St. Croix Virgin Islands, USVI
Jump Up, which is held four
times each year, is a "carnival like" cultural party held
in the streets and along the boardwalk of Christiansted,
St. Croix. It has become one of the islands favorite social
events for both locals and visitors alike. It is sponsored
by the CRRA (Christiansted Restaurant & Retail Association).
The streets are closed down
and the party begins at 6pm and goes until about 10pm.
Stores and restaurants in town stay open late, offering
special discounts. You will also find many vendors on the
streets, offering food and drink, arts and crafts, fine
hand-crafted jewelry and much more.
Live music is also a big part
of Jump Up. You'll see steel drum bands along with many
other musicians on almost every corner. Mocko Jumbies, said
to ward off evil, dance in the streets and add to the carnival
atmosphere. The Mocko Jumbie has been a part of Virgin Islands
culture for more than 200 years. The sound of music and
the smell of food is everywhere. You can sample some local
cuisine while you listen to some authentic Caribbean music.
2016 / 2017 Jump Up Dates / Schedule
February 10, 2017 - Valentine's Day
Friday, April 28, 2017 - Triathlon
Friday, June 30, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017 - Thanksgiving