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By Justin Elliott

Twenty-five years ago a few good friends decided to bring “Mas” to the streets of Kingston for all to enjoy. For years they had participated in Trinidad Carnival and longed to share this experience with the people of Jamaica.

Many thought they were crazy and some openly opposed their efforts. After months of working on costumes every night, planning and organizing, “The Oakridge Boys” presented the first Mas, “Paradise”, with more than 300 revelers bursting onto the streets of Kingston, on that bright Sunday morning in 1989. There were fabulous costumes, loud pulsating music, beautiful people and, for the first time in Caribbean mas, an all-inclusive mobile bar accompanying the revelers. Carnival in Jamaica was born.

This past weekend was the 25th Anniversary of Bacchanal Jamaica. Thousands of people from all over the world flocked to the island to enjoy the festivities. Here are some pictures from the parade taken by Dwayne Watkin a very talented photographer from the island.

For photos visit Dwaynewatkins.com

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