East Basseterre, St. Kitts (Tuesday 20th September 2016) – It was like Sugar Mas in September as revelers from East Basseterre and neighboring communities swarmed the streets of Basseterre/Newtown in their vibrant and patriotic costumes with a splash of Carnival Splendor to end the East Basseterre Fishnet Festival on Monday 19th September 2016.
“This is one of the biggest community parades I’ve ever seen!” exclaimed a joyous on -looker as she witness the massive turn out to the event.
At approximately 4:00pm the troupes paraded through the streets of Basseterre as they drew residents out on to the streets, not only reminding them of the St. Kitts-Nevis thirty-three years of Independence but also in celebration of East Basseterre Community Festival.
Spectators witness “Sugar Mas” in September as the parade began to wake the streets of Basseterre with its rhythmic music and kaleidoscope of patriotic and intricately crafted costumes that many seemed to particularly loved, featuring flag-like costumes, grass skirts and shell bras and a huge feathery fan costume glittering in the blazing sun.
The parade was lead by a procession from the Small Axe Band and Real Right Entertainment that moved along the parade route, which was lined with thousands of spectators and scores of vendors selling local food and beverages, snacks of all sorts and other items.
It all then climaxed at the Newtown Hard-court also dubbed “Fishpot” for the duration of the community festival with a two hour jam session by Real Right Entertainment that ended just about 9:00pm.
“This year the festival proudly celebrated our culture among many in such an impactful way and this is what makes East Basseterre so “monumental” in St. Kitts” said Nordia Demming (Miss East Basseterre Queen, 2011).
The East Basseterre Fishnet Festival was once the largest community festival in St. Kitts. It was birthed from the purpose of highlighting the strengths of the East Basseterre community while promoting a unified community through-out.
The East Basseterre fishnet Festival is scheduled to take place every September and climax on the Independence weekend through the streets of Basseterre with amazing array of sounds, colourful sights and social solidarity.