Carnaval tropical de Paris 2009 – 4 Juillet 2009
Then we heard the drumbeats and then saw the colors and dancing figures as the fanfare approached. It came in flashy, energetic fits and spurts, the flamboyantly dressed participants jumping and dancing alongside lavish floats. The lively rhythms and beats of the marching bands kept the crowd smiling and cheering. The steamy hot summer day made it feel even more like the tropics! Colorful flags and banners heralded the groups of Caribbeans, South Americans, North & West Africans as well as Indonesians – a rich and colorful cultural mix of Parisians converging and celebrating their different cultural heritages. It reminded me of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the 4th of July!