|Go, go, go, go, go, gooooooo|
|Owners bring the goats to the track for the next race|
|The bugler tells us it's almost race time|
|See how they can get all bunched up on one side of the track|
|Old west cowboy - I don't know why|
|Fake Gun fight - I don't know why|
|?? They were handing out Easter eggs - Easter pimps?|
|Think Harlem Globetrotter but with only one guy and a soccer ball|
|It's Superman and Batman - of course it's blury, they are superheros|
|Showing the crowd the crabs used for the crab racing|
|Crab "chippin" - go go silly crab - No, not that way. The other way|
|Turns out crabs don't really go in a straight line|
|Getting race advice - "I going for Born To Run - I think he's going to win"|
|Jumping for bubbles from the big bubble machine is always fun|
|From across the track we watched this woman work ALL day making roti's and buss up's|
|She made gigantic roti skins on the big flat griddle on the left - yum|
|Sometimes the racing goats pulled the jockeys down the track towards the starting gate|
|GOoooo Flash Light - Winning goat|
|Racing Goats are tall|
|"Let's go already" says Mr Racing Goat - not his real name|
Upon exiting the Goat Racing stadium, we found a full street party gearing up. This was going to be massive. However, we were tired an decided it was time to head home. It took us a bit to get a P car, in the mean time more and more people were pouring into Bucoo. We got back to our boats around 23:00 and fell into solid Goat Racing sleep.
I don't know if we are oddballs or what because we were so excited to see the Goat Races. Wait.....yes I do....we are oddballs. Regardless, we thoroughly enjoyed the Tobago Goat Races. It was an absolute hoot. Both days. And while both days were different, we did see some themes carry through Day One and Day Two. Many locals and Trinidadians have made this an Easter tradition. Families, groups of families and groups of friends turned out to enjoy the events along with us tourists. And everyone really did enjoy it......being there IN the day. We saw very few people on their smart phones. Really! Even teens and kids seemed to be into the day vs texting. Really! It was shocking. I said it was a hoot (and it was) but actually the long history of these events gave it a deeper, authentic feel. Through this unusual two day event, we got a closer look at a rich, vibrant and varied culture.
Omg - I can't believe I almost forgot to tell you.....there was a racing goat both days called Obama. Yes! And I know there are some of you that want to input a bunch of political jokes here. Don't. Keep them to yourselves. While I agree a goat named Obama is worth at least a smile or a small giggle, I am not publishing those types of comments. I thought it was pretty cool.