Where I come from we call it Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), but here in Dominica they call it Carnival or “Mas Domnik“. It’s the same thing expressed within different cultures with French roots. It involves music, big crowds, dancing in the streets, late night celebrating, and elaborate costumes. You can check out Dominica’s 2011 Carnival line up here at avirtualdominica.com. Things will kick off on Saturday, February 12th and go through March 8th (Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday).
I hope to catch some of the celebrating in Portsmouth this year. One custom they have here in relation to carnival that is unfamiliar to me is the buying of certain colored T-shirts for carnival. I think it has to do with what part of the island you are from ? Perhaps some local readers can enlighten us on this.
Last year I missed Mas Domnik because I was in New Orleans. It was the best Mardi Gras for every New Orleanian because the Saints had just won the Superbowl. Here is some video footage I took of downtown New Orleans during the Endymion parade. It’s a four minute rant of When the Saints Go Marching in / Who Dattin’ and the video really doesn’t do it justice. It was an unforgettable night. The city was just wild and so full of energy during the two weeks of Mardi Gras. People would stop their cars in the street, get out and chant who dat at any given moment. Everybody was in a good mood. Everybody was sporting a jersey of their favorite team player. Schools closed so that everyone could celebrate the Saints Super Bowl victory. Such a magical time. It’s just what the city needed to get out of the slump that Katrina left everyone in.
Well, no Superbowl this year for us, but there is always next year. Until then, see you at Carnival 🙂 Laissez les bons temps rouler !