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fanatik band at Dominica Carnival 2010

Dominica Carnival Monday 2010 kicked into high gear early Monday morning with the traditional J’Ouvert Morning Street Jump up, Ole Mas Parade, and ended with the annual T-shirt Band.

The weather cooperated this year and provided the requisite tropical heat to go along with the saucy dancing and the all rum drinking.

All in all, Carnival Monday was a day of smiles and good vibes. I can’t wait to see what happens on Carnival Tuesday — should be exciting!

As always, we will be posting/sharing photos and videos…so stay tuned.

Here are some fun scenes from Carnival Monday:

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reveler at Dominica Carnival 2010

Dominica creole costumes

Dominica blackies

fanatik T-shirt Band

Check out this YouTube clip (teaser) from the Fanatik T-shirt Band…“Hold Em”

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A Little Trivia About J’Ouvert: The term “J’Ouvert” combines the French words “jour” and “ouvert” and means the “Beginning of the Day or Day Open”. Every Carnival Monday, in the wee hours of the morning until day breaks, the greatest show on earth is born. The first revelers hit the streets – jumping, dancing, shouting – abetted, it must be admitted, by the fine local rum, but fueled more by the exhilaration of the occasion. Caution: This early “Mas” is for the true die-hard player.

Pronounced “Jouvay”, this costumed street dance officially launches most islands’ Carnival at daybreak. On some islands, it precedes Mardi Gras or main event. On other islands, it begins the big day itself.

Enough Trivia! This year’s J’Ouvert in Dominica was no exception; the true die-hard players (revelers) came out in large numbers, some as early as 2:00am. For many revelers around the island, J’Ouvert is the highlight of their carnival.

As for me, the two things I love about “Jouvay” are the Lapeau Kabwit bands, and the Pappy Show – what’s J’Ouvert without a Pappy show wedding – literally!

I’m curious to know, what about J’Ouvert do you love the most? Share in the comments below.

Videos by:Simone Senhouse. Find more videos like this on www.caivideos.ning.com

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