In previous years I had always attended the Karneval der Kulturen parade as a spectator. I admired the trucks and costumes, danced in the streets and reveled with a million other faces on the sidelines.
This year was totally different.
By some stroke of luck or fate, my family and I were roped into walking the parade route with the Jamaican truck. Naturally I took pictures, while my cousin, dressed up as a Jamaican bobsledder and led the procession through the streets of Berlin. We danced, we waved, we complained of aching feet but we had an unforgettable day. The festivities were exceptionally hype at this year’s Karneval der Kulturen because we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence!!
My family visiting from Stuttgart and Dallas, Texas has no idea they would feel so at home in Berlin, Germany!! To feel so much acceptance and love so far from Jamaica made their visit all the more rememorable.
I would like to thank Barbara from Ya-Man restaurant in Moabit for inviting us to join the procession, it was a blast! To check out the hipster perspective on the Karneval der Kulturen check out this post from Travels of Adam.
More pictures from this year’s Karneval der Kulturen can be found on my facebook fan page!