The Dutch side of the island organizes its own carnival each year, just like the French side does.
This characteristically local experience takes place over several weeks. Many colorful dance troops dedicate themselves to the occasion, filling the streets of Philipsburg, the capital on the Dutch side, with rhythms of soca, drums, and whistles. Some of the must-see annual events include the Jouvert Morning Jump Up (a sunrise parade), the grand parade and the children’s parade. Many concerts are organized at the same time. This traditional cultural event is always popular and draws thousands of people.
In 2019, St. Maarten Carnival celebrated its 50th anniversary.