Carnival is an annual celebration of life found in many countries of the world. Grenada like many other nations that were under colonial rule had carnival introduced by the original settlers that brought with them their slaves, customs and culture. The wealthy planters had fancy balls where people wore masks, wigs, and beautiful dresses and danced long into the night. Banned from the masked balls, the slaves would hold their own little carnivals in their backyards - using their own rituals and folklore, but also imitating their masters’ behavior at the masked balls.
Here Chef Oliver Vegas is describing our dining options.
Port Louis Marina in the foreground and St. George’s the capital of Grenada in the background.
Doug enjoying chicken after the hash
Photograph courtesy of Grenada Info & Activities
The costumes are very intricate and can be costly. Unfortunately much of the symbolism is lost on us.
Kent, Marilyn, JoAnne & Paula
JoAnne, Ron & Paula
But not until after the obligatory photo op.
Soon Carnival 2012 became a blur and life in Grenada returned to normal.