Many individuals spent their time at the beach or at home on August 1, but for some residents of Gros Islet, the sole focus was the Emancipation Day jump up.
The first set of revellers appeared at the crack of dawn for a j’ouvert celebration. From 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. they played mas, and some would hit the road later for a second round.
At 10:00 a.m. the kiddies arrived in their colourful costumes for their version of mas and at 12:00 noon it came to an end, but it was enough for the young revellers who enjoyed their second taste of carnival. The Gros Islet Kiddies also participated in Kiddies Carnival which was held earlier this year, where their unique costumes impressed many, and in the end the kidswalked away with the second place prize.
The final round of the main event commenced at 1:00 p.m. Revellers were eager to participate in this one day jump up, where they would surely have the time of their lives. They danced for hours in their t-shirts and costumes, making sure that they left their mark in the town. A number of spectators looked on with interest as the revellers enjoyed carnival, some wishing they could join in then.
It was a ‘Wild’ parade; Mantius’ hit single inspired many to jump with bush in hand (a new trend at local parties) and they did so proudly, waving their bush for all to see.
The four bands made the best out of the time they were given and after hours of jamming around the town, the carnival came to an end at 5:00 p.m.