After J’Ouvert we took a nap, because we were going to be in for a long night: Monday Night Mas or the Parade of Lights. We bought the package to participate in the Carib Beer band. Why? Free beer, of course! Also, why watch when you can be part of the action?
My nails were painted the color of the Grenadian flag and Catherine on Mowzer helped me deck out my tank top. I was all ready to party.
I wasn’t as ready as Catherine, though. She found a new use for the glow balls on the ends of our light sabers.
We hit the streets all aglow and struck out to find our band. I didn’t think it would be too difficult. There were some very telling features to our outfits.
We easily found the Carib Beer Band and some more of our friends. Don’t you love Henry’s glasses? Rather Elton John like.
Some adorable girls drove by in their Pretty Mas costumes, a sneak peek at things to come.
For a moment I thought Catherine was going to hop on back and drive off. She makes friends so easily with the locals.
I got tired of holding my saber, so I sheathed it the only place I could. Haha!
Dave had to wear his glasses on top of his head. The blinking lights were making him dizzy. To explain the Made of Black shirt, the Carib brewery also brews Guinness. The white shirts were Carib and the black were Guinness. Made of Black, Made of More was Guinness’ slogan, which we thought really funny.
Henry was Made of Black and Made of More, too.
Catherine was the life of the party…
And then the party truck showed up. The bands were being judged, so the Carib band had to teach us our routine.
The video taken from the truck demonstrates it much better than my video, so I am borrowing theirs.
Dave and I walked around by the other bands and spotted some stilt walkers.
They are very good at it, dancing and walking among the people below them.
Not as tall, but still on stilts, she displayed the Dominica flag. It was fun seeing all the lights and people gathered, but we waited for hours and hours for the parade to start. The parade was definitely on island time! I waited 2 1/2 hours before the crush of people closed in on me too much. Dave and I returned back to the boat for about an hour break and then went back out to watch the parade go by. Lesson learned from J’Ouvert and the light parade: whatever the start time is supposed to be, show up three hours later! Next up… Pretty Mas, the Carnival the rest of the world sees.