Hello Blog Peepies!
In San Antonio, we have Fiesta! Every April, it's almost nonstop partying for about 10 days with 3 HUGE parades.
Fiesta is one of America’s truly great festivals. It began as a way to honor the memory of the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. That commemoration still takes place, but over the years, Fiesta has grown into a celebration of San Antonio’s rich and diverse cultures.
In Nassau, Bahamas, they have Junkanoo!
Junkanoo first began as a temporary celebration of freedom for slaves who were given three days off at Christmas time.
Junkanoo is reminiscent of New Orleans' Mardi Gras and Rio de Janeiro's Carnival, but it is distinctly Bahamian and exists nowhere else. Parade participants -- arranged in groups of up to 1,000 -- are organised around a particular theme. Their costumes, dance and music reflect this theme. At the end of the Junkanoo procession, judges award cash prizes. The three main categories for the awards are: best music, best costume and best overall group presentation.
Here we are, wearing some Junkanoo hats!
We learned about the instruments they use to make "noise"! Drums, cymbals, whistles--all are used as noise makers.
I love it when I can make a bunch of noise and not get in trouble for it!
Here--I'm trying to just blend in with all the colorful stuff AND doing a mighty fine job wouldn't you say!?
As always, have fun!