Carnival Confessions

Monday and Tuesday I was MIA but for good reason. For two days every year my entire country, and I do mean the entire country, shuts down and people prance around the streets in next to nothing in a parade called Carnival. There is music, there is fun and then there is repentance on Ash Wednesday. Perhaps only Brazilians would fully understand the concept since Trinidad and Brazil have rival Carnivals every year. This year my body wasn't in a position to be playing "mas" half-naked - because fat - so I didn't. Next year for sure. 

Anyhoo here are some Carnival confessions:

1. Leading up to the actual week of Carnival, there are countless parties (fetes) that happen throughout the season (I went a to a couple but they are expensive!!). Being completely honest, we start to get into Carnival mode from weeks or months before the actual Monday and Tuesday... all productivity leaves and work takes a slightly back seat, which is probably why I was able to blog a full 6 times last week. Ha!

2. On Carnival Monday before the "pretty" parade that starts during the day, people gather from about 3 am and dance the streets in paint and mud. I know, I know, it is strange, It's called jouvert and I swear, although it is dirty and crazy, it is balls of fun. This is a photo of me playing Jouvert a couple years back:

(with my faves)

3. Celebrities flock the streets. A lot of them usually. This year there was one main talking point. If you are into social media and you were watching the epic twitter battle between Amber Rose and Khloe Kardashian on Monday, then you would know that Amber was tweeting from Trinidad.

She looked kinda cute yesterday (and yes that is a guy in heels .. its Carnival anything goes):
4. Speaking of anything goes... Literally.... any. thing. goes.

Except self confidence ... that clearly stays. No hate, her tummy is flatter that mine. Kudus to her.

5. Tuesday is the day for awesomeness. People literally prance the streets in gorgeous costumes for the ENTIRE day. And let me tell you guys, the costumes are not cheap. They cost upwards of 1000 USD and they are gorgeous! A glimpse into years past :

(I usually dont have my camera so I took two random pics from the web. I noted where I took them from under each)

6. After the fun and debauchery, people flock churches on Ash Wednesday and repent for the sins of Carnival Monday and Tuesday haha. But really, the two days are supposed to be the final hoopla before the official beginning of Lent.

7. After Lent ... people start prepping their minds and the gyms are once again packed because ... as any Trini would tell you, you gotta get that body right for the next Carnival!

Hope you guys enjoyed reading these little tidbits. There is so much more I could say but I really don't want to bore you. I really do hope some of you take a trip across for one Carnival season. It really is great!! I'll be really honest and say I'm not going to work today, Ill do work from home. From tomorrow though, its back to work and back to regular blog ish.

Ok I'm off to read 5 million blogs ...

Linking up with Melissa

Have a Great Wednesday Guys.

33 comments:

  1. That sounds like so much fun! The costumes are just gorgeous, and wow, serious self confidence! I don't think I'd be that confident in such a small amount of clothes, but those ladies and gents are rocking it! ;)

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  2. i need to move my ass to the Caribbean. everyone is so laid back. they work hard and play hard. my kinda people. when i went to visit family in JA, we were supposed to go to some shop to grab a few things so when i asked what time they open, my cousin says "sometime in the morning". ???. when i asked what that meant (ie. there's no set open/close time?), she says "it's not like that here. when the shop owner gets in, that's when the store opens".

    my friend who visited st. lucia told me that every friday, the island basically shuts down and parties in the street just because it's the weekend. seriously? WHY DON'T I LIVE IN ST. LUCIA??

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  3. This looks like so much fun!!! I definitely have to make a trip and experience it for myself one year.

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  4. Oh my gosh, how fun! This looks like something someone should experience AT LEAST once!

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  5. I'm so upset I missed it and arriving tomorrow so only by a few days!! It is definitely 2 days of extreme fun, dancing, singing and drinking!

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  6. That sounds so fun and I love that the entire country shuts down. This is one of those things that people should experience - Bucket List!

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  7. That looks like so much fun!!!

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  8. girl you are not fat, take that back right now. what'd i tell you about being mean to yourself?
    the costumes are fabulous! glad you enjoyed yourself :)

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  9. This sounds like so much fun!! I love that entire country gets into it!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  10. That looks like a blast and those costumes, my word! I would not be that confident. I love that they get wild then repent the third day! Bwahaha!

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  11. Every time you talk about it I don't understand why I don't live next door to you. lol.

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  12. The only experience I have with Carnival is from a tourist POV because when I was in high school, we would go to Aruba around the time of Carnival and there would always be shows and stuff. So it's really cool to get a real, true insiders perspective of it. It seems like so much fun and craziness!

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  13. uh that looks AMAZING! consider this added to my bucket list...

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  14. Um, I would die after one night because I cannot hang with serious party-ers like this haha. Kudos to zero body image issues for sure!

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  15. What a crazy fun party! I am jealous and want to come play next year!!!

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  16. Love learning about all your country's unique things and customs :) so glad you shared this! Sounds like an amazing couple of days

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  17. Ok, why don't we do something as fun and as fabulous here in the US? Two entire days of partying in the streets? I guess the Mardi Gras parties on Bourbon St kind of count, but we don't do such an extravagant celebration here in Illinois, although it's -5 degrees right now outside, so I don't see myself dancing in the streets in my barely there bikini. Looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!!

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  18. Just the people watching alone looks like it would be fun! Carnival is definitely on my bucket list. There is a Brazilian Carnival party every year here in Texas, but we've never actually gone to it.

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  19. That looks like a ton of fun! I'm pretty sure I'm one of the only people who has no idea what went down between Amber Rose & Khloe...and I have Twitter ha.

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  20. That looks like an absolute blast! I went to Carnevale in Venice one year, but I'd love to go to one like this and/or go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

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  21. This sounds amazing. WHY don't we do this in the US?? I mean I know Mardi Gras is big in New Orleans but why hasn't it caught on everywhere else? I need more reasons to wear bedazzled costumes in my life!
    Gina - On the Daily Express

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  22. AH I'm so glad you posted about Carnival. I was not-so-secretly hoping for one! This looks SO fun! I have to go once in my lifetime!

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    1. You need to check it out I promise its fun!!

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  23. So jealous! I definitely need to go there and experience that! Seems so fun and exciting!!

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  24. I love learning fun things about your country! What a fabulously awesome tradition!

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  25. OH my goodness, I've always wanted to go to Carnival. It sounds soooooo amazing!

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  26. I want to go so bad! I would love to see all the costumes in person it looks like so much fun!

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  27. That's so interesting! I had never heard of Carnival before, but it sounds really fun! Thanks for sharing:)

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  28. Homegirl is Con-fi-dent! I don't know if I can hang but this post makes me wanna go the Carnival!

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  29. How fun! So cool that you get to experience this once a year!

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