Carnival in Guadeloupe
Carnival starts on Epiphany to end - it's a particularity on Guadeloupe - only on the evening of Ash Wednesday.
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From the beginning of January you can see, especially on week-ends, disguised groups rehearsing in the streets, singing, dancing, making collections between the passers-by to be able to finish their costumes.
These preparations culminate in the last "fat" days before Lent, when from Shrove Sunday to Ash Wednesday work rests and carnival is at its frenzy.
You can attend to beauty contests, parades by foot or floats, costume, dance or music contests, children's parades ...
Shrove Tuesday starts with morning parades for everyone in pajamas, followed by parades all day long and late dancing.
Ash Wednesday: on this last day of cheerfulness the streets are full of black and white he- and she-devils. The evening points the end of carnival with the "Grand brilé Vaval", cremation of King Carnival "Vaval" accompanied by the crowd's cries and wailings. The day ends with late dining and dancing, for the last time the Ti-Punch flows abundantly.
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