After a period filled with anticipation, the residents and visitors of St Martin can rejoice! The famous ‘Mardis de Grand Case’, also known as Harmony Nights, make their grand return on January 30, 2024. This emblematic event, initially scheduled a week earlier, promises a unique cultural and festive experience in the charming village of Grand Case.
The “Mardis de Grand Case” is a vibrant and culturally rich event, in a quaint fishing village on the island of Saint Martin. This event, which has been a tradition for nearly twenty years, transforms the village into a hub of artistic and culinary delight every Tuesday evening during February, March, and April.
Originally conceived to promote local merchants, the event has evolved significantly over the years. Today, it stands as a significant artistic and culinary meeting point in Saint Martin, showcasing the island’s cultural richness. The main attractions include colorful carnival parades, where dancers in vibrant costumes and feathers move to the rhythms of steel drums and Caribbean music, bringing the streets alive with energy and excitement.
A significant part of the event is the artisan and craft market, where local artists and craftspeople display their works. Visitors can explore over a hundred different booths full of unique handmade creations, ranging from jewelry made of natural materials found on the island to handcrafted accessories and paintings showcasing Caribbean beauty.
The culinary aspect of the event is just as enticing. Known as the “Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean,” Grand Case offers a plethora of dining options. From street food booths emitting tantalizing Caribbean aromas to high-end gourmet restaurants, the event caters to all taste buds. Visitors can indulge in local flavors at the open barbecue restaurants known as Lolo’s or try the island’s exquisite French cuisine in one of the many restaurants.
Practical information for visitors includes the fact that the main boulevard in Grand Case is closed to traffic during the event, creating a pedestrian-only zone filled with stalls, restaurants, and vibrant street life from 6 PM to 10 PM. Parking is available near the cultural center and in adjacent streets.
In summary, the “Mardis de Grand Case” offers a unique opportunity to experience the heart and soul of Saint Martin through its lively parades, rich artistic displays, and diverse culinary offerings. It’s a must-visit event for anyone looking to immerse themselves in the authentic Caribbean culture.