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Bringing Nostalgia To Asou Square

Photo of a wooden structure with the galvanized covering located on the Derek Walcott Square

THE Castries Constituency Council (CCC) is attempting to bring back some nostalgia to Asou Square as it prepares for an event that has become a must-have for St. Lucians ushering in the New Year.

Photo of a wooden structure with the galvanized covering located on the Derek Walcott Square
Preparations are underway by the CCC for the annual extravaganza.

The above photo of a wooden structure with the galvanized covering located on the Derek Walcott Square facing Brazil Street easily tells one that preparations are underway by the CCC for the annual extravaganza.

But for those who remembered Asou Square back in the Eighties and further back, they will recall that the wood and galvanized sheets were the materials used for the booths on all four sides of the square.

Since the New Year’s fair returned to the “Square” not too long ago, organizers moved from using the originals booths to using tents on all sides of the “Square”.

This time around, Mayor Peterson Francis decided to bring back a bit of nostalgia to the three-day event by creating booths built out of wood and galvanized sheets on the Brazil Street side of the “Square” to bring “something extra, something long lost” to the event.

“We are trying to bring back the element of old square to the fair with wooden structures with galvanized covering. We are also trying to bring back old-time entertainment to the event,” Francis said.

But bringing back old time entertainment like the Toes and their boloms, Masquerade, Pye Banan, the bus rides from Gros Islet and back, the chants and other forms of entertainment that dominated decades past is not going to be easy. Even Francis admits that that type of entertainment will not be easy to bring back, seeing that they seem to have vanished from the scene without leaving a trace.

Francis is not too sure how he will produce that special type of entertainment but he is certain that the entertainment the event will provide this time around will be top-notch as he has about $100,000 to spend on entertainment alone for the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the event.

“There will be steel pan music, there will be calypsonians, there will be entertainment,” he said, adding that this year the CCC is totally in charge of all aspects of the event unlike other years when the Cultural Development Foundation was part of it.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

4 Comments

  1. Serious respect to the mayor. The guy is always trying to make things better in the city. Hands down, he is the most effective administrator. The cat is a doer. By the way, I didn’t like the role of Toes on the Square last New Year celebrations.
    I saw Toes shaking hands, affable and timid. This is definitely not the Toes a few generations grew up knowing. Among Toes’ role, to create a kind of fear that’s not too intense. A sort of fear that makes one seek him again and again… adrenaline rush. Bring back Toes cadence, scripts (some revised), and let the kids have the time of their lives.
    Many years later, I still believe that New Year’s memories are my best.

  2. Lacking progressive solutions for current issues, so-called leaders can only offer citizens escape from reality via nostalgia?

    Sleepy wants us to join him in dreaming about the past!

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