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This is not an expat Carnival!– Donald E. de Castro

- commentator says Territory has long way to go in truly representing Emancipation Festival; says RT Festival a complete disaster!
“A complete disaster,” were the words of commentator and social activist Mr Donald E. deCastro in describing the Road Town segment of the just ended 2013 Emancipation Festival Parade. Photo: VINO
The outspoken commentator said that organisers had a long way to go in getting the Emancipation Festival back to what it should truly represent and said examples should be taken from the Carrot Bay celebrations. Photo: VINO/File
The outspoken commentator said that organisers had a long way to go in getting the Emancipation Festival back to what it should truly represent and said examples should be taken from the Carrot Bay celebrations. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “A complete disaster,” were the words of commentator and social activist Mr Donald E. deCastro in describing the Road Town segment of the just ended 2013 Emancipation Festival Parade.

He expressed that the stark contrast between the Road Town and Carrot Bay Festivals were like chalk and cheese.

According to de Castro, the St George’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church troupe that participated in the RT parade was the only one that made sense. He cited this inclusion as an improvement on celebrations from previous years.

“I think they had a troupe there saying experience Panama. What [does] Panama have to do with our culture?” he asked.

He also noted there were promotions highlighting aspects of St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and stated emphatically that this had nothing to do with the local culture. “Carrot Bay was a superior thing, it’s shameful,” de Castro expressed.

The outspoken commentator said that organisers had a long way to go in getting the Emancipation Festival back to what it should truly represent and said examples should be taken from the Carrot Bay celebrations.

He also called for the inclusion of other islands and villages within the Territory in the annual Emancipation celebrations, “They have to include Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda. This is a Virgin Islands Festival, not an expat carnival! This thing [is] catering to expats…” he said.

de Castro also felt that more could be done to involve school children in the Virgin Islands history and culture than is currently being done.

“They had more half naked women and half naked children than they had in any other parade,” he remarked.

The commentator said he was annoyed at the irony that Festival Chairman, Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden and Culture Minister Hon. Myron V. Walwyn were giving ‘big ups’ during the Carrot Bay Festiville Opening for the level of cultural involvement even as they were the persons responsible for the Territory’s Emancipation Festival overall.

He said more troupes were needed that represented the VI culture and noted the absence of funji bands from this year’s parade. “We have got to get it back…” de Castro said, “When they put a troupe at our Festival that is supposed to represent our culture and our history.”

78 Responses to “This is not an expat Carnival!– Donald E. de Castro”

  • guyana massive (13/08/2013, 08:13) Like (40) Dislike (43) Reply

    DD need to sit down he old self is it not an expact suffered through the five minutes to make him a father which local would put that old disgusting troll on them

    • Hmm (13/08/2013, 09:02) Like (50) Dislike (30) Reply
      in him and all other BVIslanders, Its your carnival put more into it. This joker was never involved but want to be the 1st to critic, YOU Mr DeCastro Put A Troupe and show us how its supposed to be done
      • xxxxxxxx (13/08/2013, 09:46) Like (15) Dislike (63) Reply
        the man is right keeping speaking truth to power Donald!!!
      • . (13/08/2013, 10:39) Like (8) Dislike (44) Reply
        Can you read at all? He is a social activist, not a social convenor or festival organizer. We have people paid to organise OUR FESTIVAL, time they did their job and stop letting fast and forward foreigners do it for them.
      • BVI Gal (15/08/2013, 18:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
        Get it right - it's our "festival" - and we don't go to your country and dictate how you conduct your "carnival".
      • Local (01/09/2013, 14:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Guyana massive

