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High Turnout for 35th Jounen Kweyol

Image: These two young Saint Lucians in Canaries were among many keeping the bamboo-bursting tradition alive Sunday around the island. (Photo by: PhotoMike).

THE Folk Research Center can take a bow today for the smashing success of Sunday’s 35th Annual Jounen Kweyol celebrations.

Although Vieux Fort and Soufriere were the chosen locations for the observance, it could truly be said that almost every nook and cranny held something in recognition of the day and therein lies the smashing success spoken of and the reason for asking the FRC to take a bow.

Image: These two young Saint Lucians in Canaries were among many keeping the bamboo-bursting tradition alive Sunday around the island. (Photo by: PhotoMike).
These two young Saint Lucians in Canaries were among many keeping the bamboo-bursting tradition alive Sunday around the island. (Photo by: PhotoMike).

This year was the 35th year Jounen Kweyol was observed and though highly successful in most of these years in terms of crowd participation, the abundance of creole food and drink and display of artifacts, — which in years past were the tools and utensils and items used in everyday use in homes and businesses — there seems now to be a need to take the whole creole heritage observance a notch higher, a point noted in last Saturday’s editorial.

Suggestions relating to how this could be done will not be found in this article, which is dedicated to the outpouring of love Saint Lucians showed this past Sunday for Jounen Kweyol (Creole Day).

It could safely be said that almost every community in the various nooks and crannies in the country had a food bar or food bars and drinks.

This reporter visited almost every community when he left Castries mid – Sunday morning on the East and West Coasts of the island.

While some families had their personal tables outside, others were trying to eek out a living by offering creole food on sale to whoever wanted.

Even the bumper-to-bumper traffic that existed right after passing the Aux Picon gap at about eight Sunday night all the way to the Desruisseaux gap , a nightmarish situation to some, reflected of the success of the day.

And there were the outfits, of all styles and hues of the colours associated with creolism. Here’s a few photographs to depict my journey.

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...

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