As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

J'ouvert - 2010 Antigua and Barbuda Carnival

This year I actually played J’ouvert mas rather than take pictures, so there are few pictures save the one below. Playing Mas means that you buy a ticket to join a troupe for the evening. Everyone in the troupe is given the standard Carnival party favours like a t shirt with the name of the troupe, a bandana, and in some cases a whistle. You then get to join the party of people enjoying themselves dancing between the music truck and the drinks truck as both roll along the parade route until morning. Even if you’re just staying in Antigua for a short time, with the place being so small you’ll likely end up saying a friendly hello to a few people you’ve met. If you’ve been on the island awhile you’ll of course meet all kinds of people you haven’t seen for some time and wondered where they went.

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