Up! 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. 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.
2014 Jump Up Dates / Schedule
February 7, 2014 - Valentine's
May 2, 2014 - Triathlon
July 11, 2014 - Summer
November 28, 2014 - Thanksgiving