|Group Rock D Boat J'ouvert costume|
|Rock D Boat info sheet|
|Times and route for this group|
|Before Sarah, Anna, Sarah and me|
The roots of J'ouvert in Trinidad go back 200 years, with the arrival of French plantation owners. The French never colonized Trinidad, however elements of their culture remained. J’ouvert evolved from the Canboulay festivals in the 1800’s, which were night time celebrations where the landowners dressed up and imitated the negres jardins (garden slaves). Following emancipation the newly freed slaves took over canboulay, now imitating their former masters imitating them.
|Making short on Anna - good for chipping|
Canboulay revellers, who carried lighted cane torches, were seen as a potential risk by the authorities, and the tension mounted leading to the Canboulay riots. It was eventually banned, and then was re established as Jouvert.
|sv Giraffe - Anna Chipping|
|David and Sarha sv Capt|
|sv Cape - Bryn|
|Crew of sv Cape|
|sv Libertine Sarah and Terry, Tom and me - after waiting for our ride home|
|Me, Sarah, Anna, Peter and Wayne - After|
|Jean Louis - After|
|Ann (Sv Receta) part of the Coco Group|
|Ann (sv Receta) and Debbie (sv Taka Trois) coco girls|
It was an unique, interesting and fun event. I am glad we took part.
|AFTER -Front of my J'ouvert costume|
|AFTER - Back of my J'ouvert costume|
*Historical information about J'ouvert came from this web site
*Special thanks to Sarah on sv Cape for her pics and whoever took the pics of Ann and Debbie.