Yoles rondes, or gommiers, are brightly colored fishing boats used for racing unique to Martinique.
In Martinique, many people speak Creole, which is a mixture of French and African languages with words from many other languages.
Carnival is a huge celebration that takes place the week before Lent in French-speaking countries. In Martinique, it lasts until midnight of Ash Wednesday and is celebrated with colorful costumes, music, dancing, feasting and parades.
Music and Dance
Music and dance are a very important cultural aspect of Martinique, originating from when the first Africans were brought over as slaves to work in the sugar cane fields. Some dances still around today are the biguine, mazurka, and the zouk.