It was another unique parade day with troupes depicting various cultural traditions, starting from the Old Cultural Centre moving though main Street and ending at the cultural Complex.
There was an increase in the number of troupes this year said an official. The thousands lining the streets, some from as early as 11:00am, was another significant improvement over previous years, he added.
Organizers of the festival are already giving high marks for the various activities, saying that they were very pleased with the quality competitions, crowd support and participation from Kittitians who made the trip for the main weekend of events.
“Definitely we had a successful festival. The shows were very well attended. We had some new innovation this year, in terms of bringing back the aquatic sports which was once part of Culturama. We partnered with the Empire Sports Club on that event which was very well received. We brought back the International Night after a sabbatical of some two or three years. It was very well received and very well attended,” said Executive Director of the Culturama Committee, Antonio Liburd.
He also had high praises for the Senior Calypso Competition, saying it was a keenly contested competition, with large crowds in attendance. “Persons are saying that Nevis calypso is once again on the rise, “said Liburd.
He expressed great satisfaction in what he termed a massive crowd at the Miss Culture Pageant, adding that it was one of their biggest success stories for the Culturama.
The re-birth of the Herbert’s Beach Affair was another new event this year after many years off the calendar during the festival.
The j’ouvert on Emancipation Monday, 5th August, said Liburd was another big event with thousands enjoying and engaging in the music, jamming, food, and socialization connected with such a grand occasion.
“We had a good j’ouvert morning. Though it started out a bit slow, by mid-morning it picked up, culminating with a mass audience in Charlestown. We had Small Axe band from St. Kitts stationed at the Treasury Apron. A number of persons came over from St. Kitts to participate in the j’ouvert and we want to thank those persons who came over despite what was being said. They helped to make Culturama 39 another grand and great event,” said the Director of the festival.
“There was some talk of another or similar event being hosted in St. Kitts at the same time. But we did not have any fear about that event, we went about and planned our j’ouvert and invited persons from St. Kitts to come over and they came over in their boat loads. The number of Kittitians that were over here despite the fact that there was a similar event over in St. Kitts was huge.”
Liburd said that “Persons were saying that the St. Kitts event was designed to negatively impact the Culturama celebration on Monday morning and was organized to keep the Kittitians in St. Kitts. But as early as Saturday the Kittitians were pouring over to Nevis in their numbers and it did not really have the negative impact for which it was intended.”
“We were not hampered by the similar event on St. Kitts. We were not disturbed at all. We went about our business as normal and got our trailers from St. Kitts and our drivers. We were confident that persons from St. Kitts would come to Nevis to take part in Culturama and take part in the J’ouvert morning activities. Yes we would have missed Ronnie Rascal on the road but we had our bands in Nevis lined up and ready to fire and to support us in our endeavours here.”
Next year will mark the 40th Anniversary of the cultural festival and already Nevisians overseas have been committing to journey home to join the grand celebrations.