Everybody loves a parade

dancer in Christmas festival parade

Parade dancer -- 2010

These images are part of a larger series from this year’s festival parade in Frederiksted. Fortunately, we arrived in Frederiksted about two hours after the parade was scheduled to begin, and only had to wait an additional hour. When we left some time later, people were still arriving with their chairs and coolers. I understand the festivities went well into the night. You would think I would eventually learn the rhythm of the place. By the time I do, I’ll probably no longer have the stamina to participate!

The first image is from a dance troupe celebrating their African heritage. While the costumes may not have been as large or colorful as some of the more traditional carnival-like troupes to come later, I thought the group’s costumes and dance were especially interesting and heartfelt. The bottom image is of one of the several groups of young majorettes on the island. The blue velveteen uniforms glowing in the sun formed a striking band of blue as the young women lined up to march further down the street.

Blue majorettes in Frederiksted

Blue Majorettes -- 2010

6 Comments on “Everybody loves a parade

  1. Whilst I like these images, I can’t help but think that the bottom shot could even be more abstract. The colour is so intense and discordant, it’s almost as though you’ve resisted channelling Rothko……. if he’d ever taken some happy pills, that is.

  2. Thanks, razzbuffnik. Rothko on happy pills, huh? As a matter of fact, I chose this image because of its abstract blocks-of-color qualities. For some reason I resisted going further in that direction… perhaps fear of losing portions of my local audience. It is an interesting idea, though, to work up a whole series of more abstract images from an event like this.

  3. It is the man’s expression in the top one that is all the intensity one needs. It’s funny with all the Tothko talk here cuz I went into Boston last week with my 50mm set at the closest focal distance and deliberately shot just blocks of color and movement. In another life, I was totally abstract!

  4. Thanks, Pat… I think I caught the man at a key moment in his dance. So you’ve got a folder full of Rothko-photos! Motion works good for that, too, as you well know — although the motion tends to be streaky and swirly rather than blobby.

  5. these two, while both depicting a subject of ceremony, are quite different and yet they work so well together. The expression of the parade dancer at the top, as pat said, is as intense as the shining dagger that seems so bright and sharp and powerful. yet it stays open to settle into the warmth of the color and the rhythm of the patterns(you can almost hear drums)
    the colors in blue majorettes is exquisite and it has a different (again) sort of abstract movement. those colors are so alive and vivid, and yet they are delicately contained within the shadings and textures, really remarkable

  6. Yes tipota. I wanted to capture the main dancer’s expression along with the graceful motion of the dancer behind him. And of course, the colors, always there. You’ve picked up on that key to the majorettes, too –the rich brilliant hues “delicately contained”. I also liked the narrative of the woman and girl, backs to each other, and the church-like shapes of the blurred buildings in the background. Thanks!

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