Several festivals are celebrated in the Caribbean, but St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is definitely the biggest one. This multi-week mega event is probably the biggest display of Kittitian culture and tradition. The carnival is an amalgamation of different types of people, as it brings local as well as worldwide tourists together.

During this month-long festival, you will see the island awashed in vibrant colors and the hues of festivity all around. For worldwide people, it is ‘St Kitts and Nevis National Carnival’, while the locals call this festival ‘Sugar Mas’. The pomp and gaiety of St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival are so roaring that worldwide tourists rush to the island to be a part of it.

Origin of St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival 

St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is not something new on the island. In fact, it has been in existence for almost 6 decades. The carnival was started in 1957 by a community member Mr Basil Henders. Initially, he received a lot of resistance but soon after he got the support of people. Gradually, a small celebration took the form of a mega carnival. Since its inception, the festival has been celebrated every year. In the beginning, it was majorly influenced by the carnival in Trinidad and Antigua.

Who hosts St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival?

St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is hosted by St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival community. They manage all the arrangements. The events of each day are decided by the community only.

Why is St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival celebrated?

St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is not celebrated in remembrance of something. The sole reason to celebrate this carnival is to treasure and promote the cultural heritage and traditions of the island. Whatever you will see in this mega cultural festival, it would have something to do with the traditions, culture, and heritage of St. Kitts and Nevis.

How St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is celebrated?

St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is all about music, dance, parade, and of course lots of entertainment. You will see the local people dressed up in traditional attire and dancing on the streets. The street parties and fetes are the major attraction of eyes in this carnival. From history to culture and tradition to heritage, everything is displayed most lavishly in the festival. The biggest day of the event is parade day, which is celebrated on New year’s day.

When does St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival take place

St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is the annual festival of Caribbean islands that starts from the last week of November and continues for almost 1 month, culminating on 2nd January. The pre-celebration of the festival starts from the first week of November itself.

How long does St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival last?

St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is a one-month-long carnival. During this one month, different events take place each day and people rejoice every day with all enthusiasm and zeal. The main celebration of the carnival actually takes place from the last week of December to the 2nd of January. This festival blends the Christmas spirit with the cultural trove of the island perfectly.

St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival 2022

Like every year, St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival is going to take place in St Kitts and Nevis with the same glory. All major events of the festival will take place this year too. The festival has already marked its presence. So, one month is going to be really happening in the Caribbean.

Schedule for St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival 2022

Monday, 07-21 November 2022

  • Facetime MUA Challenge

Saturday, November 12 2022

  • Sugar Mas Awards
  • Fantasy: Color Me J’ouvert

Friday, November 18, 2022

  • Sin1 Fete Pt2 Toxic Edition

Saturday, November 19, 2022

  • Alpha Queen: Sneakers & Tees

Saturday, November 26, 2022

  • Sugar Mas Caravan

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

  • Facetime MUA Challenge:
  • Winner Announcement
  • Events Calendar
  • Lake Health Panel Discussion & Expo

Saturday, December 3 and 4, 2022

  • Soca March Eliminations

Monday 5 and 8 December 2022

  • In the Spirit of Christmas

Friday, December 9, 2022

  • Sugar Mas Festive Friday Lime
  • Feat. Junior Calypso March Inception
  • Fete: Blocko

Saturday, December 10, 2022

  • Bacchanal Road: Early J’ouvert
  • Senior Calypso March
  • Elimination Night 1

Wednesday, December 14, 2022:

  • Mini Motorcade: Talented
  • Teen Pageant Ctestantons
  • Felt. so Ay nuauerade Competition

Friday, December 16, 2022

  • Mr. Bagnall Events: Fun Land
  • Carnival Poker Run
  • SKN Strgest Man & Fittest Woman
  • Competition Finals
  • Festival of Lights: Folklore Night

Monday, December 19, 2022

  • ASAP Glow Parade: Jamboree

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

  • Talented Teen Pageant
  • Elite Eventz: Indulge

Tuesday, December 20 and 30, 2022

  • Celebrate SKN 3M Annual
  • Christmas Decorating Creston

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

  • Soca March Finals
  • Festival of Lights: Magical Movie Night

Thursday, December 22, 2022

  • Mini Motorcade: National Carnival
  • Queen Pageant Ctestants
  • Ministry of Agriculture Night Market
  • CaneJuice Pure Bills: White with a Touch of Gold

Friday, December 23, 2022

  • Sugar Mas Festive Friday Lime
  • Festival of Lights: Glow Fest
  • CaneJuice Coolerfete:
  • Soca Vengeance

Saturday, December 24, 2022

  • Ministry of Creative Economy:
  • Midnight Escape Street Festival
  • Festival of Lights Closing:
  • Carnival Fun Fair
  • J’ouvert Morning

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

  • DJ Tero Ent. x Bacchanal Fever:
  • Sunset, Rum, and Friends

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

  • National Carnival Queen Pageant

Thursday, December 29, 2022

  • Senior Calypso March Finals
  • Inception Fete: DuckWuk
  • Bacchanal Chasers: Activate

Friday, December 30, 2022

  • Carnival Homecoming
  • SKN Unchained Fashion Show

Saturday, December 31, 2022

  • Carnival Junior Parade
  • Top Off Brunch
  • Rotary Club of Llamulga NYE Ball
  • Study It Ent: Opulence

Sunday, January 1, 2022

  • Carambola Boozy Brunch
  • Nova & Golden Events: Raft Up
  • Tidal Events: Anchored

Monday, January 2, 2022

  • Carnival Grand Parade

Tuesday, January 3, 2022

  • Carnival Grand Parade Last Lap

Friday, January 6, 2022

  • Kalso Lovers: Real Kaiso 4


Plan a long trip to the beautiful island St Kitts and Nevis and soak in the diverse culture and tradition of islands through this carnival. It is sure to offer you an unforgettable life experience. The island welcomes tourists from all over the world with open hearts.

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