Being back from Curacao it took me a few days to get used to sleeping at proper times again, getting used to the cold and editing tonnes and tonnes of pictures from the most photogenic island ever. It also ended up to be so much content that I'm going to split it into two separate posts focusing entirely on carnival for this one!
Feb. 22, 2018
Labels: On track, Place to be, Sail the Seas
First of all... I used to hate carnival. I probably still hate German carnival, but what we got to experience in Curacao is so much more than what I used to know as carnival. The entire press trip was build around this event that for some people on the island is more of a thing than Christmas. Basically the whole island is participating. Either you walk in the parade or your family has a booth next to the 15km long route to watch the parade. It starts Friday and lasts until Tuesday with a different parade almost every day! We started of with the teenagers (18 different schools) on Friday evening to get into the mood. On Sunday was the major parade with about 25 different groups some of them with 800-1000 people per group. that basically lasted the whole day. I shot so many photos and could not get over those incredible costumes. On Monday we checked out the kids parade which was the cutest thing ever and on Tuesday was the official closing parade. The same line up as on Sunday but everyone worked lights into their costume, there were even more people watching and the most crazy thing of all was that I got a last minute chance to walk the parade as well.
Our amazing Curacao guide Kyara knew someone who was not able to attend on Tuesday and the incredible Curacao press team organized for me to get her costume, get it refitted (which wasn't even needed at the end) and even arranged for the matching show make up. We went to Chantilly who transformed my face into something unreal that I really loved and I wish I could achieve those results on my own. It also lasted almost 24 hours without changing a bit, regardless of the rain, the heat, the sweating, the dancing... I looked like I did in the morning - incredible! I also took some snap shots of the other boys and girls getting their look done!
I've always loved costumes but this one was more than I ever went for. Just that head piece (which made me almost two meters tall) was already incredible. Although it was so tight that I nearly fainted and I had to take it of half way through the parade it was worth it every second I got to wear it. The costume itself (which I got to take home by the way) was made with such detail and using all that holographic material that it felt like they made it to fit my personal taste. I even had the matching hand bag as I'm a huge fan of anything holographic.
The group I got to walk with was called "Estreno Mas Pikete" and was the largest one out there having a 1100 people dance, 3 bands performing, djs playing, a toilet truck that went along with the group in case you needed a bathroom in between, an air conditioned truck where you could get your costume fixed if anything happened and loads of people running around serving you drinks! UNREAL! It also made me forget that the whole route meant 15km of dancing. We started out at around 5pm and arrived back at the starting point around 3am. Definitely my work out session for that day!
That's all my carnival trivia for now, I think you can see I had the best time ever. A major thank you goes out to Kyara and Jelka for organizing everything and obviously to the Curacao Tourist organization that signed of on this craziness. Now just enjoy all the other incredible costumes. Most of these photos were taken Sunday and Monday as I was definitely too busy dancing on Tuesday!