What’s carnival without costumes? If you want to get dolled up in colorful costumes adorned with feathers, beads and sequins, Simply Sophisticated Fun Troupe is where you want to go. Voted Band of the Year winner nine years in a row, this 400-plus-carnival troupe is coveted by many, so it’s no surprise costumes sell out months before they hit the road in January. You can also purchase costumes from other festival troupes such as Regal Dynasty, Lockhart & Associates Fun Troupe, The Gentlemen of Jones, Pure Mass Fun Troupe and Fantasy Fete Carnival Troupe. Costumes costs range from $275-$550. Don’t wait too long to decide which costume you want, as most troupes close their registration 2-4 weeks before the big day on the road.
For most people, December marks the start of the Christmas holiday season, but on the caribbean island of St. Croix, December means only one thing – carnival! The largest island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix celebrates their carnival each year starting on December 26th and closes out with a bang on the first Saturday in January of the New Year. From costumes and where to stay, to parades, food festivals, and live musical performances, here you can find everything you need to know about experiencing St. Croix’s Crucian Christmas Carnival.