Yesterday was the 18th annual Caribbean Parade here in DC.
The first parade featured 9 bands and approximately 150,000 spectators .. now there are 25 bands and, according to Washington Metro Police, over 300,000 spectators! To date all the participating groups in the parade and two day festival have been local to our area though spectators come from all around:
By the time they get to our street they've already walked or danced nearly 5 miles. Officially it was 95 degrees yesterday though my outdoor thermometer (about 5 miles away from the "official" thermometer) said it was 100. According to the Washington Post today 31 parade participants were carted off to hospital with "heat related illnesses" over the course of the 6 mile long parade. The parade lasts 4 or 5 hours but I could only stand the heat for 2 hours so I missed a lot of participants this year.
I bet that given the heat, some of the participants wished they'd left some feathers home this year:
This girl is whiter than me! I had SPF 50 sunscreen on me – I hope she did too! I wish I'd had an umbrella but between the camera and a large bottle of water I would not have been able to hold one. (Where is the manservant when I need him? – Australia!):
This place was doing a brisk trade while people waited for the parade to appear:
The liquor store was closed! They must've thought they would "lose" more than they would sell…
It was too early for The House to be open but there was plenty of flesh out on the street – Happy Hour – isn't every hour at a strip club a happy hour:
The Mayor of Washington DC - Adrian Fenty (bald guy) – it's an election year so he was trying to shake as many hands as possible – this slowed the parade down considerably:
This person must have been hot!
I hope this young pregnant lady was not one of those overcome by heat:
Everything was wonderfully bright and noisy: