The J’Ouvert Parade and Breakfast Fete on Saturday was declared a resounding success by Batabano organizer Donna Myrie. Those willing to start a party at 4 a.m. were not disappointed when they showed up at the secret location, revealed only at midnight.

More than 400 muddied and painted masqueraders danced to music, wearing their provided T-shirts, backpacks courtesy of Appleton, and Batabano sunglasses. After working up a hearty appetite, they were treated to a full Caribbean breakfast, also included in the ticket price.

Soca music pumped from the speakers of a club-like mobile truck, complete with local DJs.

In an effort to keep the event incident-free and fun-filled, the police were present with a security company in tow.

“Kudos to everyone who made this such a great event,” says Myrie. “The highlight was dancing all muddied and experiencing daybreak with drinks in hand and your best friend by your side.”

J’Ouvert is one event of many associated with Batabano. The Junior Parade will be held on April 28, with Outta D Blue in George Town on May 4, featuring international artists, and the Adult Parade on May 5.

For tickets to Outta D Blue, visit www.eventpro.ky. General admission and VIP available.