A few weeks ago it was Carnival. They take it seriously here. We were told there was a pajama parade at 4 a.m. in San Nicolaas. We figured life is short, so we went and took a few pictures. The main parade was to start in the afternoon at 2 p.m. We went about 4 p.m. to a place near the end of the parade route. After watching for an hour or so, we left. It was all the enjoyment we could tolerate at one time. So, here are a few pictures.
There didn't seem to be a pajama parade, but there was a crowd.
Besides all the crazy people, there was lots of loud music.
And here are a few pictures from the afternoon parade:
Notice all the drinks? I was kindly offered a couple too.
We saw a few nice looking floats.
Then we saw the power behind the floats.
This group represents the small owls that are found on the Island.
Each group had lots of people in them.
Apparently, anyone who wanted to be in a Carnival group, could be.
(And yes, that is a beer in her hand. It was hot, and they said it took three hours to walk the route.)
Entry requirements were only limited by desire.
(Lower left, a very common scene.)
But the costumes were fancy and elaborate.
This group represented the natives that once lived on the Island.
Like this picture, you always try to stay in the background, but we still notice your gentle kindness anyway. You care about family and family traditions, you care about the gospel, you are kind to your fellow man, and you will go above and beyond to make sure no one goes wanting.
We especially appreciate you last year for your calming spirit. You were there as great grandma was making her earthly transition. You took time off when there was no vacation left to sit with her and soothe her aches by touching her forehead. She said she needed your calming spirit, and you were there. Hour after hour. We can't tell you how much that was appreciated. Thank you is all we can think to say.
We appreciate how gentle you are with all your children, your nieces and nephews, and your friends' children. They love being around Uncle Jell-o.
Thanks for helping us move when you were working so much overtime. We appreciate all that you do. It's usually done in secret, and you are usually in the background, but we appreciate your quiet support.
Happy Birthday, and this saying is a family tradition, "You are very old."
We love you very much. We hope you have a wonderful 8th birthday!
We like that you love your remote controls. We've seen them in your hand since you were six months old! The great thing about those remotes is that you knew how to use them from close to the age you were in this picture! You have been a computer genius almost since you were born!
We love that you are a very kind, loving young man with a very tender heart. We love how much you care about things. We love that you love your family very much. We love your smart brain and your good looks!
You were our family's miracle baby, and we are so glad you are here. We love you more than anything we can think of. Have the best birthday ever!