal for the big celebration that takes place in the south during April.
The 18-day festival features events such as beauty pageants, concerts by local and international artists, parades, and the burning of King Momo, which culminates the celebration.