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Party time: dancers put on a colourful display during the Revel De Road procession (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Carnival events drew crowds from the island and overseas as partygoers and music lovers came together for a weekend of celebrations.

Four days of events, including open-air concerts and a raft-up, culminated in a procession throughout this afternoon and into this evening.

Masqueraders who took part in Revel De Road made their way through parts of Pembroke, Devonshire and the City of Hamilton before they gathered at Bernard Park for one final party.

Marshalle Augustus, from Devonshire, looked on from Cedar Avenue with her husband, David.

She said: “It’s a very relaxing day. Everybody’s on point and relaxed.

“We come every year, although this is the first time we’ve watched it from this spot. The only thing is, it’s too long.”

Noting that there were fewer spectators than she had expected, Ms Augustus said: “Maybe this afternoon there’ll be more because, after last night or this morning’s party everybody has probably overslept.”

Dancing in the street: exotic costumes filled the streets with colour (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Another resident who soaked up the atmosphere was Michelle Campbell.

She said: “It’s great weather, great music, great fun, just the perfect vibe. This is a wonderful end to a great weekend.”

By noon, residents and visitors lined the roadsides as the carnival procession snaked its way from Dutton Avenue and proceeded down Palmetto Road before halting on North Shore Road next to Palmetto Park.

After a break, dancers and bands completed a second leg late in the afternoon, starting on North Shore Road and heading into the city via Blackwatch Pass and Marsh Folly Road.

Scott Sharpe sailed to Bermuda from his home in North Carolina in his own boat last week.

A first-time visitor to the island, Mr Sharpe, 56, said: “We sailed into St George and explored the Olde Towne a little bit and now we’re over to this part of the island and just found out that carnival is on, which is awesome.

“I went to the white party last night which was phenomenal. Super people — everybody was super nice. But I didn’t know anything about it.

“I just walked over to Queen Elizabeth Park and all these guys were setting up the stage and I just started chit-chatting with them and the next thing you know they said they could get me a ticket.

“They said that they wanted visitors to come and so got me a ticket. How’s that for Bermuda spirit?

“When I showed up, all the guys that were working the sounds and the lights, they remembered me and walked me around and introduced me to people — it was just a phenomenal experience. Probably the biggest party of the year.”

That’s the spirit: a spectator shows off some of his own moves as he joins in the fun (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published June 18, 2024 at 7:57 am (Updated June 18, 2024 at 8:40 am)

Carnival procession caps weekend of celebration

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