Fastnacht Day where I grew up, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnival in Trinidad!!!
This is one time where I will follow Susie's philosophy of fewer words and more pictures.
Carnival officially opens on Monday, though the partying starts well before that. In the wee hours, J'ouvert (Zhoo-VAY) takes place. Festivities are opened with a parade of mud or oil covered revellers. They cut eerie figures in the first rays of morning light as they evoke thoughts of primal beginnings. Mud is free and allows anyone, poor or rich to engage in the bacchanal before the day gives way to the brightly colored mas bands in their expensive and ornate finery.
Monday and Tuesday give way to parades of mas (masquerade) bands. Months have been spent preparing costumes for the hordes of people who will join marching and dancing along the street to the biggest calypso and soca hits of the season.
Stilted moka jumbies walk along.
Tuesday will be the final competitions to crown the Queens...
And the Kings.
Happy Carnival all yuh!