Curacao’s tumba music has become the major influence since the island’s people took the reins of carnival from the elite. Considering the history of colonisation by Holland, expect to see a Dutch flavour mixed with the ingredients of the pre-Lenten events seen in other Caribbean island: J’Ouvert, kids and adults’ parades, masquerade and music trucks. Seen uniquely here are Prince and Pancho, vestiges of medieval European characters modernised for the culture of Curacao. Carnival Queens on decorated carriages are a highlight of Carnival Sunday’s ‘Gran Marcha’ (The Great March). After the ‘Marcha di Despedida’ (Farewell March), a crowd watch a firework show which sees the burning of Rei Momo (King Momo). Representing the sins to be cleansed by Lenten fasting, the effigy is set ablaze the day before Ash Wednesday, when the carnival ends.
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