A parade isn’t a parade without music. The great Kandy Perahera starts with the whip crackers demanding attention and then all – dignitaries, dancers, and the elephants* – process to the irresistible rhythms of pipe and drum.
* I’ve seen a couple of show-off elephants actually dancing as they process – wowing the crowds as only a brightly lit mountain can!
I was so glad to see Jake and his Sunday Post challenges back. it’s taken too long to participate, but this week’s With Musical Instrument was un-missable – even if it’s taken most of the week to decide which shots to include.
What wonderful color and movement and light! You’ve captured a feeling that I’m sure most of us can only imagine.
How exciting! I would love to have been there.
Ah, magic moments captured so well.
Wonderful images, Meredith. You’ve really captured the excitement of the occasion. Dancing, brightly-lit elephants must be quite a spectacle. 🙂
Brilliant shots Marianne. It’s easy to forget just what an influence The Moors had on Spain.I’m guessing that this parade is their influence?
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
a sumptuous post Meredith … oh to see a dancing illuminated mountain!
Whoo- hoo! Happy Easter, Meredith 🙂
What a great musical show ,,,,Thanks for posting my friend 🙂
Wonderful images, that bring the celebration (whatever it was) to life. Well done !
Wonderful! Wonderful! I can almost hear the music. It makes me want to dance.
It does – standing, watching, it’s impossible to have still feet! Happy Easter, Michelle 🙂
Such a joyful parade! Wow, the elephant!
A parade’s not a perahera without an elephant! 🙂
Meredith, I can here the music -what a joyful occasion that was.
Terrific photos! That had to be an amazing experience!
Thank for taking me along.
I love the colors and light in these photos! Being there must have been a magical experience.
Meredith this is one of my all time favourite post of yours. The colour, the lighting and the movement are beautifully captured.
Meredith this is incredible, I’m so glad you posted about this magical time.
Great photos, full of color and movement, I’m really glad you got these great shots, it must have been a wonderful time!
Beautiful, Meredith, your photos skillfully capturing the movement of the participants. It’s as if this challenge was given with you in mind — and you certainly didn’t disappoint. 🙂
Looks like a fairy tale.
What a fabulous party!
Thanks Patti. The Perahera is all that and more – and goes on every night for a fortnight!
What gorgeous photos. What a cool festival to be part of.
This is a great series of shots–spectacular! I love the color, the light, the action, and all the tradition and culture captured in these shots.