This past weekend brought colorful costumes, playful antics, and pageantry to the streets of Bonaire–in Rincon on Saturday, and Kralendijk yesterday–as the Grand Carnival Parade entertained nearly everyone on the island.
With non-stop glitter and glitz, bystanders enjoyed the high energy of this year’s Carnival dancers. Each year, it is fun to see what characters will be dancing down the street. This year we saw some googly-eyed monsters, some well-known personalities from the boxing world, as well lots of feathers, sequins, and smiles! With a long route to ensure everyone has a great opportunity for photographs, these dancers show amazing stamina as they danced all the way from van den Tweel Supermarket to the Catholic church in Kralendijk, down to Wilhelmina Park, back south and around past the stadium, ending back at their starting point.
If you are on Bonaire right now, and somehow missed the pageantry this weekend, there is one more opportunity on Tuesday evening, February 13th. The Grand Carnival Parade will take place one more time, ending at the stadium, where the effigy of King Momo will be burned at midnight, officially opening the season of abstinence with Lent.
With the burning of Momo, Carnival Season will officially come to an end…….that is, until next year!
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Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.