Montserrat's Festival runs from mid-December until New Year's Day, and is a time when hundreds of Montserratians living overseas return to the island to reunite with families and friends and enjoy the festivities. Montserrat's Festival has many similarities with the carnivals held in other islands, and highlights the island's wealth of culture and talent.
There are calypso competitions, the Festival Queen competition, beauty and talent shows, and the parade of costumed troupes on New Year's Day, as well as Masqueraders dancing in the streets. As night falls, excitement builds up at street 'jump ups' informal dancing in the street, with exuberant crowds following a truck playing loud music.
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