It’s Jouvert, Baby!
Carnival in Antigua is beyond festive. Everyone literally waits the entire year for the celebrations to begin, then they dive right in wholeheartedly. This morning, was Jouvert and the session started at 4am! For those who have never heard of Jouvert before, picture thousands of party-goers wearing their oldest clothes and dancing behind huge trucks with massive speakers! The city literally shakes with the combination of loud noise, and jammin’ crowds.
I dragged myself out of bed after 5am, then hustled into town to meet my friend Jennifer. We followed the trail of pulsing sound waves, from the many loud speakers blasting out Carnival tunes. Here’s what we found!
Jennifer and I watched from the sidelines for a while after we first arrived. There was lots of chaos, but it was exciting! Thousands of happy people danced in the streets, to the latest Carnival songs from the local bands.
The sun got hot, and the crowds didn’t give a damn. The water tank, simply took on the task of hosing down everyone to keep them ‘refreshed’! People danced so hard, that lots of guys started to take their shirts off! LOL.
Watching was fun, however we were given free beers from some of folks in the jouvert troupes…so we joined in! We danced up and down the streets of the city and had a total blast!
After 4 hours of straight jumping and dancing in the street, we finally headed home to our nice clean showers! Not for long though, as the street parade is this afternoon at 2pm. After a morning wake up call like this one, there’s no way I’m missing it!