Courtesy of: The Morning News
ORANJESTAD — Even those who are not dedicated fans of carnival and in general where waxing ecstatic over the costumes, floats and delightful ambiance of the Oranjestad Children’s Parade, which took over the town on Sunday, February 23.
Island youth from toddler through teens were gorgeously garbed for this 60th anniversary edition of Aruba’s Carnival, judged by many aficionados of the event to be the most elaborate in a decade.
Participating groups and their themes included Don Flip with “Carnival Fiestas,” TOB with “Goodnight and Sweet Dreams,” Baby Champagne and “The Magical World of Disney,” Little Groovers and “Groovy Celebration,” Jolly/Whiz Kids, who followed through on this year’s Diamond Jubilee them with “Shine Bright Like a Diamond,” and Deja Kids with “Celebration.” The group from Centro di Barrio Noord brought up the rear with several different themes and diverse costuming.
At the lead were Aruba’s Carnival Royalty, the Prins and Panchos of all ages, and the reigning Children’s Queen, the petite pixie Sheqayli Ascencion, resplendent in her gown and mounted on a stunning float.
We could wax on about how charming and adorable were all the youngsters as they danced through the streets, but we will let the pictures tell the story!