Saturday, February 13, 2010

Feb 2010 Martinique - School Kids' Parade + Some Volcanic ash

There seem to be a number of Mardi-Gras prep events connected with the school - one of them is a parade - of course. Schools in towns all over the island each have their own version which happens on the last actual 'schoolday' before vacation - it's a party day, and some of the students just leave at lunch to be with their families. Others stay for the parade. At 2pm - It's. Hot. But the energy & music is pumped!
L'Ecole Dizac has a world theme this year, with classes representing various countries, the younger ones (K-3) are just majoring in cuteness. They dance through the streets of town for 1 1/2 hrs - past the town square, the church, Rue Barack Obama (which, I'm told, was immediately installed in Nov 2008)and back to the school - encouraged by parents & onlookers dancing & singing along.....

An interesting sidenote: we've been having some interesting MardiGras confetti - volcanic ash. The dome of volcano on Montserrat (about '3 islands north') collapsed a few days ago. There were no injuries that we've heard of, but the cloud of ash apparently shot some 50,000 feet into the air, and is being distributed on the crazy Caribbean winds. The whole island needs a major featherduster. (So, yes, I feel for you, California....)

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