Trip Start Jun 03, 2010
129Trip End Feb 04, 2012
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The past two days were the final days of Grenada's Carnival. Let me tell you about Jouvert (pronounced like "jouvay"), First off, all we knew was that it was an overnight celebration inthe streets that involved music and dancing and throwing paint and motor oil at each other. We had a vague idea of what time and day it started, having heard mixed info as to whether it was Sunday night/Monday morning or Mon-Tues, and if it started at midnight or 4am or in the afternoon. The only consistent info we got was what to wear: "Old clothes. If you want to wear your clothes again after Jouvert, don't wear them to Jouvert." As backpackers, Sina and I had no clothes to spare, so Adam donated a couple of old jeans that we started fashioning into outfits at around 2am Monday morning, having decided we'd shoot for 4am Monday and hope that was right
Tuesday was the Parade of Bands. All we knew was that it started in the afternoon and that there would be elaborate costumes. Luckily we somehow get to shore just as the parade was getting underway. After a few minutes in the hot sun not able to see around the people in front of me, I find a perch on a stump in the shade with a perfect view. The costumes are amazing. I think there was a competition, so the parade was organized into groups. Each group had like 15 people in matching costumes - mostly sparkly outfits with elaborate hats and feathers and props and glitter, plus one or two stand-out people wearing these crazy costumes with frames in them, so that the person looks like a giant paper fan probably eight feet in diameter. The costumes are beautifully colored and designed, I can't even describe them. I forgot my camera, but Adam took pictures and eventually I'll be able to put some up, hopefully. There probably isn't time before we leave for Guyana. Anyway, the downside to the parade was that it was painfully slow, since they kept stopping for the groups to be judged, I think. No matter, it was still really cool. And now I have Soca songs stuck in my head, especially the "Tornado" one that apparently won something and is played practically nonstop.
Well, so much for the shortened version. Now I really need to get going. The trip to Guyana is at least 80 straight hours. Hopefully there will be enough wind to sail us there faster, but will probably have to use the one working engine the whole way, which could take days longer. Wish me luck!