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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.



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PHEBESS 5/5/2011 10:25PM

    I should add, for Myrna and everyone else - women here wear skimpy outfits no matter what their figure. Really. There was a woman who must have been over 300-350 lbs in a leotard and short tutu (in rainbow colors) - there were other women who had overflowing cleavage and muffin tops and rolls and cellulite and jiggly thighs - and they were wearing whatever they felt comfortable wearing, no matter how revealing.

I live in a place where curves are preferred - and I mean big curves! Round and prominent tushes are preferred, big thighs are preferred, even a belly is preferred. I know women who wear G cup bras. (I never knew they went to that size!) Women tend toward the fertility goddess shape - if you've seen the Venus of Willendorf, you know what I mean.

I've been told that, now that I've lost weight, I'm not as good-looking. Yup, I'm a size 16 or so, and I'm too small. My BF, from Tortola, married a man from here - and he's trying to make her gain weight! (She's about my size.)

My principal, a large man who married a large woman, told me his father always told him to marry a big woman - that a skinny woman was stingy with herself about food, and that she'd be stingy with everything else, too. Seriously! That seems to be the prevailing attitude here.

It's a cultural thing. Just like thin women are considered preferrable in the mainland US - here, men expect women to be big and luscious and voluptuous and like the women Renoir painted.

So - despite how I feel about my chubby middle and jiggly thighs - I would be perfectly normal looking running down the waterfront in a bikini with feathers and beads. Seriously.

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MILLISMA 5/5/2011 9:50PM

    Sounds like a great time. I think I'm jealous! Enjoy

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SAPNA. 5/5/2011 1:35PM

    Such a lot of people. I wish I had the figure to wear clothes so skimpy. Not in this lifetime sorry to say.

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LE7_1234 5/5/2011 1:33PM

    Very cool. Thanks!

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COROZALOVE 5/5/2011 1:17PM

  I just wish I was there.

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