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Published: February 9th 2008
For 3 days the police close 4 roads in a square through Roseau. The town is small so this almost closes the place to traffic completely. The timetable then goes something like…
Monday 4am to 9am - Juvey: Music and dancing to see the dawn come. Not one for us! We arrived in Roseau around 9 and saw the aftermath, this is the start of Carnival and it looks like the morning after a bad party. Everyone looks drunk. These people know how to enjoy themselves. There is a lull and we watch the parade preparing to move off. Make-shift bars are set up on the streets every 10 yards, we hold off and have our first drink at midday.
Monday midday - Parade: Costumes, Kings, Queens and more music. Great atmosphere. The music comes from articulated lorries piled high with speakers (each has a guy on top to lift power cables over the equipment), some with DJs some with live bands.
Monday 4pm to 10pm - Jump Up: More music and the streets full of dancing. Everything moves around the streets at a snail’s pace, the trucks gently pushing the crowd forwards.
Tuesday midday - Parade:
More costumes and more music.
Tuesday 2pm onwards - The T-shirt bands: In Dominica they listen to Dominican music, incredible when you think the population is only 70 thousand. 6 local bands occupy the trucks and play around the circuit. Ours was Triple Kay, even bought the T-shirt.
Exhausted, we were in bed at 10.30 on Tuesday night.
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