I have done several festivals in the last four years of travel, but Carnival on St Thomas was the first to let me down.
It last for about a week and they play music in the “village”. The music really starts around 11pm and seems to get loader every third song until three in the morning. They must have every speaker on the island pointing straight into the anchorage, because it is so loud on the boat and I was a quarter of a mile away. One time I was trying to talk on the phone in my solon and I had to close the sliding doors just to hear. At night most boaters close up their boat. Lucky for me it is not very hot or it would have been unbearable. It would have been more bearable if it was a style of music I cared for, but it was basically a guy yelling into a mike over so some rhythmic tunes.
On the last day there is a parade, which I attended. It was not very organized and took forever, mostly because there was a half mile or so between each group.
The best part of the week was the fireworks last night. They set them off of a boat in the middle of the anchorage and I could lie on my trampoline and just watch them. It was a nice twenty minute display. Ironically the one time music would have been cool at the boat they stopped playing.
I am not telling anyone not to attend next year, but it was not for me and I will try to be out of the Charlotte Amalie harbor. And this comes from a guy who had a blast at New Orleans’s Mardi Gras and Nassau’s Junkanoo!