The festivities for the yearly 3-month carnival in Aruba begin in January and the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Though the Carnival is a tradition all over the world, few places celebrate it with such zest as in Aruba. This highly anticipated festival is planned with parades, music, bands and events already scheduled for Aruba Carnival 2011 and beyond.
Aruba is located in southern end of the Caribbean, and is part of the Kingdom of Netherlands however Aruba is home to a mix of nationalities and cultures. However the citizens welcome the visitor like old friends and this small 32 mile long island features gorgeous beaches, specializes in recreational activities for the visitor with almost every modern amenity anyone could wish for, a sunny climate and of course the carnival.
Carnival is a celebration and music, brightly colored clothes and costumes, street dances and a party atmosphere make this an unforgettable experience the first time, and every time. The grand finish for the three-month long Carnival season ends with a ceremonial effigy burning of King Momo on the night before Lent begins. The celebration of carnival in Aruba reflects the culture of this island and the mixture of people.
Aruba of course is a favorite for adults to enjoy the fine drinks, the street dances and the parades but there are also activities from the younger crowd with parades for children where a young King and Queen are elected. No age group is neglected in this island wide festival.
This island is a visitor paradise all year long and the citizens appreciate visitors but even more so, during the Carnival where grand parades are held, mini parades, and spur of the moment street dances and parades are common. Whether they are long time residents or visitors all are encouraged to attend and enjoy the party.
The St. Nicolas street parade, which is said to be the largest and most colorful parades during carnival begins at four in the morning, which may be too early for some but just right for those who are night owls or early risers. However, it continues the route at 1 pm so everyone can enjoy, and thousands line the streets watching the colorful floats, and savoring the music that seems to be everywhere during this festival
The annual Oranestad parade is celebrating the 57 year and starts before noon it continues well past dark as it is the final parade in this district though spur of the moment celebrations and smaller planned events may continue.
Aruba observes the Monday before Ash Wednesday as a national holiday and citizens and visitors alike take advantage of this free day to enjoy the festival before the end.
All the parades, dancing, music and sights to see can leave a visitor tired, but in Aruba where the beaches are wide and sparkling and the water inviting, rest can be found just sunning or watching more adventurous souls try their hand at wind or kite surfing activities. With the sea so close at hand water sports and recreations are to be found at the spur of the moment or can be planned well in advance.
Though the Aruba Carnival 2011 is a tremendous attraction and attracts visitors from all over the world, this visitor friendly island is also a favored spot for honeymooners, and those who simply need a holiday in the sun.