Carnival Report - J'ouvert morning!
Thursday, May 05, 2011
J'ouvert is the crazy early-morning road march, which is also a battle of the bands. Bands rent a huge flatbed truck and a generator, and they play on it - people dress in crazy outfits, and follow their favorite band. The four-lane road along the waterfront is closed off for the road march, so traffic everywhere else is crazy. A lot of businesses close, and it's just a giant party.
This year: Music started about 6:30 AM, we were in town before 7. (Music drifts up the hill, so we know when to head down.)
Favorite band - JDPP (Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Program - really, this is a prevention program where musical students play in the band - and they really are one of the best bands around!)
Trendy clothing - word was that the trendy ensemble for girls (and women who want to look younger than they are) would be fishnet leggings and short short shorts - and there were some out there. But, since word had spread, those in the know wore leotard tops and tiny ballerina tutu mini skirts. Of course, there were still women out in little negligees, or bathing suits, or any variety of boudoir wear - always amazes me what women wear for J'ouvert! (Really, I could wear a swimsuit and toss on my wedding dress train, and I'd look right at home! Seriously!)
Weather - sun was up by 6:30 AM, so things were all sunny. Eventually some clouds came in and it wasn't quite as hot - and there was a nice breeze - so it was a comfortable morning.
Walking - DH and I put on about 3 miles walking back and forth, which is more comfortable that just standing still.
We did take a breakfast break about 8:30/9 AM at a coffee shop, then walked around a while more.