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Farewell to EE/LL Festival? – Patrons speak

The crowd of spectators that turned up to witness the East End/Long Look leg of the annual street parade was disappointed for the most part yesterday August 6, 2014 as there were under ten troupes for them to see. Photo: VINO
The Queen rides in on her magical pony. Photo: VINO
The Queen rides in on her magical pony. Photo: VINO
Another queen graces the parade with her presence - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Another queen graces the parade with her presence - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Riding in style - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Riding in style - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith (right) at the East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith (right) at the East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Waving like royalty - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Waving like royalty - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Some of the patrons - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Some of the patrons - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
One of the few troupes that came out to the East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
One of the few troupes that came out to the East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
A captivating float - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
A captivating float - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Royalty on the march - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Royalty on the march - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Another of the troupes that participated - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Another of the troupes that participated - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
These women depicted Virgin Islands' culture - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
These women depicted Virgin Islands' culture - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Culturally dressed for the parade - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
Culturally dressed for the parade - East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
East End/Long Look parade held on August 6, 2014. Photo: VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI – The crowd of spectators that turned up to witness the East End/Long Look leg of the annual street parade were disappointed for the most part yesterday August 6, 2014 as there were under ten troupes for them to see.

In the words of Alaura Frett-Parsons it was the smallest ever parade she has ever seen in years in the East End/Long look community. This was also the view of several others who spoke with this news site.

It is the view that the parade in 2013 was better and one that would have caused persons to return this year hoping for more of the same.

According to Frett-Parsons this year’s show might be an indication that it is time for the committee to look at having another event to replace that parade especially as the Rise and Shine tramp has grown greatly.

“What I see is that most people love the Rise and Shine tramp and because that is an event that takes a lot of energies many of the persons who would have formed troupes in the parade could not make it out back in time, these are energy activities and they being back to back would see one being affected more and that was evident here today,” expressed the woman.

This was put to several other persons on the parade yesterday and the views were similar. According to Glenroy Lettsome, “They should come up with some big cultural activities and knock out the parade because it’s the same thing we see in Road Town and this country is too small for that.”

Another said that because the parade ended much earlier than expected and as it was ten times shorter than usual several stall and tents owners said that they would have had serious financial losses as their food, mostly perishable, had to be given away to avoid wastage.

“What about the troupes that used to come from St. Thomas?” asked one resident.

This news site sought answers to these questions yesterday following the parade but to no avail as the organizers could not have been reached.

“I strongly feel that this should be the last we see of this parade, so farewell East End parade,” one resident took the liberty of declaring.

35 Responses to “Farewell to EE/LL Festival? – Patrons speak”

  • Observer (07/08/2014, 08:39) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Instead of the parade they could have a Beach Bash or something else.
  • Right Move (07/08/2014, 08:43) Like (32) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am so glad the residents of East End Long Look are finally accepting the fact that it is a waste of time and money to have a parade in that area. It is only a repeat of troupes that participated in the National Parade in the capital of the country...Road Town. Why continue with this mediocrity? Lets put a stop to this nonsense now... Let this be the final year to the EE/LL parade.
  • ccc (07/08/2014, 09:22) Like (14) Dislike (4) Reply
    Shut it down I say
    • agreed (07/08/2014, 10:38) Like (9) Dislike (9) Reply
      Just shut it down and move everything to Road Town and carrot bay boss
  • Real (07/08/2014, 09:27) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    This issue can be fix I think you just need to change the committee members and put in fresh bloods with a different way of thinking. Its the 60th and this is all they can do? It had troupes in town with hundreds of ppl and not even 10-20 persons from most of those troupes they could have gotten to support the 60th at lease? every year its the same thing and I don't kno the logistics dealing with getting more troupes to the east but it can't be that serious that we couldn't have gotten more troupes.
    • SMH (07/08/2014, 11:14) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      Why have the same troupes from town go to East End to see the same thing over. Nonsense. I am an East Ender and from a young girl, you blinked the parade was finished.
    • Strupes (07/08/2014, 13:15) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
      Do you realise what you are saying? Your comment is a clear indication of why we should do away with EE/LL parade. If the survival is based on resurecting the same troupes from Road Town it does not make sense to continue with the parade. This is a small territory...ONE PARADE is enough. Find some other activity to celebrate emancipation.
    • the rock (07/08/2014, 16:41) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      i have the same feelings virgin islands its time for us to unite,,around 60 troupes in town just Monday gone, some of those troupes could of showed up in east end..wonder if anyone ask them to take part..thats the question and don't forget virgin gorda..why cant some of these same troupes go over there also, come on bvi, lets do better!
  • insider (07/08/2014, 09:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    me have the privilege of knowing how much work is still left to be done to take our east end committee forward
  • long look me come from (07/08/2014, 10:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    only good thing they got going for them is the juva deamn
  • pure shite (07/08/2014, 11:03) Like (7) Dislike (6) Reply
    This bull ship have to stop and why a little country like this is having 3 jouverts?? why??
    • D Tourist (07/08/2014, 19:37) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      It doan mek sense to have all these festivals at one go. Bad business.

