J’Ouvert Road Parade
April 22, 2017 4:00 am George Town
Cayman Islands

 

 

 

All Inclusive package includes

  • Drinks (including alcohol)
  • Cayman Breakfast
  • Jouvert T- shirt
  • Shades
  • Waver
  • Mud and paint

HISTORY OF J’OUVERT

J’Ouvert is a highly traditional festivity, full of symbols, culture and heritage. It is steeped in tradition and playing mud mas involves participants known as Jab Jabs covering themselves – from head to toe – and others in paint, chocolate, mud, white powder or anything for that matter. It is J’ouvert custom that everybody gets involved and it’s very common to see a newcomer being hugged by a muddy reveler.
The name J’Ouvert originates from the French jour ouvert, meaning day break or morning, and signals the start of the bacchanalia that is Carnival. It is inseparable from Carnival and has had many influences. People from Africa, Britain, France, India, Spain and many other ethnic groups have all left an indelible mark.
The traditions  vary widely throughout the Caribbean. On the islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia,Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Haiti, participants celebrate by blowing flutes and conch shells or by beating goat skin drums, irons or bamboo sticks while singing folk songs.
The roots of J’Ouvert go back 200 years, with the arrival of French plantation owners to the Caribbean. J’Ouvert evolved from the Canboulay festivals in the 1800’s, which were night time celebrations where the landowners dressed up and imitated the negres jardins (garden slaves). Following emancipation the newly freed slaves took over canboulay, now imitating their former masters imitating them.
Canboulay revellers, who carried lighted cane torches, were seen as a potential risk by the authorities, and the tension mounted leading to the Canboulay riots. It was eventually banned, and then was re established as J’Ouvert.