J'ouvert - Brooklyn, 2017

J’ouvert, the French word for 'Day Break' is a celebration that starts early in the morning before sunrise, and continues a few hours after the sun comes up.  It continues and extends a Caribbean tradition from slavery times when slaves created their own party to both mimic and mock the slaveowner masquerade balls they were excluded from.  In Brooklyn, J’ouvert blends over into the much larger ‘Pretty Mas' Carnival of the West Indian Day Parade with it’s feathered floats and participants.  



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