The Judge and The Boat Paddle

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The courts in the Bahamas close down for Christmas.  In the New Year, they open up again.  For the opening they have a small parade and a celebration calling it "The New Judicial Year".  They have a police guard, a flag bearer and then comes a guy with a huge paddle.  It could be a boat paddle.  It is carved.  It could be a bum-spanker, some form of punishment.  Whatever it is, it is the sign of the office of the Chief Justice.

And then comes the chief justice in his wool wig.  You can see him behind the boat paddle guy.  He is the fat man with the red robe wearing a Goldilocks white wig.   It is quite the show.

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