From January until April the village of Grand Case (our beautiful host community) hosts its own Mardis Gras, a festival that blends food, music, local crafts and plenty of dancing. Experiencing Mardi Gras in St. Martin should not be missed.
This year Carnival starts in St. Martin on February 4 and continues until March 1. As well, every Tuesday night until April there are Mardi Gras activities happening in the village of Grand Case.
What is Mardi Gras?
“Mardi Gras” and “Carnival season” refer to carnival celebrations beginning in the Caribbean and some parts of the southern United States in early January after Epiphany and winding up on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Mardi gras means “Fat Tuesday” in French, and gets its name from practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The pre-fast feasting has, throughout the ages, been accompanied with dancing and colorful costumes and competitions.
Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, playing pranks, dancing, sports competitions, and parades – a typical Caribbean Mardi Gras.
Mardi Gras in Grand Case
Grand Case comes alive with exciting events including a blend of dining, street entertainment, music and fun.
— Nathalie (@DannyGraceP) February 9, 2016
The main street is turned into a pedestrian zone, enabling visitors to stroll at their leisure while enjoying dancing, artisan stands, art galleries and the sidewalk shopping. All boutiques remain open late.
— Nathalie (@DannyGraceP) May 11, 2016
There are no less than 60 exhibition stands, 40 restaurants, 20 boutiques and a dozen local artists who participate every Tuesday evening. The event is organized every year by Calypso Events team who offer their services to restaurant owners, hotels, shopkeepers, exhibitors and friends of Grand Case.