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'Is not all about the bacchanal' – Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard

- East End holds on to staging of Emancipation Parade despite lack of participation
A mother and her two daughters at the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019, sending the message that you can still party and look presentable. Photo: VINO
Unity in Diversity-CTL at the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Unity in Diversity-CTL at the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Unity in Diversity-CTL at the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Unity in Diversity-CTL at the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Scenes from the East End Emancipation Parade on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Leader of the Opposition Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) at the East End Emancipation Festival on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
Leader of the Opposition Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) at the East End Emancipation Festival on August 7, 2019. Photo: VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI- About three weeks ago when a group of residents of the East End Community of Tortola, Virgin Islands, decided to get together to organise the usual street parade, they were faced with a barrage of challenges, among which was that of persons doubting their ability to make it happen.

The parade did some off on August 7, 2019 but not to the scale and grandeur as the organising committee had envisaged.

However, according to Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard, East End Festival Committee's Sub Chairperson, the valiant efforts and hard work to make the parade happen were worth it. “Just about three weeks ago we got together and tried to bring together as many troupes as we could, we did have a few troupes enlisted but things didn’t work out as planned.”

Scatliffe-Leonard said the committe was expecting the usual support of troupes from the US Virgin Islands, “But the [inclement] weather turned them off so then we cancelled out on that. But nontheless we came because we know this is our culture, this is our heritage, this is something whether or not there is visiting support, whether or not we have three or four troupes coming down the road. We just need to recognise our culture.”

For the committee, the culture of the East End Community, especially when it comes to emancipation, needs to be instilled in the youth of the communities, insisted Scatliffe-Leonard.

“We cannot let this fall on the wayside, we have to do what we have to do to make sure they are keeping up. That’s my motivation, that they know why we celebrate, it’s not all about the bacchanal,” she added.

Scatliffe-Leonard and her committee were applauded by Leader of the Opposition, Honourable Marlon A. Penn, who is also the Representative of the Eighth District.

East End is made up of two districts, the other is District Seven whose representative is the Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Agriculture and Fisheries, Dr The Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley aka 'Sowande Uhuru'.

4 Responses to “'Is not all about the bacchanal' – Perline R. Scatliffe-Leonard”

  • asking for a friend (08/08/2019, 19:46) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Was this the east end committee or just a one women show?
    • Response (09/08/2019, 06:40) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      It was a community show. Many players were involved. Don’t try to mislead people
  • hahahaha (09/08/2019, 05:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Tell that to them ratchet people!! It’s about the wuk-in up and you’ll know that
  • great effort (09/08/2019, 10:15) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    I was happy to line up along the east end road waiting for some sort of parade to come up. As a child I look forward to this every year. The depiction that Mr. Penn did was awesome. I never saw nor heard about it before and I learned something (even though I can't remember the name while I am typing). The gyrating was more cultural, the ladies were dressed conservative yet appropriate for the occasion and the heat. Not all of us are interested in seeing wet crotches and bums. It wasn't much, but it was surely better than nothing. Got a chance to see a few good friends who I had not seen in some years and reunite. Don't know the committee business not issues and not a clue about no individual. All who were responsible I would like to say a big thank you for pushing the culture


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