      How about if the three festivals and in fact all the BVI festivals were DELIBERATELY spread out over the calender year: benefits
      i) year round festivals
      ii)year round business opportunities
      bla bla bla bla bla

      But we live in our own little selfish worlds so.........
      We can't plan because some one will be offended......
      We can't CHANGE because some one will get offended

      SO WHAT......

      Ok Smith do your thing.....

      Or I will have Myron do it
  • rattie (07/08/2014, 11:03) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    What ah floop
  • Family Feud (07/08/2014, 11:05) Like (8) Dislike (7) Reply
    Solution...Get rid ah the potters and the wescotts.
  • Boring Committee (07/08/2014, 11:47) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    You cant have ppl on a committee that dont understand entertainment....and thats the EE committee. They dont go no where to understand entertainment. The parade should go a longtime time...Replace it with a cultural extravaganza.
  • Really People (07/08/2014, 12:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    For a Parade that was supposed to start at God knows what time and having people assembled at Paham Town at 12:00 and the parade only stated moving minutes to five don’t you think persons waiting would have gotten fed up and left. Really would you have stayed there especially if you were out for the entire festivities.

    Additionally, those children were coming down the road and there was not even a cooler with water for them in sight.

    Its is shame that this parade is going to the dogs but its only we the people who can make it a success. There were other troupes there but they left due to length of time they had to wait

  • suggestion (07/08/2014, 14:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I recall there being a ceremony in Long Look this year in anticipation of the festivities.

    Simply have the Community incorporate their troupes etc from a cultural standpoint (no vulgarities) into this event.
  • Opinion (07/08/2014, 16:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    My opinion is if they want to have a commemorative day make it one day to honor the honorees etc, a beach jam with cultural activities to educate the children long time culture. CGB used to have one day that was the Thursday until Mr. Rhymer died, now I see a group of young men in the CGB area trying to do something. This was the first time, but I am already hearing talks of cultural entertainment etc for next year. Kudos to them
  • Outlaw (07/08/2014, 17:35) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is my firm belief that the who festival celebration is too drawn out. My suggestion is that the east end and carrot bay activities should be cut out. The festival should begin on the Friday which should be the grand opening and the local calypso show after which a local band should entertain. The Saturday night should be the international night where you bring in a mixture of international artist. The Sunday afternoon you have emancipation service followed by the queen show. On the Monday you have the grand parade in road town beginning at 12 noon sharp. On the Tuesday you have the aquatic sports followed by horse race then entertainment by local fungi and brass band in the village. On Wednesday you have a massive rise and shine tramp in east end starting at 4 am and finish around 10 am then on the following Saturday a grand closing out ceremony in road town. Just my 2 cent
  • facts man (07/08/2014, 19:39) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Waste ah money but the bully from Cuba will not allow this to stop
  • in the news (08/08/2014, 00:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    man vino thoes photos mek it look like it had a lot of troops
  • Bla Bla (08/08/2014, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a slippery slope if I ever saw one on which events must go!!!
  • Eastman (08/08/2014, 17:18) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everybody want to come from nowhere and talk about stopping the Three festival, its our culture and if you don't like what has been done for years just stay home. There is a lot of ppl come in everyyear to be apart of these events which is helping our economy where everybody benefits. A lot of work needs to be done to get it better, why not most of you give ur suggestions on how to get it better and stop with this nonsense.
  • sense (09/08/2014, 07:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    St. Thomas has a much bigger population than Tortola. The parade in St. Thomas is held in Charlote Amalie both adult and children.Those parades are well attended by the population. Why can Road Town be the venue for festival parades in Tortola? That will cut cost and another event can be held in EELLIKE. We are one people. Time to stop the division and come together as one. Some of the money spent on all these parades can be spent on the schools to improve education.
  • Microwave (09/08/2014, 21:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Instead of criticizing and all these negitive comments why don't we meet with the festival committee and see what we can do TOGETHER better for next year, ask people to join in and form a troop, get sponsors so next year we can all sit (stand) and watch a wonderful parade? Stop finding faults when you are NOT taking part.
    • @ Microwave (10/08/2014, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      how come you was not saying that when the VIP was in??? set of two faced
  • tom cat (10/08/2014, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    which governement will be bold enough to end this mess in east end eh?
  • Microwave (11/08/2014, 22:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What's wrong with you idiot? I am just trying to make a suggestion to make the festival productive it doesn't matter which party is in its about keeping the BVI culture . We are quick to break down instead of helping one another build up
  • Blossom (12/08/2014, 00:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why don't they assist in getting individuals to participate in the parade by organizing a troupe or float.
  • Long Look Resident (12/08/2014, 12:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    A cultural event bringing back all the old time games, and events of yesteryear so that the youths today will see how the old folks used to live, will be a better option than the parade I saw on August 6th. I also must say, that the Long Look/East End Festival is not getting the support needed for the event to be a success. So if government is not going to give the necessary support, then be tall and cancel it.


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