Emancipation Festival in B.V.I


The islands of the Caribbean host a variety of celebrations and during the summer, the British Virgin Islands play host to Emancipation Day celebrations. Also referred to as August Monday Festival, this schedule event includes pageantry, culture and commemoration of the emancipation with a Freedom March and Emancipation service. The showpiece of this festival is the parade on the first Monday in August that features troupes, floats, moko jumbies, twirlers, bands, and carnival royalties from throughout the region.
Emancipation Festival in B.V.I

As the British Virgin Islands again readies its shores for another exciting event, you can celebrate with them at the 57th anniversary of the Emancipation Festival. During this time there is an increase of ferry traffic, and vacation villas are normally filled, so make your plans early. The wonderful people of the British Virgin Islands celebrate Emancipation to mark the end of slavery in the BVI. Enjoy a full week every August, as the festivities commemorate with delightful activities and fun attractions.

Emancipation Festival starts with an emancipation proclamation reading in capital city Road Town, Tortola the Sunday before the event. After which the various pageants and competitions selects their festival royalties. Other exciting attractions to enjoy are the Rise & Shine J’ouvert which is a wonderful parade exhibiting colorful costumes, sailing and power boat races, horse racing, donkey races, the Miss BVI Contest, a fishing tournament, greased pig contest and lots more fun attractions.
Emancipation Festival in B.V.I

One event which you will surely have fun at, is to watch the Greased Pole Contest. This event is where young men from around the islands attempt to cross a 20′ long greased pole and snatch a red flag. It’s excited to see the failed attempts as these men fall to the ground dramatically!

Unique BVI music, food, and drink flow freely at the Festival Village in Road Town, Tortola, as the event celebrates allows you to enjoy the friendly competitions and pay homage to the islands rich heritage.