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Scanty EE parade gets off to 5- hour late start!

- residents had no hesitation in labelling it the worst ever in years
Minister for Communications and Works, Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4), right, led the One Mart contingent in the East End Parade on August 3, 2016. Photo: VINO
East End Festival Honouree Andrew A. 'Charlie' Turnbull. Photo: VINO
East End Festival Honouree Andrew A. 'Charlie' Turnbull. Photo: VINO
Miss BVI Erika R. Creque. Photo: VINO
Miss BVI Erika R. Creque. Photo: VINO
Limping Jack from way back. Photo: VINO
Limping Jack from way back. Photo: VINO
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) makes his rounds during the East End Parade on August 3, 2016. Photo: VINO
Deputy Premier and Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) makes his rounds during the East End Parade on August 3, 2016. Photo: VINO
Regional General Manager of Delta Petroleum, Mr Bevis A. Sylvester (left) is in full festival mode. Photo: VINO
Regional General Manager of Delta Petroleum, Mr Bevis A. Sylvester (left) is in full festival mode. Photo: VINO
Moko Jumbies. Photo: VINO
Moko Jumbies. Photo: VINO
Majorettes. Photo: VINO
Majorettes. Photo: VINO
Getting it down in the Delta Petroleum contingent. Photo: VINO
Getting it down in the Delta Petroleum contingent. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
Scene from East End Parade 2016. Photo: VINO
EAST END, Tortola, VI – While some saw it as another few hours of fun and frolic, many families expressed disappointment in at what was to be the East End Parade for the festival activities on that side of the island of Tortola.

Capping off the two days of Emancipation celebrations for East End yesterday August 3, 2016 was the usual float parade. It was scheduled to take off at 1:00 P.M. but did not until approximately 6:00 P.M. and what hundreds lined the road way for was nothing but pure disappointment.

“This was nothing but Rise and Shine- Part Two. They should have named it sundown frolic,” said one patron who noted that she was very disappointed as there was virtually nothing for her children to see.

“I am not against the frolic because I was in the Rise and Shine this morning partying even and straight. But my kids were home and this was the appropriate time for me to bring them out to something that should have been appropriate for kids,” added the disappointed woman.

Scanty Parade

The parade was, according to most persons, the ‘scantiest’ they have ever experienced in a long time in the East End community. It was led by honouree Andrew A. ‘Charlie’ Turnbull who was followed by the various queens, kings, princess and prince and other pageants’ participants. Limping Jack was there as usual with an even bigger contingent than seen before.

Premier sponsor One Mart was there clad in yellow T-shirts and appeared very organised in the mode of prancing in the street, as they were led by the business owner who is also the Minister for Communications and Works Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool (R4). He kept his group controlled and organised and along the route distributed beverages, fruits and water to revelers and bystanders.

There were three costumed groups, among which was the Moko Jumbies.

The largest and most vibrant group, however, was the Delta Petroleum group. Its revelers were not in costumes as such but that sent the message of the team ‘Jus love us back’.

However, there were mixed reactions by onlookers to the quality of performance.

‘Rated R’ Parade

“Don’t get me wrong…I am saying that the way they performed was not appropriate for parade that was for Rise and Shine and maybe some night tramp down. Most of the women had on skimpy clothes and yes nothing wrong with that but it was how they performed. Whining down on the ground with man on them back and them kind of behaviour really wasn’t for parade.”

Another noted, “We heard from almost all of the people, politicians and others who spoke at the opening ceremony saying that it was a very challenging years for Sandra [Potter-Warrican] and her committee but by-Christ I didn’t know it was this bad…This parade was the worst I have seen in a very long time. We the people have to come together and do something to make this better next year.”

Some suggested that for the festivities of 2017, the community will have to come together. “Two three or even four to five businesses can come together as one and a troop like that we can have at least five troops of business floats. Then we can have the PTA of every school come out with a troop – get the kids involved and the parents too, get some prizes and let’s raise this thing from the dead,” one prominent businessman said.

He noted that he did contribute significantly to the festivities this year.

