Anguilla Summer Festival 2016

The Anguilla Summer Festival has been hosted by the Anguilla Tourist Board since 1997. The board has coordinated the boat-racing and carnival under the name of “Anguilla Summer Festival”.

The organizers of the festival make sure that all visitors have a great experience and indulge completely in the eleven days of celebration, which is topped with the special Anguillan traditions.  

Anguilla Summer Festival- History

Anguilla had also been dominated by British settlers at some point of time. During the early days of their settlement they were forced to leave the island and settle to more fertile places like the BVI, Cancun and St. Croix. After this, a unique Anguilla colony was created which did not consist slavery which was very common in most Caribbean islands.

The Anguilla Summer Festival has been celebrated for more than a quarter century on the island. It is a typical Caribbean celebration and one can trace its roots from the old traditional bazaars, August Monday fairs and old Christmas festivities. The Anguilla Summer Festival is influenced a lot from the African culture which include May pole dancers, wirewalkers, Mock-a-Jumbies and many other activities.

The main idea of the Anguilla Summer Festival Committee is to bring back the traditional art and merge it with modern mass. As today’s festivities lack the old charm of those days and are the typical Caribbean Carnivals.

The Anguilla Summer Festival is held at the Landsome Bowl Cultural Centre. It is an ex-site of the Wardens which was destroyed in the revolution that took place in the year 1967. The Anguilla Summer Festival features grand parade of troupes and kiddies parade, musical spectaculars, bathing suit competition, J’ouvert, Miss Anguilla Pageant, Prince & Princess Pageant, International Soca and Reggae Night and many competitions are held.

It is easy to join the Anguilla Summer Festival 2013. The carnival also includes the famous competition where many teams participate in the race. Many fans come in colorful outfits to cheer their teams and have fun. The Anguilla Summer Festival is best time to see hundreds of people come together and celebrate.