The parade of tropues saw countless individuals dressed up in costumes and body paint, many intoxicated, by both music and beverages, but all gyrating to the sounds of calypso, as the parade made its way from its starting point at St. Mary’s Park, in the lower section of the town.
Earlier in the day, hundreds more participated in the j’ouvert morning jam session, with a few scuffles being recorded but nothing too challenging for the security forces on hand, who quickly removed the threat to public safety.
The j’ouvert was able to climax with a ‘wet down” provided by the Fire & Rescue services, at Guides Tree, just above the Green Valley Pub.
The jam session came to a close at midday, to make way for the start of the parade of costume bands later in the afternoon.
It was therefore only a matter of hours when the streets of Cayon were flooded again with reveller displaying the costumes of the various troupes performing in front of thousands who lined the parade route.
The parade featured about a dozen troupes featuring individuals from all generations and depicting various aspects of life in the Green Valley. There were cross dressers, bikers, folklore groups and others, including a squad honouring the late Tasif Nisbett, a former and well known postman from the area.
Music for the parade was provided, by the Grand Masters and Kollision bands.
The last Lap presentation immediately followed the parade with a jam session in the Sandbox, located in Maynard’s Park.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Forget the Crime, Enjoy the Lime” Green Valley Festival 2012: Sweet Sixteen Celebration.