As you all probably know, Carnival is one of my favourite things in the world. I’ve already written detailed accounts of my Notting Hill Carnival experiences, so I don’t think it’s necessary to do that again because it would be pretty similar to the previous ones, so I thought I’d just post some pictures. Needless to say, I had a great time.
On Sunday I went with a band called Island Mas who were doing Jab Jab. Jab Jab is a carnival tradition where masqueraders smear black tar/oil/paint over themselves and often wear devil horns and other ‘scary’ things such as shackles and chains. The roots of this tradition are explained slightly differently in different sources, but it has connections to the abolition of slavery.
The devil helmet got annoying so I ditched it after about half an hour. This policeman kindly let me paint his face!
(By the way, my friend’s eyes aren’t naturally like that… She just wore scary contact lenses for Sunday.)
This year I didn’t stick with my band. We walked up along the procession, staying with each band for a few minutes or 15 minutes etc. I bumped into some friends who were with TT Mudders (TT standing for Trinidad and Tobago, and Mudders obviously meaning they cover themselves in mud…)
After a lot of baby wipes and soap, I was clean by the next morning. On Monday we went with a band called Jamaican Twist (mainly because they had the cheapest costumes…)
It was raining and a bit cold, so Carnival Monday wasn’t as busy as it’s been before. Again, we made our way along the procession, mingling with different bands and generally misbehaving:
I hope this man got a nice selfie!
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