Soca Warrior Dame Lorraine Riding A Donkey

From mocking the French aristocracy from the 18th century, this contemporary Dame Lorraine is in the 21st century by mocking (with pride) the World Cup 2006 Trinidad and Tobago National football team called the Soca Warriors.


I salute the Soca Warriors – Dame Lorraine

Just before this still was taken, Joan Harding was tackling and body swerving a football in the open field at Victoria Square, Port of Spain. Fast and swift, thebookmann could not capture her moves. In tribute to the Soca Warriors, she is actually a traditional Carnival character called the Dame Lorraine, and underneath her ring hooped skirt, she is wearing football shoes and socks.


The Dame Lorraine portrayed by Peter Minshall and correctly so by men rather than women. See the prelude to his Carnival Band “Sacred Heart,” at the Grand Stand, Carnival Tuesday 2006


June Sankar resting on pillows after a performance at Victoria Square, Trinidad and Tobago

The Dame Lorraine costume is emphasized by the physical characteristics of the female’s derrière. This is helped with padded pillows, and only the Caribbean woman as June Sankar says, can carry and deliver the swing of the hip to exaggerate the dance movement of the skirt.


“I salute the Soca Warriors” in “I bring you flowers,” a Burrokeet – Joan Harding jumping from costume to costume.

The Burrokeet is derived from the Spanish word burroquito, (little donkey) and is constructed to give the illusion of a dancer riding a small donkey. This is one of thebookmann’s favorite traditional Carnival costumes. The masquerader enters through a hole at the back of the donkey’s neck and carries the reins in her hands. This creates the illusion that she is its rider. The body of the donkey is covered with a long skirt satin skirt with a sisal tail, sometimes decorated with flowers. The bit and bridle are made of coloured cord. The rider wears a satin skirt and a large matador straw hat and dances in a way that mimics  the antics of a donkey. (Elements of the text from the Heritage Library of Trinidad and Tobago)

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