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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.

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Photo of the 2009 Dominica Carnival Queens contesants2009 Carnival queen Contestants at Lip Sync Competition – Photo courtesy The Lime

Hundreds of Dominicans gathered at the Arawak House of Culture Saturday night to witness the pre-launching of the seven young ladies vying for the 2009 Carnival Queen Pageant on February 20.

Those competing for the crown are 20-year-old Wendy Glenville from Castle Comfort; 21-year-old Nadine Sylvester from Pottersville; 20-year-old Amye James of Grand Bay; Kayla Benjamin of Portsmouth; 21-year-old Lisa Alcendor from the community of Dubique; Kayan Toussaint out of Pointe Michel and Attainea Toulon of Roseau.

Each contestants graced the stage making different appearances in Casual Wear, Swim Wear and Evening Wear. They also had to make a speech.

Click here to see photos from the Carnival Queens Pre-Launch Show – By Dominicanewsonline.com

Might be to early, but after looking at the photos from the 2009 Carnival Queen Pageant Pre-launch Show. What’s your prediction? Who do you think will win the 2009 Carnival Queen pageant come February 20? Share your predictions in the comments.

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