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Revelers from the Caribbean and beyond to celebrate Anguilla’s carnival August 1-11

ANGUILLA, B.W.I. – July 18, 2013 – The Caribbean island of Anguilla kicks off its annual Summer Festival early this year with pre-carnival activities beginning as early as July 26, extending the calendar of festivities to three weeks of fun. This year’s festival officially takes place August 1-11, under the theme, “Participate, fete, mass and spree, Anguilla Summer Festival 4 ALL ah we.”

The highlight of the week-long celebrations is J’Ouvert Morning, Monday, August 5, which features the J’Ouvert Morning, dance festival. Revelers gather outside at 4:30 a.m. to begin the six-hour trek through the streets of the capital, The Valley, dancing and gyrating to Caribbean soca rhythms as they make their way across the island to Sandy Ground.

Visitors and locals alike can join in the fun or follow the crowds down to the white sands of Road Bay as the excitement shifts into high gear for what is known as the Caribbean’s biggest beach party. Featuring local and international musical performances, including guest artist from Guadeloupe Admiral T, great food and the Grand August Monday Boat race, this one-of-a-kind beach event continues unabated until the wee hours of the following morning.

“The Anguilla Summer Festival event is unique in the region because unlike many of our Caribbean neighbors whose celebrations are centered on nighttime activities, we feature our island’s national sport of traditional Boatracing, with custom-made sleek Anguillian boats by day and all the pageantry, music and calypso that defines a Caribbean carnival by night,” Anguilla’s Director of Tourism Candis Niles said.

The boatracing series of races take place at various harbors and bays around the island. The Anguilla Summer Festival races are the culmination of the popular sport’s season, as teams compete for “The Champion of Champions” race on Sunday, August 11.

All Anguilla Summer Festival activities welcome visitors and Anguillians alike, but there are several “not to miss” activities like Band Clash. Held Saturday, August 3, Anguilla’s favorite local soca bands battle it out in The Valley’s Landsome Bowl Center (LBCC), each band performs an original test piece, this year being “Carnival Mass” by local past Calypso Monarch “King Springer” accompanied by the Mussingtons Band. The winning arrangement becomes a part of the Summer Festival’s history and is played at all of the beach parties, bars and throughout the many parades during the festival.

Another must-see event is The Grand Parade of Troupes. Anguillians of all ages come together in dancing “Troupes” that depict various aspects of culture and fantasy. Adorned in elaborate costumes with plumed headgear, sequins and bright colors the revelers “wine and dance” behind their favorite island band, while crowds of bystanders line the roadways to enjoy the proceedings.

The LIME sponsored Leeward Island Calypso Monarch Competition, now in its 17th year, brings together talent from the surrounding islands to compete for a year’s worth of bragging rights on the highly competitive Calypso stage. With each competitor singing clever songs masking political commentary in metaphoric and melodic verses, visitors are in for a treat as they hear from the best of the best in Calypso from across the Caribbean.

The Anguilla Summer Festival activity lineup includes:

August 1 Opening Night, LBCC

August 2 LIME Sponsored Soca Monarch

Jr. Calypso LBCC

August 3 South Valley Community Fair

August 4 Heineken Boatrace

A & B Class, Sandy Ground

August 5 August Monday

LIME Sponsored A & B Class Boatrace

Sandy Ground

August 6 A Class Boatrace,

East Fest. Featuring “Destra”

Ms. Anguilla Swimsuit Competition, Island Harbour

August 7 A Class Boatrace, Sandy Ground

The Calypso March Competition, LBCC

August 8 August Thursday Meads Bay, A & B Class Boatrace

Miss Anguilla Pageant, LBCC

August 9 Grand Parade of Troupes, The Valley

August 11 Champion of Champions Boat Race, Sandy Ground

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About Anguilla

Anguilla is a British overseas territory located in the north eastern region of the Caribbean, just miles from St. Maarten. The island is best known for its 33 pristine powder-white sand beaches, all with crystal-clear turquoise waters matched by few places in the world. With an inviting and welcoming approach to tourism, Anguilla’s beaches are what draw most visitors to the island, while its warm friendly people keep visitors coming back. The island’s culture is infused with a love of the land and dependence on the sea, which is reflected in its history and many of the cultural festivals and events that celebrate Anguillan traditions of fishing, boat racing and cuisine. Anguilla is easily accessible via daily flights that connect directly to Anguilla from San Juan or St. Maarten. For those coming from St. Maarten, Anguilla is just a short seven-minute flight or 20 minute ferry boat ride away. For more information on Anguilla visit