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    Avondvierdaagse (AVD)


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Ingrid Moesan is a professional photographer in Paramaribo, Suriname, and shot these photos on April 10 and 11, 2015. Her friend, Cindy Miranda, wrote the text. See more of Moesan's work on Facebook.

    This photo was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day on May 8, 2015.
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    Suriname... walking tall!
    Proud, beautiful and confident, that is the best way to describe the participants of the Surinamese “Avondvierdaagse”, a sporting four day event in which thousands of men, women and children walk approximately ten miles a day across the town of Paramaribo.
    Every year, after the Easter holidays, Suriname’s capital city becomes the stage of the most popular parade in its kind. And even though there are no links to the Christian carnival festivities, some people regard it as the Surinamese equivalent of the Caribbean Carnival.
    Alongside the streets the crowd gathers to watch and encourage the colorful and energetic participants. In return they get a festive treat, for the contestants do not only showcase their stamina, but also go the extra mile by entertaining the audience with their beautiful costumes, while singing, cheering and dancing.
    However, the ‘Avondvierdaagse’ is more than just a visual treat. Of course, the flamboyant parade is indeed compelling to watch, but a careful observer will also see the bigger picture. By taking time to look at the faces of the people walking by, one will notice men, women and children who are not only beautiful, but strong, happy and proud of whom they are and what they are achieving.
    So carry on people of Suriname, keep on walking tall…the streets are yours!

    tekst: Cindy Miranda

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