Bermuda parties through Heroes Weekend

There was no America's Cup racing in Bermuda on Monday (local time) and the focus switched from watching yacht races to watching people.

Locals took part in a mardigras-style carnival to celebrate their heroes.

The public holiday called Heroes Weekend started off as Queen's Birthday, but has also become a carnival to celebrate those who impact Bermuda in a positive way.

And when it comes to the heroes of the Cup, Bermudians are still largely backing Oracle.

"Oracle's trying to be the hero... I think New Zealand's got a new story for them - we'll have to wait and see," one man told Newshub.

The parade runs on for eight hours through the mid-afternoon Bermuda sun, with the local cocktail 'swizzle' fuelling revellers.

It's a party vibe they'd like to see back for the next America's Cup.

"Because Oracle called Bermuda their home - here's hoping that's exactly what happens that they win it," one man told Newshub.

While one end of Bermuda is party, the other end is planning.

There was barely a peep outside both bases, but you can bet there's a lot to be said behind those doors about how to now plan a heroic win in Bermuda.