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Sunday’s Grand Carnival Parade 2019 delighted both visitors and residents alike.

Yesterday’s Grand Carnival Parade 2019 was an exceptional display of high energy, fun spirits, colorful costumes, and delightful pageantry. Parading through the streets of Kralendijk, eight different groups, with 225 dancers, two bands, and lots of music by Bonaire’s DJs, brought many smiles to those who watched this very special annual event on Bonaire.

 

 

The Legacy Warriors of Montezuma, Flames of the Phoenix, and Viva España!

Montezuma was alive and well on Bonaire, as his legacy danced their way down the streets of Bonaire.  There were some very hot flames of the Phoenix, with bright colorful costumes in red, orange, and yellow.  Viva España showed fancy Spanish ladies, keeping cool with their elegant fans, wildly dancing bull-fighers, and even the bull made an appearance!

 

Spnish Bullfighters danced down the streets of Bonaire.

Heavenly Bodies of Egypt and Checkmate kept the parade lively.

Other groups included the heavenly bodies of Egypt, even with a sheik or two, while the group, Checkmate, reminded us all to learn how to play chess.

The people behind Bonaire’s Carnival.

Many, many people of Bonaire put their hearts and souls into each year’s Carnival pageant. Starting in the fall months, the groups come together to decide what their themes will be.  Then materials, sequins, feathers, and whatever else is necessary for the costumes are ordered.

The board game, chess, was represented with colorful costumes in Bonaire's Carnival 2019

Once the materials arrive on Bonaire, each person’s costume is carefully hand-made, sometimes costing hundreds of dollars for each one.  And then comes the choreography and practice! The elaborate headdresses which are worn can be heavy, but yet these dancers wear them throughout the route, delighting those that watch. 

And this all happens more than once!  On the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, the first Grand Carnival Parade occurs in Rincon.  Dancers, musicians, and helpers are all refreshed with new energy and ready for the encore in Kralendijk on Sunday.  But even then, they are not done, but rest on Carnival Monday, a legal holiday, before they do another encore performance on Tuesday evening before Ash Wednesday.  If you missed this weekend’s fine shows in either Rincon or Kralendijk, you have one more chance to enjoy it tomorrow night!

Cheers and thanks go to these folks who put on a great display for us each and every year!

(Source:  Bonaire Insider reporter)


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Susan Davis, Bonaire InsiderSusan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, a certified bird guide, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog. 


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