It is Festival time in the British Virgin Islands. Festival is an annual event that lasts two weeks, and celebrates the reading of the Emancipation Act at the old well on Joe's Hill in 1834.
|Vendors set up stands along the parade route|
|Even dogs get adorned for the occasion|
The big celebration really gets going the Friday before Festival Monday. Concerts go all night, and end only with the 4am Rise and Shine Steel Drum Tramp. Sunday is a bit more solemn: there's a re-enactment of the reading of the Emancipation Act, and it stays pretty quiet through the evening.
|Costumes are a big deal for the dance troops|
Festival Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are all official holidays, meaning government and many businesses are closed. The culmination of Festival is on Festival Monday, when the parade happens.
Since I was working yesterday, HB went to the parade by himself, and was good enough to take pictures for me to share with you.
|Two, double-decker trailers filled with steel drums and trash barrels -- the loudest thing at the parade|
|As thorough a kludge as I've ever seen|
|My favorite of HB's pictures. The woman is wearing a costume representing Virgin Gorda (the Baths). The donkey carries a tourist bus.|