Carnival time in paradise

During the last weekend we had carnival time in paradise. It was the 2nd edition under the theme ‘Melting Pot of Cultures’ after its relaunch last year. The first ever ‘Carnaval International de Victoria’ took place in 1972 as a part of the 200th Anniversary of the first settlement of the islands.

Together with many local floats and groups delegations from 33 international destinations, which included UK, Trinidad, China, Korea, Indonesia, South Africa or Germany to name a few, took part.

Last year we were in the hospital because of ‘Timan’s ruptured appendix, so we were missing out on this, but this year we went to see parade in town.

It’s very different to the ‘Fasnacht’ from my childhood, with frightening wooden masks or lots of painted faces and colorful dresses. And not to forget the ‘Guggemusig’, a sort of brass-band that doesn’t quite hit the right note, plays very, I mean VERY,  loud and is accompanied by even louder drums. It’s definitely worth to check out too. Oh, and don’t forget, the best part of it happens during the night in the alleys of the old town. Unlike here in paradise it’s essential you dress up yourself in a costume and you need to have stamina. However, every couple of hours you can ‘warm up’ in a Bar with some hot or cold alcoholic beverage. You’ll need this to make it through the night. February or early March is usually still very cold and snow is not unusual.

But back to our very own carnival in the tropics. Here you can wear what you like, but light summer clothes are preferable. And this weekend was cloudy but HOT, HOT, HOT.

What makes it so special is that you are right in the middle of everything. Remember, the paradise is very small. Compared to the other ‘big and famous’ carnivals ours is tiny, but literally in touching distance. You actually have to make sure some of the costumes don’t poke you in the face.

So come and enjoy some impressions of the ‘Carnaval International de Victoria 2012′:

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Everybody loved the Samba Dancers from ‘Notting Hill Carnival’.

My son however didn’t seem to be very interested.

Until I realized that he was actually VERY interested,

he simply preferred a different perspective. ;-)

We had a great time and hope we’ll get to see a similar spectacle again next year at the ‘Carnaval International de Victoria’.

How is your Carnival? Is it based on ancient or heathenish customs or do you celebrate an elegant venetian version?

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Posted on March 5, 2012, in Carnival, Paradise, Photography, Things I like, Town and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Hi there. I am from the US, and planning on setting up trip to travel for the Carnival. I am a photographer, and was wondering how easy it is to get front row. I would hate to travel all the way to not have access. Also, how to apply for a press pass. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  2. That looks like so much fun!
    Are you from Germany??

  3. Looks like fun!

    The closest thing we have to a carnival here in the US is in New Orleans and I was much too far away from that being in Colorado. :-(. I’ve been before, and it’s much fun.

    So glad your little man had a good time.

  4. Looks like fun. The closest to a carnival we had here in the US was New Orleans, and I was too far away from that.

    Sounds like your little man

  5. How fun and colorful is that?
    Timans expression is hilarious.
    I had no idea that he had his appendix out last year. Poor guy.

    • At first he was a little sceptical, but after he’s seen the Chinese Dragon up and close, like about a foot from his face, and it didn’t bite him, he wasn’t afraid anymore and he even liked the Samba girls. A little man is a man after all. ;-)

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