There is something truly special about the Carnival Parade on St John. Technically St John's Carnival is called Festival, but it's nearly impossible not to call it Carnival. Residents of the Virgin Islands walk around and tell each other "Happy Carnival" during, before and after the week's long celebration (which is actually one dense week ending on the 4th of July plus other events spread over a month). The coincidence of our emancipation landing on the same day as the US celebration of freedom helps solidify the festive spirit and is shown in an apt blend of Virgin Islands culture and national pride. Here is a short clip of some of the parade highlights.