Last weekend was the celebration of Altagracia, the patron saint of Dominica. In her honour, the usual carnival festivities were observed, including marching bands, a carnival queen, blaring music, and a truly dangerous-looking funfair.
The big wheel looked like it was made out of meccano. The few remaining stirrups on the merry-go-round horses looked scarily like butchers hooks. Safety harnesses were only notable by their absence.
I took a few photos of the big wheel, the merry-go-round, pirate-ship and other such fairground favourites. With hearts in mouths we let the kids go on the least dangerous looking ride, and came away with only one injury – when Katie got her leg stuck up to the knee between the rough wooden planks that formed the base of the merry-go-round (luckily as she was dismounting her steed after the ride had stopped). Kids will be kids though, and they certainly seemed to enjoy the ride.
I shall leave it to you to draw your own conclusions – and maybe I’m just being too Gringo, but how any of the local children get beyond their early years is increasingly a mystery to me.