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2013 Hartford West Indian Celebration Parade

2013 Hartford West Indian Celebration Parade
Masqueraders in the parade (photos by Ossie Channer). Large photo on right, Hon. Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor City of Hartford, Connecticut  and Hartford resident (photo by Leroy Photo and Video)

For a change of scenery, I attended the Hartford West Indian Celebration Parade to immerse myself in my culture. In order to truly enjoy the celebratory events of any Caribbean street festival, especially ones dominated by soca, calypso and dancehall music, you can’t be shy or reserved.

Shy and reserved, are my middle names and it took some liquid courage to get me to break out of my shell a bit. I should have stopped after that first cup of Hennessey though, because that “tip” of Jamaican white rum in my fruit punch brought out the Natasha that only comes out when I am far away from home where I know no-one will ever see me again. Here are some highlights from the carnival parade. 

2013 Hartford West Indian Celebration Parade
Photos by Leroy Photos and Video
Hartford West Indian Celebration Parade
Photo by Ossie Channer
Hartford West Indian Celebration Parade
More masqueraders carrying on and getting on bad! (Photos by Ossie Channer)
Onewomanstyle Hartford West Indian Celebration Parade
Heading home after the parade and concert. (Photo by Ossie Channer)


I needed something green and black to rep my flag (Jamaica) and I opted for my leather shorts and this green 2x top that I picked up on the deep discount rack at the Rainbows discount chain earlier that day.  At one point I was wearing an Energy Radio t-shirt that was strategically sliced up to help with ventilation of the heat from the generator that sat in the middle of the truck and the unforgiving sun which seemed a lot hotter than the predicted high of 80 degrees.

But after the 2 hour ride down a 1 mile stretch, I ran to my office and changed back into this. I was glad that the fabric was thick, because after the mild day, the cool August evening breeze caught us all off guard while we were sprawled out on the lawn of the Connecticut state capital to take in the performers  in Bushnell Park.

It was a great event! I really had fun and I am looking forward to next year’s event.

XoXo, Natasha

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  1. Sounds like such a great event that will leave with you with a handful of memories. I love your shorts in the picture above!

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    • Hi Arelis. I was just on your blog today. I think I got there through a post on BLM Girls. I know, I am sorry, I am a habitual lurker, but that’s because sometimes I click on links and land on blogs while I am at work. (-: Thanks for the compliments on the shorts. I bought these a while back from Asos (before leather was in).

  2. I love all the colors! I hope I can make it next year.

    • Hi Jess. It’s a really great event and attraction for the city. I hope that it will continue to grow to the point where it will also include participants who are not from the Caribbean. (-:

  3. Great recap and Ossie’s pictures are beautiful. That little girl in pink is ADORABLE! And, of course, you were rockin’ the parade yourself!

    • Thanks Bonnie. He spent the entire day taking photographs and video of the event. Yep, I rocked the parade alright with a little help from my friends Hennessey and J Wray and Nephew. (-:

  4. Wonderful post celebrating heritage and culture in Hartford!

    • Thanks Timothy. I really like covering these kinds of things, not because its part of my culture, but to let people know that good things can and do happen in Hartford. (-:

  5. Looks like fun! Love the outfit! Now I want some oxtail and cocobread though!! 😀
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  6. looks like a great time- love all the vibrant colors.

    weren’t the leather shorts (which look fabulous) kinda hot too?
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  7. Love your t-shirt! The masqueraders look like they were getting it in, lol! There’s a Jerk festival in Bridgeport this weekend as well I believe- must be the season!
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    • I TOTALLY forgot about the jerk festival in Bridgeport this past weekend. I’ve always wanted to check it. Yes, a lot Caribbean events are held around Trinidad’s and Jamaican’s independence days and of course during the summer when there is weather that reminds us of back home.

  8. I want to go to the parade one of these years, I’ve been saying that for too long!! Looks like such a festive atmosphere and I love the colorful costumes and outfits.