Suriname blasted and partied the old away

Suriname closed off 2010 like only Suriname can close off an old year.

As it does annually, the country exploded from early on December 31st, to rock until the wee hours of the morning on January 1st 2011.

Imagine a week of Caribbean Carnival,  with parties abound, molded and jampacked to fit into one day. Food, drinks, fun, fun-loving people, jamming and rocking to captivating beats. In the midst of it all: the unique pagara relay: strings of firecrackers lined on the streets in the heart of Paramaribo and lit at midday … a loud crescendo of bangs and smoke that slowly crawled over the streets, cheered on by onlookers, as businesses said goodbye to the old.

Hailed as one of the top places to be at year-end, Suriname truly rocked with its biggest party of the year. The next day, as the New Year dawned, all that was left to do was the task of sweeping the old –the trash and the snippets of the firecrackers– away.

Suriname is ready for 2011! Photojournalist Hedwig “PLU” de  la Fuente shares with us what his camera snapped: pictures that speak thousands of words …