Virgin Islands Carnival is held in April every year, but you can enjoy a taste of Carnival any time of year at Iggies Beach Bar’s weekly Cruzan Carnival Night, which includes a great buffet of Caribbean and international cuisine, fire walking, limbo, live Calypso music, and much more.
Held on Wednesday nights, the party at the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort’s famous beach bar has been a St. Thomas tradition for more than 30 years. The unlimited buffet opens at 6 p.m. and includes such local specialties as seafood kallaloo, fried plantains, and Johnny Cakes, plus roast beef and pork carving stations and Iggies excellent BBQ ribs. The band starts banging out calypso on the steel drum at 7 p.m., setting the mood for the main show at 8 p.m.
Channeling Caribbean Carnival celebrations and local folklore, the show features old-school thrills from fire-eaters, fire-walkers and broken-bottle dancers, an interactive limbo show starring King Heron (you’ll be astounded at how low he can really go!), and an appearance by the ever popular Mocko Jumbies — stilt-walking spirits that are part of West Indian tradition.
Guests can shake that thang in the conga line, take part in a dance contest, or get their groove on in the sand. Cruzan rum is featured in drink specials at the bar, and you can even do a little shopping at a local craft market. The true spirit of the Caribbean is alive and well on Wednesdays at Iggies — don’t miss it! (Dinner and show is $39.95 for adults, $15 for children under age 12).