I just came back from the first night of the 24/7 event. Wow, I have roamed on the over crowded streets of Port Louis for more than 3.5 hours!
Early this morning, I already spotted a few long vehicles which were being decorated in Champs de Mars.
My twitter friends will of course remember, I have been twittering abt this lol! Though they were not exceptionally attractive, they did attract loads of people late in the evening round 1830hrs when the procession left Champs de Mars for the Municipality.
The Police Band, Fire Brigade, Radio Plus, Chinese Dragon groups, “Cracheurs de feu”, Old Volswagen vehicles, Mobile Bibliotheque Van, motocycles and musical groups were part of this procession.
Later, those long vehicles drove around in Port Louis, and they rouse the interest of people… Including me!
I parked my car somewhere in the streets of Port Louis, which were highly guarded by police officers. I walked along the streets and was later joined by Ashvin and Aum. After 2 beers each (in Caudan), we set off again to look for food and check out the new “night life” of Port Louis.
At 8pm, fireworks marked the official opening of the 24/7 event. Immediately, artists started to perform on the different stages which were in front of the Municipal Council, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis Waterfront and Jardin de la compagnie.
We were impressed by the liveliness and excitement that people showed on the streets. Some areas were overcrowded, others less… Some roads had quite loads of people selling food and other stuff while a few were desert. Some roads had nice attractions like roller skates demos while on some roads (in front of Bramer Bank), a person was performing live with his guitar.
Other interesting points were the MCB HQ with live performance of artists and loads of people were gathered in front of the DCL Shop (near Places D’armes) because of the presence of 2 guys (with whole body painted and doing statue-like positions)!
Just before some mins of rain, we enjoyed a demo session of a group of youngsters doing stunts while being equipped with rollers and cycles!
Here are some amazing shots!
Another impressive show was the “Dragon Dance”.
Finally, we had to walk till Plaine Verte to find some briani, but alas, no “Briani Dek” was seen! We were compelled to eat BBQ, which was nice too.
Reached home around 2330. Nearly 2am, time to go to sleep now…
Have a nice weekend friends, and don’t forget to participate in the 24/7 event!