Yesterday was the 17th annual Caribbean Parade and Festival. Last year was the first year we went – because the parade passes by within walking distance of where we now live.
So, yesterday I slathered on the sunscreen and off we went.
There didn't seem to be as many flamboyant costumes as last year (the economy??) but the stilt walkers were there again and, as before, there was a lot of flesh on display amongst the proud and beautiful people.
This year there were metal barriers the length of the parade route (about 5 miles) because last year someone got run over by one of the trucks. It is a bit hard to see how this could happen given that the trucks are driving about a mile an hour, there is plenty of time to see them coming – and they are mighty big trucks…..
The barriers made it difficult to get close to those parading and they mostly walked/danced down the centre so I looked with envy at anyone with any sort of telephoto lens……
DC's Mayor Adrian Fenty walked along throwing out beads – a la Mardi Gras…
His Hummer followed in case he got tired…..
Then the fun began…. (you can see a larger version of any photo by clicking on it).
…These were the only heels I saw in this parade (it was a sensible shoes day):
It was a day of comings and goings: