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Program of the Carnival Martinique 2023

 A specific circuit has been defined in the city center of Fort-de-France. Everything will take place between 1pm and 7pm. The parades will take place in the main roads of the city: Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, Boulevard Allegre etc.

  • Fat Sunday 19 February 2023, 1st day.

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Source : http://carnavalmartinique.free.fr/index.html

04:00 pm : Great exit of his majesty Vaval! Essential element of the Martinique carnival! Presence of groups on foot, street bands and floats in the streets of the capital.

Location : Streets of Fort-de-France

Theme : The great carnival of Martinique

Colors : Multicolors

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm : Fights and demonstrations of danmyé, a martial art from Martinique.

Location: Place de la Savane

Theme : Demonstration

Colors : Multicolor

  • Fat Monday 20 February 2023 March 2023, 2nd day.

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Source : http://carnavalmartinique.free.fr/index.html

4:00 pm : All more strange than the others, the burlesque weddings are great moments of humor and derision. The man disguises himself as a woman, most often with a white dress, and the woman puts on her tuxedo.

Location : Streets of Fort-de-France

Theme : Burlesque wedding

Colors : White

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm : Fights and demonstrations of danmyé, a martial art from Martinique.

Location: Place de la Savane

Theme : Demonstration

Colors : White

  • Fat Tuesday 21 February 2023, 3rd day.

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Source : http://carnavalmartinique.free.fr/index.html

4:00 pm : The highlight of the Martinican carnival, Shrove Tuesday is one of the days where the popular fervor is the greatest. The carnival workers are traditionally dressed in red. The red devils decorated with cattle horns on their heads and bits of broken mirrors on their bodies go out into the streets. The Papa diable are the devils that scare the most the children. Location: Streets of Fort-de-France

Theme : ''Vidé'' in red

Colors : Red

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm : Fights and demonstrations of danmyé, a martial art from Martinique. Location: Place de la Savane

Theme : Demonstration

Colors : Red

  • Ash Wednesday, February 22nd 2023, last day.

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Source : http://carnavalmartinique.free.fr/index.html

16h00 : Last day of celebration. The guiablesses, the widows are inconsolable and the carnavaliers accomplish the last rounds of emptying. At dusk, the pyre burns, leaving us only the ashes of Vaval.

Location : Streets of Fort-de-France

Theme : Incineration of his majesty Vaval.

Colors : Black and white

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm : Fights and demonstrations of danmyé, a martial art from Martinique.

Location: Place de la Savane

Theme : Demonstration

Colors : Black and white

Put on your best disguise and live the Martinique carnival like you never did before : Reserve now your rental car.

Characteristics of the Martinique carnival

The "vidés" : the vidé consists in following a group on foot. At times the crowd participating in the vidés stops, then leaves a good distance and spontaneously and frantically the crowd runs back to the group.

The "vidés pyjama" which take place notably on Monday morning at dawn at the jump of the bed.

The "bradjaks" : these are old cars loaded with carnival people, decorated with a current theme. They move in groups and make a lot of noise.

The "clay men" dressed with clay and taking postures of clay statues.

The "neg gwo siwo" coated with molasses and coal, reminiscent of the old slaves.

"Vaval": a large statue of several meters representing a current theme, parading with the festival-goers and destined to be burned on Wednesday after his "Avis de Zob Sec" (funeral oration taking up polemical themes of current events, especially local)

Rent a car to participate in the carnivals

Carnival festivities take place in every city on the island. Why not take full advantage of it and organize a road trip to the celebrations on the island? Attend the different Miss Carnival elections and enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

We put at your disposal a fleet of vehicles to travel the roads of Martinique in all serenity. Family cars or 4x4, choose the mode of transport that suits you best.

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