Saturday, 22 September 2012

Tortola J'ouvert 2012

I figured it is finally about time that I got my back log of summer posts out of the way!

J'ouvert is a bit of a strange tradition in the Caribbean. I think it means "Rise and Shine Tramp" and it's basically just a ridiculously huge street party that starts at about 4am and ends when the sun rises, it's then followed a few hours later by the carnival!

On the Sunday before J'ouvert every year we go for brunch at the Tamarind Club, where they have their "Drink the Bar Dry" event. Since tourism is seasonal in the Caribbean, a lot of the restaurants and bars are closed for a few months at a time. To celebrate the end of the season everyone comes, pays a fee and basically drinks until there's nothing left! We usually head home for a good long nap after this followed by a good meal, then around midnight we head to our friends annual Pre-J'ouvert party!
At about 4.30am after one of the most crazy parties of the year, everyone starts walking down the mountain into town for the start of J'ouvert! I don't have very many good photos of J'ouvert - everyone was so messed up by this point, but you'll have to take my word for it that the streets were completely jam packed with people and there were huge trucks piled high with giant speakers blasting out music so loud it made your whole body shake!
I know this photo is horrendously blurry - but I so wish it wasn't! It would have been the perfect picture! Definitely looks a bit like an album cover doesn't it! :D
Has anyone out their ever been to J'ouvert before? Stay tuned to see some amazing photos of Carinval day! ♥
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9 comments:

  1. That's some fun party! happy Sunday, Rachael! :)

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    1. It's SO much fun! But it's exhausting!! x

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  2. Sounds like a lot of fun!!

    xoxo

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    1. It really is, but you sleep for days afterwards! x

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  3. Sounds amazing! I love your posts about your summer :)

    Jesss xo

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  4. That's one crazy party! I think I'd find it hard to wake up after the nap haha, but I like how everyone goes out, it looks fun :)

    Lisa xx

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    1. Yeah literally everyone on the island goes down for J'ouvert, even old people! It's all for the emancipation celebration so they take it really seriously! x

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  5. I seriously need to visit this place, it sound slike you had the most amazing summer.
    How did you cram so many activities in?
    I'd of been absolutely shattered.

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