What a weekend!
We've hardly been home except to sleep for the last few days - meeting with friends, following the various Carnival events etc. We're in need of a couple of days rest now and I hope to catch up with emails/Blogs etc this week.
I have never been able to use the Flash facility on my camera and had assumed that the camera was clever enough to cope without. However, David did a bit of research and found that other users of this model had the same problem which was resolved by taking the camera back to 'factory settings' ... he did this and I can now use flash again - sadly we found out too late for the main Carnival Procession on Saturday evening so the pictures I took aren't best quality.
But I think photos can't do justice to the event anyway, you really have to be there to experience the sights and sounds - so much drumming (they do like their drumming groups out here on Fuerteventura) and really, clever as the Floats are, I much prefer looking at the people on the street having fun.
Despite all the doom and gloom about the economic climate, they put on a fantastic show. I think the floats may have been less 'flamboyant' this year but there were many more people attending and the parade took about 4 hours to travel the length of the main High Street. Austerity measures meant that despite this year's theme being 'Caribbean' the thrifty locals were dressing up in whatever outfits they had to hand from previous events - it all added to the fun though.
(Sunday/yesterday evening) was the Burning of the Sardine parade with fireworks on the beach and, again, much drumming and drama ...
but whilst I sort out my photos, here are a few that aren't 'too fuzzy' from the big Carnival Parade on Saturday evening
making an escape bid from Mum ...