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Skimpy festival outfits send wrong message – Eileene L. Parsons

Former legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE has complained that some of the festival parade costumes are “too much”. Photo: VINO/File
Parsons stated that the costumes often leave little for the imagination and were too sensual and too sexual. Photo: VINO/File
Parsons stated that the costumes often leave little for the imagination and were too sensual and too sexual. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Claiming that women in society were the standard bearers, former legislator Eileene L. Parsons OBE has complained that some of the festival parade costumes are “too much”.

She stated that the costumes often leave little for the imagination and were too sensual and too sexual. “We could do better,” Ms Parsons said. The comments were made during a telethon to raise funds for the VI Festival and Fairs committee last evening, July 9, 2013 on the Spotlight show that was hosted on a local television station and simulcast across several radio stations.

The former legislator, who was recently awarded the OBE for her services to the Territory, conceded that there might have been a different generation long ago who did not witness anything of this nature but added, “we are so quick to adopt what isn’t our own and we have no sense of pushing what is ours…”

Ms Parsons also claimed that many VIslanders do not get involved in the festival parade and left it up to those who wanted to go, “we thank God for them, otherwise it won’t have a parade."

She related that the costumes were often too skimpy and the only difference that could be found in many instances was the colour of the outfits. “As the man from Trinidad say: ‘Feathers and Flesh’. You don’t see the culture, a part of BVI culture coming out in the parade,” she said.

Ms Parsons complained about the level of school participation and said she didn’t know what could be done by the Department of Education to increase the current level of participation for schools.

“Our young people don’t have a clue what we are celebrating,” Ms Parsons expressed after explaining the struggles of some of the ancestors of old.

The former legislator has often been hailed as a cultural icon in the Virgin Islands after having helped to form the Heritage Dancers group among other cultural mainstays of the Territory and also serving in several posts that allowed her to promote the Territory worldwide.

19 Responses to “Skimpy festival outfits send wrong message – Eileene L. Parsons”

  • weed (10/07/2013, 08:53) Like (15) Dislike (11) Reply
    she is right
  • get wid de times (10/07/2013, 09:46) Like (13) Dislike (9) Reply
    miss "P" this is 2013 not 1913 when "can can" were worn and quadrille music was played.
  • Cutty Wise (10/07/2013, 10:00) Like (15) Dislike (8) Reply
    SAD but true unfortunately Mrs. Parson we have SKETS giving birth to future SKETS and the cycle continues. Apple don't fall far from the tree it seems. I know skets who would preach "don't be and end up like me" but today the skets who done ruin their own lives intend to see their girl children life ruined too so they can have company in their misery.
  • RedStorm (10/07/2013, 10:16) Like (11) Dislike (9) Reply
    Hon Parson, Need to get those who are involved and give them a stern lesson of what is expected. The man from Trinidad was right " Feather and Flesh" nothing more. I went to festival twice in my life and the first time I see the crap come out with Feathers I never went back, and I don't waste my time watching it on TV either. I would like to see one big island picnic on August Sunday with the horse racing and the boat races or yacht race and a parade of the bands on Monday, with a cooking competition on Tuesday island wide and Wednesday everybody home with their families. If this government want to make it all about money then the Wednesday they come up with some activity.

    The Parade need to simmer down with all those crazy song " kill the Rabbit" and some thing about some women cheating on some man. Some of those same ban leaders don't have a clue about what make a good song and the lyrics of it.

    The song must send a message of relevance and so is the parade , whether it be past , present or future. This Festival could be a highlight in the British Virgin Islands but it must send a message that people would want to experience. Many BVI resident and Native sits in the house or take a vacation during this time. Why this is our land and we must be proud to be a part of Emancipation. Let's Change this parade with a twist. No Bra and Panty affair.
  • Telling (10/07/2013, 11:20) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    SO? is still kill the rabbit heard all over as far as it can go
  • mAN uP (10/07/2013, 11:21) Like (1) Dislike (14) Reply
    women nothing wrong wid dey skimpy stuff,
  • No (10/07/2013, 11:27) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
    leh we massage deh pum nah
  • liberal (10/07/2013, 12:32) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    Our young people don’t have a clue that East End / Long Look is where this festival parade thing started.. Our older generation hasn't educated us enough but some of us are fully aware where this parade thing began.. East End / Long Look Festival has already made 60 years of Festival and that also need to be told. Yes the outfits that are worn in today's parade that we see each year tell us that our festival has been improving but I guess the older generation wants to see the troupes coming up the street in the same style old time outfits?
  • ooooo (10/07/2013, 12:48) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why she dont discipline that one minister who always touching up the people them chirren?
  • Self-respect (10/07/2013, 13:04) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mrs. Parsons is right. She is not advocating that the women wear the long skirts of yesteryear, but that the women show some self-respect.

    ... And we wonder where the "open" culture of molestation and disrespect of our females has come from. My two cents: public displays of gyrations, including amongst the very young in the parade, and the skimpy attire send a crystal clear message that sensuality and sexuality are for public consumption for all and sundry who want 'a feel'.

    Our festival is a celebration of emancipation. Let us keep the tawdry out of it!
  • oh really (10/07/2013, 13:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    The outfits can cover up a bit more and the vulgar displays besides the lil whining and wuk up should be left to the jouvert. We have to me mindful that young children are also brought to watch the parade and some of the vulgar displays are embarrassing.
  • ire (10/07/2013, 15:55) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
    Miss with all due respect, go back and check out in the old days when women were covering with clothes to their ankle how many of them were raped by their fathers, uncle and other men that should not even look at them in the first place.
    You need to get modernized because those same "skimpy" clothes women nowadays got more value and pride that them so call holy ones in the churches of today. You are lock in your old ways and styles but it cant work for today. if someone feels to wear something short that's there right just as much as the person wearing longs. that does not give any man or women the right to lust after or prey after that person.
  • dead (10/07/2013, 16:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    ayo leave my Miss P me love she to death
  • big bird (10/07/2013, 20:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Up lift unnu self BVI!
  • up to the time (10/07/2013, 22:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms parsons no disrespect, but freedom is not wearing a long frock ..FREEDOM....FREE from slavery. ......come on man..Every year you all come with this nonsense like you all don't know what festival is about....goshh!!
  • Juggle (12/07/2013, 02:16) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    No disrespect Ms Parsons but emancipation is all about the freedom of slavery. Where we all could free up and enjoy ourselves. In this day and age thats how the festival costumes are all around the world. In some countries they are even worst than what is being worn here in the BVI. Costumes should not be a big of a deal for Festival. Once the people are taking part and enjoying themselves thats all that matters.
  • Wonderwoman (13/07/2013, 10:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    regulating a festival about freedom is just a little too ironic. Don't do it... as far as I see it aint worth it.

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