Sunday, February 26, 2006

I salute the Soca Warriors

I salute the Soca Warriors

Joan Harding as a Dame Lorraine at Victoria Square,Trinidad, 2006

Derived from slaves mocking the French aristocracy from the 18th century, this contemporary Dame Lorraine is in the 21st century and this time she is by mocking T
rinidad and Tobago's national football team, the Soca Warriors as they take part in the World Cup later this June.

A Soca Warrior ready of Germany, 2006

And just before this photograph was taken, Joan Harding was tackling and body swerving a football into a open field. Fast and swift, she could not be captured in time. The Dame Lorraine is a Traditional Carnival character and beneath her ring hooped skirt, Harding was wearing a pair of football tugs and matching socks.

The Dame Lorraine costume is emphasized by the physical characteristics of the female derrière. This is helped by padded pillows, and only the Caribbean woman can deliver the swing that exaggerates the movement of the skirt.

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