That's this year's Carnival theme.
Today was Food Fair, which I missed - there was a mix-up with the time of my facial appointment, and I had scheduled it so I could make it to food fair for my roti (Trinidadian dish) - but ended up missing since the appt was re-scheduled without my knowing about it.
So I figured I'd get a roti at the Carnival village tonight - lots of booths ringing the big parking lot in town, music, rides - DH and I went down about 8 PM - and walked and walked and walked, all around the booths, only to find that this year there was NO ROTI!!!!!! I had to settle for a chicken pate. People were very helpful, suggesting one booth after another - and others commiserated with me on how awful it was to have a Carnival without ROTI! Unheard of! (We shook our heads and said we didn't know what the world was coming to, and laughed.)
Ran into students who hugged me, friends, even the sax player from our family-dinner-before-the-weddi
ng (and his wife, who works with DH, and their 3 little kids). Walked about 5000 steps at the village, danced to the music, walked some more.
My favorite part - we watched little boys near the rides, they had these foil packets that explode. I asked one kid (about age 12) what made it explode, what did they do - so he and his friends demonstrated how you press it in the middle to mix whatever is inside, then throw it at someone and watch it explode. (Weird, but harmless.) Then we asked about the little explosives that are like caps, you throw them on the ground and they pop. So another little boy, maybe 8 yrs old, took us to a booth and showed us what to buy - DH and I knew, we bought them last year, but the kid was so cute helping us - so we bought a box (50 for $1) and I gave the kid a handful - then DH and I threw them at each other's feet, making little tiny pops, and giggling hysterically - until we realized all these adults were standing around watching us and laughing - it was very funny!
The big new toy this year was for littler kids - sort of an automated bubble blower, shooting out a stream of bubbles, while flashing lights - so we walked through areas that were awash with floating bubbles - very cool!
So - it's midnight, the music is still going, DH and Cleo are asleep on the couch - I'm going to get a few hours of sleep before we get up with the road music when J'ouvert begins about 5 AM (road march with bands down the waterfront - ties up traffic for hours - our tradition is to drive down and park at DH's office, hang out at J'ouvert, which is the craziest part of Carnival, then we go out for bkfst).