Dominica’s Carnival Tuesday Parade 2013 was, without a doubt, spectacular. Brilliant costumes, organized bands of all ages, sensational stiltwalkers (bwa bwa), flag wavers and hundreds of people in disguise: playing mas. It was a sight to behold. Two visiting friends from Canada (Jean and Pam) were completely spell-bound by this feast of creativity and pageantry. Joy and merriment overflowed in the streets of Roseau. It was definitely a supremely festive occasion.
Here – you can see for yourself!
The delightful Flag Wavers opened the parade, just ahead of the Carnival Queen and Calypso King.
Vibrant Miss Dominica Leslassa Armour-Shillingford exudes a queenly demeanor in her traditional costume. Other contestants’ costumes can be viewed here.
Dominica’s King and Queen easily captured everyone’s attention.
Calypso Monarch Dennison ‘Dice” Joseph is a force to contend with as a six-time champion.
The popular band called FANATIK provided the music on the road for the groups near the start of the parade. The incomparable Cornell ‘Fingers’ Phillip (right) is on the keyboards.
Lovely Little Carnival Princess.
Miss Teen Dominica Kaymaya Bertrand has a smile as brilliant as her costume!
Even the Dominica State College had its own pageant!
Amidst the bold colours, a band adorned in white outfits and balloons provided a serene contrast within the gaiety that surrounded it.
The stiltwalkers (bwa bwa) were greeted by onlookers with awe and amazement.
Some of the stiltwalkers become proficient at an early age!
You can see why Carnival Corner won the ‘King of the Band’ award.
The Kalinago indigenous people formed a segment of the Thunderbirds “Viva South America’ band.
The ‘Thunderbirds’ won the Band of the Year Award with their ‘Viva South America’ theme.
This was my favourite Thunderbirds Costume. I expect it was very hot! Hats off to the ladies who represented this aspect of South American culture!
You never know who you might meet ‘playing mas on de road’. Guess who?
My Carnival Tuesday Grand Finale – a photo op with Carnival Queen Leslassa Armour-Shillingford as she pauses for about a thousand (!) pictures on her 2nd lap of the parade route! Photo taken by Cecily Lees.