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Sugar mas J’ouvert

January 9, 2012

J’ouvert is a large street party during Carnival in the eastern Caribbean region. J’ouvert is a contraction of the French jour ouvert, or dawn/day break. On St Kitts the celebration starts at 12am and ends at 12pm and involves calypso/soca bands and their followers dancing through the streets.

The traditions of J’ouvert vary widely throughout the Caribbean. One part of the tradition involves smearing paint, mud or oil on the bodies of participants known as “Jab Jabs”. While another tradition is the Red Devils Troupe. These people are a group of mostly women who dress up like devils and pay to get drinks, food and other things previous to the party.

To fully understand what this celebration is like, I found this video online from last year. (You need to skip to :45 seconds in).

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