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More attention must be paid to August Monday Parade- E.G. Maduro

More attention must be paid to the August Monday Parade, says talk show host Edmund G. Maduro. Photo: VINO/File
One of the entries of the August Monday Parade in 2015. Photo: VINO/File
One of the entries of the August Monday Parade in 2015. Photo: VINO/File
Radio talk show host, Edmund G. Maduro has said the August Monday Parade should be about history and culture and not just revelry. Photo: VINO/File
Radio talk show host, Edmund G. Maduro has said the August Monday Parade should be about history and culture and not just revelry. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - While not agreeing that the Ministry of Education should be separated from the Department of Culture as it relates to having one Minister oversee it, television talk show host Edmund G. Maduro feels strongly that a more concerted attention should be paid to the annual Virgin Islands Emancipation Festival celebrations.

Recently social media was buzzing with the discussion about the load of responsibility being carried by controversial Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn. The discussion was led with the suggestion that Education should be a stand-alone Ministry and Culture should be placed as the responsibility of one of the Junior Ministers of Government; Territorial At Large Honourable Archibald C. Christian or Honourable Marlon A. Penn (R8).

Education & Culture should not be separate

Speaking with this news site on this most recent discussion, Mr Maduro supported the staying together of the two units as one Ministry, noting that it is a very sensitive and technical subject.

According to Mr Maduro, he would; however, want to see the Ministry pay a keener attention to the August Monday Parade. “What we would need to do is, the Ministry of Culture would have to pay close attention to our festivals, our August Festivals. That’s where one of our biggest problems is coming.”

He said the August Monday celebrations are not a carnival, but rather a festival that has spiritual and religious connotations.

We cannot dictate culture

Maduro further said the August Monday Parade should be used to educate the people of the territory about the genesis of the people and where they came from to now make up the territory of the Virgin Islands (British).

“That is how the culture that we would have had would begin to evolve… culture is a very sensitive thing, it’s nothing to dictate… culture is something natural that we should allow to develop,” said Mr Maduro.

He spent some time reflecting on years gone by when Emancipation Festival activities saw paraders dressed in a manner depicting the various people who came to the Caribbean. “We used to have people performing like Indians, people from South America and things like that and a lot of our troupes were based on culture and the kids would behave in a way according to what they heard their mommies and daddies saying at home.”

“This is why we have people against the idea of people going out there and dressing too carelessly. I remember going to school and there was a troupe dressed like Indians and they had a little piece of thing in front of them and a little piece behind but that was how some of the Indians used to dress long ago.”

This he said was never seen as lewd dressing because it was purely cultural. “But what is happening today, our culture is changing with this festival. We are changing the festival to a carnival. In other words, we are changing it from something where we are thanking God for liberating us from slavery to the ability of drinking rum and have fun.”

“So it’s a very sensitive thing and I would hate to see it reach to a point where we are quarreling over the culture, let our culture develop,” insisted Mr Maduro.

7 Responses to “More attention must be paid to August Monday Parade- E.G. Maduro”

  • E. Leonard (21/07/2016, 10:00) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    The issue why most people think we need to separate the Ministry of Education from Culture is because they are reflecting on the current Minister and his inability to handle the both subjects. But I do not believe it should be separate. Can’t change up everything each time you have an incompetent Minister
  • foxy (21/07/2016, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Right message wrong messenger
    • @foxy (21/07/2016, 12:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Wrong messenger???????

      Seems like you do not believe locals can do anything!!!!!! We ourselves degrade our own instead of build them up. When they do bad they get degraded and when they do good they still get degraded. And then we complain about non-locals as DPP, Gov., Police Commissioner, Prison Superintendent, etc.
  • Yes (21/07/2016, 13:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We need to put Donald Decastro in charge of our parade.
  • islander (21/07/2016, 13:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Department of Culture should be responsible for organizing the festival activities with additional help from various committes.
  • Nice station (22/07/2016, 07:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Excellent. Andrew and CBN always do good things. Never get enough appreciation. It nice someone now recognize that.

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