St Helena Carnival 2016: Taking Flight
GIVE ME WINGS | Darrin Henry
There was string at St Helena Carnival 2016; sellotape, masking tape, safety pins, cable ties, wire, bendy plastic water piping; there were feathers, silky fabric, net curtains, cardboard, crepe paper, painted bed sheets and tin foil; and there was music and people and dogs and one float cum mobile band – but best of all, there was sunshine!
Here Comes The Sun
Welcome to St Helena Carnival 2016, fluttering through Jamestown on wings of all shapes and sizes following the theme of ‘Taking Flight.’ Colourful, happy and noisy.
We’ve just endured about two months or so of dreariness, otherwise known as a St Helena winter. Ok, not winter as some of my friends in UK keep reminding me they experience, but all the same, it’s not been fun.
But yesterday, the day before Carnival 2016 the sun finally made a sustained appearance and today it was back again! It seemed to raise everyone’s spirits and the mood was positively happy.
St Helena Carnival is a biennial event, organised to raise funds for a local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness.
St Helena Carnival Dancing Down The Street
This year organisers had made ‘Taking Flight’ the theme, after all, this was supposed to be the year (2016) that air travel came to St Helena. Although that’s not quite worked out as expected, still, ‘wings’ had been chosen and today that’s what we got. All shapes, sizes and colours.
Jamestown street parades are very much a part of St Helena culture; ‘dancing down the street’ as it’s often referred to. They take the mile long route beginning at the hospital and finishing on the sea front. There are the regulars; St Helena Day parade is in May and the traditional Christmas parades in December are always popular, especially the Festival of Lights, the only night parade. Then there are the one-off fund raisers and special events that also bring the colourful costumes onto the streets.
Today’s carnival brought the sun out. It was fantastic.
Here are a few pictures – enjoy!