27 Responses to “Scanty EE parade gets off to 5- hour late start!”

  • wize up (04/08/2016, 10:05) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    One Mart Parade!!!! Nice business promotion
  • then we bawling brokes (04/08/2016, 10:09) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    3 festivals on one island? Pure assishness!
    • wize up (04/08/2016, 14:20) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ bawling brokes.....been having 3 festivals for many many years BUT understand you point(lot of it is politically driven).....Fahie needs his festival likewise Pickering needs his festival.....
    • Historical Significance (05/08/2016, 13:58) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      I totally agree. One festival, that's Road Town. For years there has been poor support for East End. It just does not make sense anymore. What is the historical significance of all these festivals in various villages
  • DON Q (04/08/2016, 10:14) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    Pico kool mehson you see him on that bike
    • G-money (04/08/2016, 11:49) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
      When you are making all the money, you can be as cool as you like, just look at his rich white friends whenever they attend serious meetings and conferences, they dress in polo shirts while everyone else in jackets and ties. Nuff said.
    • always (04/08/2016, 12:01) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Every year
  • tt (04/08/2016, 10:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I wonder wha he looking at?
  • long look me come from (04/08/2016, 10:46) Like (9) Dislike (7) Reply
    dem should cancel east end bossie
    • @ LONG LOOK ME COME FROM (04/08/2016, 11:10) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Myron wanted too but Pico done fix he
    • Why Carrot bay? (04/08/2016, 19:57) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      Carrot bay needs to go. Carrot bay Festival has no historical significance. East end and Road a town do.. Carrot bay was a political Festival that gets the leg from the political cow.. that need cancelling, then it's so far , with no parking... Don't understand why NDP keep that Festival that belongs to Fahie and VIP..Waste of money.
  • Parade participant (04/08/2016, 11:15) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    The committee should not announce an earlier than 3 pm start because no one is coming out their houses in the hot sun to be criticised by the non-participators
  • VINO (04/08/2016, 11:51) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks for the pics. Keep on being #1, firstly and accurately.
  • watching (04/08/2016, 13:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    End the nonsense . If you cant be on time yoy are not allowed in the parade . Better yet discontinue thesr
  • ta ta (04/08/2016, 14:14) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another funny man failure
  • improvement needed (04/08/2016, 14:47) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    I loved the enthusiam of the East End Parade, even though of the late start. What an awesome Jouvert, except for a few incidents with what I would consider young and drunk people. When people like my family and I travel ed from Atlanta to reunite with my family in Tortola and also brought friends that loved my Island, it was a little emassing. Thanks to the police for quelling the fight. What we need is to put politics aside and let us come together as one. The portraits of our founding leaders was very appropriate, especially for our young people. Big up to Ms. Sandra Potter Warrinican the theme of Educating while participating was quite appropriate. Sorry I cannot be in Carrot Bay, but to my Fellow Tolians keep the faith. By the way my friends enjoyed the local food and the Tolian hospitality
  • Mastership. (04/08/2016, 19:51) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Things need to change. It's been the same o, same o for too long. Come on. Give new people a chance,, Change the complete old committee, get some island people involve they live among us, they can organise and they will work hard. Mix up the thing let's make it work for the better of all of us... It's like mastership now..
  • Papalin (05/08/2016, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow its kina cool to see our Dep. Premier on a bike in the parade. Nice Dep. Premier very encouraging.
  • Wicked (05/08/2016, 12:42) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look at them always crying broke for the staff and they have so much money to sponsor festival.Refuse to pay staff overtime but they have money for all other things.VINO must investigate them backside.
  • Anonymous (05/08/2016, 12:52) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Long Look me come from sit your ass why must they cancel East End
  • WTF (05/08/2016, 20:39) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am over sixty five so I don't participate in Festival anymore, but in my young years every year I was in a Troup. If East End/Long Look residents is reluctant to participate and support Festival, then it should be cancelled. What I saw on August Wednesday did not even make sense. The Village was dark and dismal. If this is what it is going to be, forget it.
  • Anonymous (07/08/2016, 12:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Wtf Stay your ass home we ain't invite you if East End need cancelling so does Town and Carrot Bay
    • wow (08/08/2016, 17:55) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Look focus on long look not carrot bay we have a cultural fiesta here talking nonsense eeeeeee


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