Like Dutch St Maarten Carnival, each year revelers on the French side go out disguised in the spirit of Carnival – getting together in the streets of St Martin to sing, dance, make music and enjoy life.
The festivities kick off in January where there are the usual parades that take place before the Mardi Gras in the different neighborhoods. At the end of January, Miss Pitchounette (Little Miss Carnival) is elected and be the carnival queen of the children parade which is the kick-off of the February festivities.
For nearly 12 days straight there will be the children parade, the famous Jouve Jump Up and Grand Parades leading up to the last day when the Kong of carnival is burned!
Throughout the Carnival season, French St Martin’s carnival’s village will welcome local and international performers to the rhythms and sounds of Soca, Zouk and Compas and more for the happiness of the public!