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March 25, 2014
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Hope Gardens brought to life by Revellers
Curtis Campbell, Star Writer


Scenes from Sunset Cocoa J'ouvert at Hope Gardens, Old Hope Road, on Saturday. - photographs by Winston Sill

The usually quiet Hope Gardens buzzed with excitement last Saturday as thousands of patrons turned out in support of Sunset Cocoa J'Ouvert, which was being staged for the first time.

The event started as early as 7:30 p.m. and saw patrons decorating themselves with paint and chocolate as they pranced and danced to the best soca music the Caribbean has to offer.

DJ Richie Ras was on the wheels of steel and he kept the vibes going by playing songs like Lil Rick's Guh Dung and Stranger by Farmer Nappy, among others, until the organisers were ready for the highly anticipated road march.

The road march commenced after 8 p.m., led by huge trucks bearing liquor and revellers. The darkness that merely added to the uniqueness of this particular party, as traditionally. Jamaican carnival road marches are usually scheduled for daylight. Noticeably, the promoters were very careful by using bouncers to protect the revellers, as well as giving instructions for their safety at intervals.

The march started inside Hope Gardens and moved on to Old Hope Road at 10:30 p.m. Many motorists stopped to view the spectacle of scantily clad women gyrating with liquor in hand, as Caribbean music pumped from the speakers of beautifully lit trucks.

Among the revellers were Grammy Award-winning dancehall artiste Sean Paul and Entertainment State Minister Damian Crawford. The event concluded at midnight at the centre of the park with one last mass party. There were also performances from top soca artistes and Major Lazer's Walsy Fire.



Scenes from Sunset Cocoa J'ouvert at Hope Gardens, Old Hope Road, on Saturday. - photographs by Winston Sill

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