Colourful end to bacchanal
BACCHANAL Jamaica's premiere event, The Conquest and Surrender Road March made its way through sections of the Corporate Area yesterday and brought a colourful end to the eight-week carnival season.
Thousands of revellers participated in the annual trek while an equal number lined the route to get a glimpse of the visual spectacle.
"The turnout for the road march can be summed up in one word, spectacular," Michael Ammar Jr, director of Bacchanal Jamaica told the Jamaica Observer.
Ammar Jr admitted that, despite the current economic climate, Bacchanal Jamaica was able retain its level of success. He credits this to the ability for carnival to provide an escape for its patrons. Another explanation for its success, according to the director, was the passion and hard work put into each event.
"This is more than business for us. We love carnival and I think it shows the best of Jamaican people each year," Ammar Jr said.
Yesterday's march began around noon with the costumed throngs making their way from Mas Camp up Mountain View Avenue. The colourful convoy then went along Hope Road to Trafalgar Road then on to East King's House Road, then Constant Spring. The return route began at Half-Way-Tree back to Mas Camp.
Along the way, the infectious soca music blaring from the branded trucks had everyone dancing up a storm.
Bystanders were not immune to the fever as they got in on the action as the procession passed their way. Those who did not wish to dance took in the beautiful sights of the carnival king and queen in their elaborate pieces.