On Tuesday February 9th, 2016, a beautiful morning dawned for Mas Domnik’s Costume Parade on the streets of Roseau. Slightly overcast
conditions and occasional drizzle acted as the perfect backdrop for the brilliant costumes adorned by the participants as they made their first pass around the route that mid-morning. By the time it was over a few hours later, a brilliant sun heated up the streets but didn’t prevent throngs of revelers from jumping up well into the evening as they made the most of their ‘last lap’ of Dominica’s Carnival 2016.
I always delight in the spectacle of the Costume parade and the cheery ambiance that surrounds it. Much respect and admiration is also offered to the designers of these incredible outfits, as it is their creativity and ingenuity that is being ‘shown off’ by the ‘models’.
Once again, I was very fortunate to have a front row seat at the Cat Café on King George V Street . I appreciated the filling crêpe and energizing Viennese coffee as I perched myself on the balcony and occasionally ran down to street level for a different vantage point to watch the activity ‘on the road’.
When the parade passed by my location just after 11 a.m., I immersed myself in the magical fantasy of the seemingly surreal participants in their spectacular wear. As I watched the King, Queen(s), Princesses and Princes of Mas Domnik, it was easy to forget about my cares and fill my heart with the joy of this celebration of Dominican culture and tradition.
So I gave myself over to the sheer enjoyment that surrounded me on the streets of Roseau during the Costume Parade of Carnival Tuesday 2016.
Pictures are worth plenty of words. Therefore, I present to you some snapshots of that fun-filled occasion. It is my pleasure to share a sense of this unique festivity with you. If you like what you see, then please let me know!
Carnival 2016 Calypso Monarch, King Dice (Dennison Joseph) and Miss Dominica 2016, Queen Tasia Floissac easily demonstrated the essence of Carnival through bountiful smiles and spontaneous merry-making:
Then came a train of royalty that well-defined the meaning of Carnival pageantry:
Plenty of Princesses:
Revellers ‘playing mas’ in their own style:
Flag Wavers adding to the ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ of this special day:
The Old Time Sake Band has a solid following. Year after year, they establish their presence in the Costume parade. I have had the pleasure of ‘jumping’ with them before. You can read about that fun experience here:
Then along came the prolific Thunderbirds band. Their commanding presence and spectacular costumes earned them a second place award with their theme: Junkanoo:
I remember the first time I ever saw the Karnival Korner band. It was at a pre-Carnival dance in 1998 at Springfield, my first home on the Nature Island. There, the Swingin Starz band had everyone jumping to the beat. I was in awe of the brilliant costumes that this troupe introduced to the enthusiastic party-goers. They’ve been around for a long time, and their annual creations always draw a crowd! This year, they placed third in the Tuesday Costume parade with their Kaleidoscope theme, but they have been winners many times before. They also captured the Adult King of the Band prize:
When you see these pictures of the exceptional, amazing, fantastical Afri-Culture Stilt Walkers (Bwa Bwa in Creole), you will easily understand why they won the Band of the Year prize, along with Adult Queen of the Band award. I confess that when I saw them on the parade route, I was already convinced that they would receive the top honours. I don’t have to explain further. You can see for yourself:
I hope you won’t become hysterical when I tell you that I was not able to take photos of the sexy Hysteria band this year. They were the last formal group to join the parade, on its third ‘lap’ around Roseau – and they won the award for the largest band on the road! By then,I had taken so many photos that my camera’s battery ‘died’ before I saw them. If it’s any consolation, you can see a few shots of cool ladies (and men) dressed for the Bacchanal that I took last year. And unfortunately, ever-popular Mercury band, with its revealing costumes did not take part in Mas Domnik 2016. But you can find some sizzling photos of their members here.
Now if you are convinced that you really want to experience this fantasy for yourself, then this is a ‘heads-up’ for next winter’s escape plan: Dominica’s forthcoming Carnival Holidays are the 27th and 28th of February 2017. Hope to see you ‘pon de road’!