What we (Dominica) lack in commercialism, structure and organization, we make up for with everything that is unique to our carnival and our carnival only. You see, while in Dominica, I answered my very own longtime question of what makes a carnival experience special? My answer… individuality, vibe, friends, new bonds and watching how everyone feels the connection that you feel during those moments. I’ve always been amused as to why Dominicans abroad come back year after year for carnival. A carnival that is small, events are few and a type of music that has often been referred to as “rubbish” by the elders. I do believe its a testament to why it is special in its simplicity.
Sunday night was Chandra. An all white all inclusive boat party. I don’t want to be biased being that its thrown by yours truly- Team Feterz Inc, but from feedback it sounded like a must do event if you plan on visiting in the future after reading this, providing that you can get a ticket (inside note: Sells out pretty fast).
Carnival Tuesday, parade day, blew away all expectations. The costume bands, stick walkers, masqueraders, the many floats reminded me of why my passion for carnivals began. The road experience brought back a connection I had lost. A connection to the music, the people, the excitement of how free you feel for those few hrs on the road. But what stood out most was I had misjudged Dominica for not being structured or organized. I had been away so long that I’d become one of the elders in my own way. The music ran me through moods I’d long forgotten. At times I felt alive, happy, free, emotional, touched. You name it, I felt it. As one of my friends best explained it #BouyonDiDifference. And when I was geared to finish at 6/7 O’clock, this carnival just went on and on. Man, what a time!
Submitted by @livinggoodlenny