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Thursday, December 12, 2013
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San Fernando needs to come alive again
Republic Day in San Fernando, coincided with the 102nd birthday of the late Dr Eric Williams, and was celebrated in San Fernando with a street parade organised by Junior “Moko Jumbie” Bisnath, in conjunction with the Eric Williams Memorial Committee, headed by Reginald Vidal, under the auspices of the Mayor, Dr Navi Muradali. The street parade, though small in size, was spectacular, starting from the Cocoyea Roundabout, along Royal Road, Coffee Street and on to Harris Promenade. The parade included Moko Jumbies, unicycle riders, clowns, comic book characters, Jambull Dancing, traditional drumming, led by a powerful tassa group from Mt Stewart Village. The crowds along the street seemed very appreciative and welcomed the tribute to the memory of Dr Eric Williams, whose portrait was held high leading the parade.
I decided to highlight this event because I haven’t seen any coverage by the media for such an important event in the calendar of the City of San Fernando. After the official opening speech by Mr Vidal, all the dignitaries spoke glowingly about the effort and its significance. I must say that no attempt was made by any politician to gain political mileage from the event. Instead, patriotism, national unity and love for culture were hailed by all, as the most important lesson to be learnt from the event. The Mayor promised more events celebrating the City and culture can be looked forward to in the future. The parade was followed by a cultural programme which was highlighted by the talented family of Junior Bisnath, his son on the steelpan on stilts and his wife, a singer, Anselm Walters who rocked as usual, calypsonians including Durango, Aga, Rando and RaS Komanda, Embacadere Drummers, Jambull Drummers and Dancer Glen Pierre, bottle dancing by “Spider Man.” San Fernandians hope to see the days when more cultural events that appeal to national unity can return to the City as yesteryear, when large crowds used to attend events on the promenade. Our city needs to come alive again.
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