This past Saturday and Sunday, everyone took to the streets in Rincon and Kralendijk to celebrate the Grand Karnaval (Carnival) Parades, right alongside of the participants.
On Saturday, one could visit Rincon where a smaller preview of what was to come was featured. For those who like to take photographs, Rincon offers a fantastic opportunity to get close to all the Karnaval personalities.
On Sunday, everyone gathered along the route in Kralendijk, and it was a stupendous showing of colorful pageantry! Pianos were waltzing along the street, myriad animals attended–hummingbirds, peacocks, leopards and lions, there were some very scary looking court jesters, and dapper dudes with sequined suspenders; even some gorgeously clad gladiators!
Amazingly, after two days of parades, the participants still managed to keep a high-energy level, and the crowd showed its appreciation. After the final group passed, the crowd just got into the street and followed along making their very own parade!
Kudos go to all the people who made this year’s Karnaval a special festivity.
But for those who didn’t make it to see the parades, there will be a replay tonight of the Children’s Karnaval, scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM, and then Tuesday evening starting at 8:00 PM there will be an encore performance of the Grand Karnaval Parade, culminating at the stadium, where the effigy of King Momo will be burned at midnight. These are the final two events, so don’t miss them! (Source: Bonaire Insider Reporter)