We’ve been really busy on our whirlwind tour with friends and family back in the US. So busy, that I never got a chance to post the rest of these goodies from Carnival.
It turns out that J’ouvert was just a warm-up for the rest of the Carnival festivities. People danced till they dropped, went home, washed up, sobered up, changed outfits, and went back out into the streets for Monday Night Mas (short for masquerade) – a dance party/parade of thousands that winds through the streets of Grenada.
We were warned that we’d feel left out if we didn’t join a “band” for Carnival, so one day, a few weeks beforehand, we’d gotten up early and trekked out to an industrial park to pay our tab to reserve spots in the one organized by Carib, the biggest brewery on the island. One week later, we stood in line at the brewery to receive a big bag containing our Mas gear – light up wands, twinkle hats, glowing necklaces, reusable plastic sippy bottles, a t-shirt for Brian and a (way) too-tiny tank top for me. The official uniform for the Carib band, 2016.
We assembled a crew from the marina and hit the streets in the dark for the second time that day, in search of our band. There were people everywhere – it was easy to tell who belonged with which band just by looking at the branded shirts and type of light up do-dads folks were wearing. One band sported light up mohawk head-dresses, another had elaborately lit baseball caps. We found our people, concentrated behind a big Carib-branded truck loaded with speakers, and handed up our plastic bottles to the guys on the keg truck to fill with Carib beer.
Once we’d had a drink and learned a quick routine from the band leader, we were off, half walking, half dance-shuffling through the streets with hundreds of other people in our band moving to the thump of the jab jab music. It went on for miles and into the wee hours, way past my bedtime. Two parties of this magnitude in one day – there’s no party like a Grenadian party!