The post-Carnival season of Lent is a more solemn time in the Caribbean, but that hardly means that March lacks for fun and interesting events, festivals, concerts and more, including island-flavored St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Montserrat's St. Patrick's Day celebration is one of the world's largest outside the Auld Sod and the U.S., thanks to the Irish immigrants who helped settle this small volcanic island. St. Croix doesn't have quite as many Irish but still knows how to throw a St. Paddy's Day parade!
The yam may be a terrific tuber, but a whole festival? Jamaica's Trelawny Parish -- located in the Cockpit Country region -- manages to make this much more fun than it sounds, drawing in more than 10,000 attendees each year to feast on yam dishes, honor a yam king and queen, gawk at giant yams, and play yam-related games. And of course there is a concert at the end of Yam Festival Day, featuring the best of Jamaican music.
The driftwood home of famed Anguilla reggae star Bankie Banx -- known as the Dune Preserve -- serves as home base for the annual Anguilla Moonsplash concert festival, attracting such diverse artists as Jimmy Buffett, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, and of course Bankie himself.
More than 80 films are screened over nine days in March as part of what is called one of only four truly independent film festivals in the world. Features, documentaries and short films are screened at four theaters on Bermuda, and the program also includes chats with filmmakers, parties, and more.
U.S. blues artists flock to the Coral Bay Ball Field on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands for the annual St. John Blues Festival, sponsored by local musician Steve Simon.
Bluebloods and others with seawater in their veins will be in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in March for the annual St. Thomas International Rolex Regatta, one of the world's best competitive yacht races. Based at the St. Thomas Yacht Club, with major social events at the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas.
The Heineken Regatta is one of the top social events of the year in St. Maarten. Not only can you follow the races in spectator boats, you can join the parties onshore, including live music over the course of the four-day event.