It’s Carnival Time in Dominica! This scary mask formed part of the decor on the float promoting the Miss Teen Dominica 2014 pageant.
Mademoiselle Francophonie 2013, who represented Lebanon looked very regal in her authentic costume.
It seemed as if the weather had finally turned for the brighter: brilliant sunshine, blue skies and a pleasant breeze blew in off of the Caribbean Sea as hundreds took to the streets of Roseau on February 8th to watch the Carnival Opening Parade of Mas Domnik 2014. I was feeling a little ‘under the weather’, but I knew that if I made the effort to get out and watch the parade, it would be an ideal tonic for what ailed me.
With the innumerable spontaneous smiles from lovely pageant participants and the contagious joy emanating from those who
‘played mas’ (dressed up in costume), I could not help but feel better!
I was very pleased for the participants and I know that the crowd was contented with all the sights and sounds in the Carnival Opening Parade 2014. Beauties were typically followed by beasts – and smiles were definitely the order of the day. You can see for yourself in the photos below!
A boy pushes his hand-made toy truck, called a Kabouwe in Creole. This creative contribution is a Dominican tradition.
This pretty little Princess Show contestant has a lovely smile!
Creole Culture is represented by Madam Wob Dwiyet 2013 in her magnificent traditional dress. It must have been very hot – but as a Queen, she did not display any discomfort!
A lovely Teen contestant from one of the high schools – Dominica Grammar School.
The Miss Teen Dominica pageant will have tight competition with all the beautiful young ladies from around the island – this one is from the Grand Bay area.
Junior Calypso Monarch Competitors were out in full force, indicating that young people take this special art form seriously from a young age!
Carnival Queen 2014 contestant, Royette Laurent may have what it takes to follow the exceptional Leslassa, the reigning Miss Dominica. This young lady, who represents Portsmouth has my vote!
Other young people entertained the crowd on the Bay Front with their melodious steel pan renditions.
School children from the east coast village of Castle Bruce proudly marched in the Carnival Opening Parade.
Energetic young ladies captivated the crowd with their well rehearsed ‘flag-waving’ routines.
The Kalinago Carnival Band was well represented with indigenous people of all ages participating in their group.
Traditional lapo kabwit (goat-skin) drummers were a prominent presence in the parade route.
The sensational Sensay revellers from the village of St. Joseph held everyone’s attention with their incredible costumes!
Sensay costumes have traditional African origins.
Stilt-walkers ,called Bwa-Bwa in Creole looked very sinister in the late afternoon light. They were also portraying ‘darkies’ with their whips and complete coverage in black body paint.
Fierce ‘darkies’ on the road cracked their whips and created fun-loving fear in those who stood too close to them.
Perhaps the ‘darkies’ aren’t as scary as one might think; this one cast a spell on pretty Kim that brought forth a beautiful smile!