by Atina Ramrattan
(New York, NY)
Aruba carnival starts around the same time as Trinidad Carnival. It's Dutch, Spanish, Indo Caribbean culture is represented on the island.
The main language is Papiamento but because of tourists and foreigners English and Spanish is frequently spoken, as it's proximity to Venezuala and the South American coast.
Jan 28 is Aruba's Grand Tumba contest. Feb 5 is the Calypso Roadmarch. Aruba's lighting parade is also unique to the island. Aruba's Grand Parade which falls on the Sunday before Ash Wednesday starting 11AM in the street route of Oranjestad.