Carnival is a great time of year and there are events for two weeks leading up to carnival. I tried to attend most of them, including J’Ouvert – which starts about 4 in the morning. Loud music, groups of people in costumes marching (they use the word chipping) down the street, some with painted faces, some covered in oil (yes, motor oil), and some with mud on them. We were told it was a “special” clean mud. Part of the fun of this event is knowing that sooner or later you will get mud, paint or oil (or all of it) on yourself. Everyone has been warned in advance, so we always wore clothes that were close to being rags anyway.