St. Joseph and Portsmouth Carnival opening dubbed a success
As the 2011 carnival celebrations continue to intensify, huge crowds gathered on the north and on the west coast of the island to witness and participate in the official opening ceremony of some of the island’s rural carnival celebrations.
Carnival lovers from the twin communities of Mero and Layou as well as those from the communities of Belles and further afield, gathered in St. Joseph to participate in the official opening parade which began on the highway and culminated with an official ceremony on the St. Joseph Savannah.
The parade featured the St. Joseph Scouts troop, sponsored by SAT Telecommunications Ltd, the Good Hope Darkies, sensays and many other traditional elements of Dominica’s Cultural Heritage.
Parliamentary Representative for the St. Joseph Constituency, Honourable Kelver Darroux says as a rural community, it is indeed a privilege to be able to stage their own official opening parade.
He says for them, carnival is not just about the festivities but a time when they remember their fore fathers who were enslaved.
According to Mr. Darroux, the official opening parade is just one of the many activities that are being held in observance of Mas St. Joe 2K11.
The event ended with a grand street jump, as revelers chipped up and down the streets behind the NCORE Band.
One day later, on Sunday February 20th, 2011 the attention shifted to the north of the island, when the Northern Festival Committee held their official opening parade.
Despite a late start, hundreds of spectators lined up the sidewalks to catch a glimpse of the street parade which featured several floats and bands such as WCK and NCORE.
The Parade which began at the Purple Turtle Beach Club in Lagoon, culminated at the Portsmouth’s Carnival City, where two of Dominica’s most popular Bouyon bands WCK and Triple Kay Global brought down the curtains on the event which was well attended by the masses.