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Shaking Dem Dangerous Curves – Dancing in the Streets

Summer months in the Caribbean means Carnival! No matter which of the islands they all feature feathers, colorful costumes, acres of flesh, lots of bling and music.

We were fortunate enough to witness carnival in St. Vincent and later in Grenada. The size of the costumes and the events vary but every event has one consistent theme. Music! Trucks loaded with speakers crank up the volume and the beat until feet, head and body succumb to the pull. Like the pied piper they lead the revelers through the streets, in a dazzling, pulsing mass the revelers dance until they can dance no more.

The pull of the Caribbean Soca music is strong even to those who grew up far away from these shores. It seems no one can resist the beat; even the little ones have all the moves down by the time they can walk. Maybe the early practice develops flexibility in the hips and lower spine, as Soca seems to require an advanced degree of flexibility.

We captured a few clips during St. Vincent’s Vincy Mas celebration, including a few clips that appear a little racy. You have to watch this to see what we mean, especially towards the end.

Strangely enough when we asked the locals if this was as sexual as it looked, the response was “No, its just dancing”. It may be just dancing but the clubs fill on the weekends, as everyone gets dressed up and goes dancing!

Personally I’ll stick to the steel bands the pulse is just as insistent and as impressive, especially when delivered by these teenage bands. Whom we spotted doing a few practice runs before competing in Grenada’s Steel band contest.

If I had to sum up the Caribbean in one word, it would have to be Music. No event is complete without it and it pours from truck-sized speakers, doorways, cars, boats and the local buses. Loving it!

Wine Down

About the author: Born in the UK, with what must be more than a dash of Romany blood in her veins, Yvonne loved to travel even before she met Michael. Yvonne has a varied career history, which includes several laborious years as a laboratory manager, followed by a fun few years as a scuba instructor and crew in the British Virgin Islands, and then many boring years in financial services. Her discontent along with the passing of a dear friend was the prod that led to the realisation that there was a lot more do in life. It has taken almost 40 years to come full circle to realize what Yvonne’s English teacher saw all those years ago……… Yvonne’s true passion (apart from travel) is writing and now finds herself fortunate to have the time to follow her bliss and combine the two as a blogger and travel writer. Yvonne writes most of the content and talk to lots of strangers (the best way to get the real scoop on the place). Yvonne is a “rainmaker” and makes things happen!

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