Monday, July 26, 2010

In that previous post, I don't know what I did wrong but I was not able to get the caption to go along with the picture. This is the caption for those pictures here. There are two pictures of this amazing steel drum band. It was composed of all young people, teenagers, I don't know if was a community band or maybe from the High School, but they were awesome, played with no music and perfectly synchronized. The other picture, I believe it's actually the first one is of the "Mocko Jumbies", or stilt dancers. See the tall figures in black and white in the back of the picture. Jumbies are evil spirits. The Mocko (or fake) Jumbies are to scare the evil spirits away, of course, they keep their faces covered so the real Jumbies won't recognize them. They were really pretty cool, dancing and swaying up on those stilts.

This was at a celebration called "Jump Up". They have them 4 times a year down here. This one was to celebrate Alexander Hamilton Day, yeah, that's right, the guy on the $10 bill. He was born on Nevis and raised on St. Croix and here he has his own day. We went to the Jump Up and wandered around the streets where they had all sorts of vendors and incredible smelling food, we had eaten at home (trying to watch the $$$), next time I intend on sampling some.

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