|On the right is a portrait of Aurelio Martinez, a Garifuna musician from Honduras who would be playing later in the evening.|
|A portrait of our friend, the late, great, Jess Flores, a famous Garifuna musican from Belize.|
|We headed over to a booth that demonstrated the making of cassava bread, a local specialty that Cara likes.|
|Sweet cassava (on the right) and bitter cassava (on the left) are both peeled and used in the |
making of cassava bread. Cassava is a root.
|After being peeled and rinsed, the cassava is grated on a special board.|
|The grated cassava is gathered up...|
|The drained cassava comes out of the tube in cylinders like this.|
|The drained cassava cylinders are then sifted through a special woven device.|
|After sifting the cassava flour looks like this.|
|Here is some flat cassava bread being baked over an open fire.|
|Sabal's Food Products was selling several flavors of cassava bread, cassava flour, and a couple of drinks made from cassava.|
|We heard there was stuff going on nearby at Queen Bean Restaurant, so we went there to check it out.|
|There were several people chilling out, listening to the music, and enjoying a beautiful day on the beach.|
|There was a food booth set up, as well as booths for beer and mixed drinks.|
We hung out for a little bit, then went home in hopes of taking naps to prepare for the all-night party that is Parranda Fest. Cara got a nap, but Eric did not.
|Normally you don't even bother going to a concert before midnight, but this year they were starting earlier and trying to stay |
on schedule, so we headed over at about 8:30 pm. This is Mayan Parrandero, one of the first bands to play.
|Garifuna Collective, an awesome band - they have toured internationally and played at the New Orleans Jazz Fest last year.|
|Some people sat on the small stage at the back. (This stage is always there, the big one was set up just for the event.)|
|Zero Tolerance band with their tribute to Jess Flores. The two women at the front of the stage holding portraits of Jess are his |
daughter and wife. The young boy in the middle playing the shakas is Jess' son, Pappy.
|The power went out around midnight. Eric tried to hold on, but he got tired and went home. Cara stayed, and after a little bit |
someone set off some fireworks.
|Not sure if the fireworks were planned for later, or just improvised to keep the crowd entertained.|
|At one point they got a generator to run some lights on the stage, but they couldn't run the microphone. Some acoustic music |
(without the singer) came from the stage, but it didn't last long.
|Our friend, Ant, the photobomber.|
|Finally around 3 am the power came back on and the concert started again with Aurelio Martinez.|
|Unfortunately, a lot of performances were cut short because of the power delay.|
|Cara and Emma, hanging on until morning...|
|Aurelio Martinez with the Garifuna Collective|
|Aziatic backed by the Griga Boys|
|Cara caught a ride home with Emma around 6:30 am, just before the concert wrapped up. They stopped at the public pier to|
see the sunrise.
|Emma got a photo of Cara taking a picture of the sunrise.|
|Cara got a picture of Emma greeting the day.|