Although my mind is still on Paris, I had to pause before I chronicle my European visit to soak up the positive energy emanating from Dominica’s Carnival 2015 Opening Parade. It was filled with all types of revelers and exhibited Dominica’s masquerade traditions to the fullest extent of the imagination. As well as being a riot of colour, beauty and creativity , the sensuous side of the Bacchanal also intrigued thousands of satisfied spectators, who filled the sidewalks along the parade route on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Roseau.
Feast your eyes on these photos. It is hoped they will tempt you to come to Dominica to “play mas!” If the spirit doesn’t move you this year, then plan for next! And if you’re on island, I’ll see you on the road!
A Calendar of Dominica’s Carnival Events 2015 is located here.
There was a Carnival Queen, a King, several Princesses big and small, as well as lovely ladies and girls set to contest crowns in upcoming pageants:
There was a wonderful mix of traditional costumes in this year’s Opening Parade. I admired the creativity, cost and construction of each one..Scary Sensays were abundant ‘on the road’ as they covered faces with masks, heads with horns or hats and bodies with colourful fabrics.
It wasn’t all fearsome though: the female Flag Wavers and the boys with their home-made toy trucks drew appreciation and admiration from the crowd. Hi-fi trucks kept everyone ‘chipping’, that is moving to the beat, but there were also a number of lapo-kabwit (goat-skin) drum bands on the route, which added the traditional rhythmical twist to Dominica’s original Carnival.
Of course, there was plenty of hot attire, suggestive of the bacchanal. But there were also liberal smatterings of individual freedom of expression through Carnival costume creation, all amounting to personal joy, and immense pleasure for the onlookers. Isn’t that what Carnival is really all about, after all!
* Many thanks to Jenny Spencer for her Carnival cheer and the contribution of some of her brilliant photos!