Adult Mash was yesterday and it was glitter-tastic! We started the afternoon by assembling the three floats, Education, Health and Admin at the bottom of the Mabaruma hill. Each department had its own elaborate costume, music and band (which is the group of people behind the float that dances). Nate was part of the Department of Education’s band and I was part of the Department of Health’s band. We began by dancing up the hill to the Recreational park, which is normally just a 20 minute walk, but because we stopped so many times to dance and be judged it took about 3 ½ hrs. Needless to say, we were exhausted by the time we got to the park. Once at the park the three floats were judged and then we had food and all the drinks you can imagine provided for us. Education won first prize and health…well we came in last place. Once the prizes were given out, we danced and drank into the wee hours of the night.
Our Mash is a very small production of what happens in town. In town the parade lasts for 5-6 hours and there are thousands of people and hundreds of individual and group costumes. You can barely walk in town on the day of Mash, because people from all over the country come to celebrate.
Today, we are still finding glitter all over our bodies and house, even though we have scrubbed and swept at least a few times. I am sure we will continue to find glitter in places we didn’t even think could get glitter-fied. We had a blast. Maybe next time we will venture into town and see the real deal.