        You are a bit too harsh but I get your message. Some locals like to use expats but believe the expats must otherwise be quiet and not express themselves. Typical slave-master thinking. Donald must realize that everyone, local or expat, living in the BVI must be free to celebrate and contribute to festival.
    • 5 minutes or less (13/08/2013, 10:34) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      • Str8Nose (13/08/2013, 17:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        WOW!! 5 minutes! come to think of it thats a long time check it out. Hold you breath for 5 minutes and you think its a 1/2 hour.
    • . (13/08/2013, 12:38) Like (18) Dislike (51) Reply
      I sure no one wants your disgusting self on them either. If a Guyanese choose to put herself under a "old disgusting troll" that is she business, but it has nothing to do with the valid points he makes about OUR Festival, a celebration of OUR culture.
    • the rock (13/08/2013, 13:16) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
      your post should of not make it to the public..u are a disgrace Guyana massive!
    • Yes (13/08/2013, 14:30) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      lol -- waddaa!!!!
    • BVI Lady (13/08/2013, 22:42) Like (9) Dislike (5) Reply
      I agree with Mr. Donald de Castro
      A man culture is his culture and BVI has lost its culture and history.
      Furthermore, when you attend Trinidad carnival, it is about its culture in Trinidad. What is wrong with the people of the BVI. It is a shame. Yes we can have outside participation but our history must remain. Everything is imported in the BVI
      • @bvi lady (17/08/2013, 11:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yes true, but facts is, things are done last minute here, people are lazy, they are non committal and further most of the people who spouting pro bvi did not actively participate in the celebrations whether parade, village, etc. they just live to criticize and say nothing positive. Another discrepancy, people blog bvi bvi and we need to include others but when u do include the 'expat' thing is talked and talked, u want participation but then complain when others help celebrate your unique and lovely culture. If that's the case then ban all 'non belongers' from your parade and make it a true 100% vi thing and see what kinda parade, etc you will have, I would love to see that and then read the blogs afterwards. We claim in this country to accept all other races, creeds, etc, but actions prove that the norm and attitude is usually the same and is displayed by locals than spoken. Dislikes will come, its okay, cause although I am an indigenous bvislander I talk it as I see it.
  • Blak (13/08/2013, 08:36) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well he have a point cause my children was on the Panama vibes and although beautiful I was like what does this troupe have to do with Tortola emancipation festival. But hey, what do I know check, anyways maybe you should just change the vibes to a regular carnival like STT or TT. So when everybody act "WUTLESS" like Mr. DeCastro claims people wouldn't be offended. Just a suggestion...don't judge me HA!
  • one love (13/08/2013, 08:36) Like (21) Dislike (17) Reply
    Are we ALL not brothers and sisters--no matter where we come from?? Talk about blatant racism!!! Lighten up, don't hate!! Peace!
    • CONFUSE (13/08/2013, 10:28) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ one love

      Do you know what racism is don't confuse bias/prejudice with racism, you dilute the damages caused by racism when you confuse the two.

      Can't be upset at Decastro a people that refuse to have a standard/expectation is doom to die or be enslaved!!!

      What are we celebrating emancipation or VI culture or both, Please define.
    • . (13/08/2013, 10:44) Like (7) Dislike (35) Reply
      Actually, no, we are not all brothers and sisters, in fact, I don't even know you. If you are from St.Kitts, Antigua, Anguilla, USVI, yes, odds are we are some kind of family and share cultural and family values. But if you are from Jamaica, Trinidad, Santo or Philippines, we have little or nothing in common.

      All that is besides the point. Even family respects their brothers' home. They don't come in, crap on all the furniture and paint over the place to suit themselves!
      • @. (13/08/2013, 12:08) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
        Actually, given the history of these Virgin Islands, you may well be related to a "Santo". There are many people from the DR who bear surnames like Harrigan, Vanterpool, Rhymer, etc. etc. who are descended from the men from these islands who went there to cut sugar cane and started second families there. Many of us find it an uncomfortable truth that many of the "Santos" are belongers by descent, but that discomfort doesn't make it any less truth!
        • . (13/08/2013, 12:42) Like (6) Dislike (25) Reply
          No discomfort here. I am well aware of the history, but given the conduct of these Santo women in this place, they CLAIM the children belong to BVI men, but really?? Really???? I think that is a convenient story they tell to give them a passport out of their life of poverty in DR. How many BVI man are raising pork child for these women? I know quite a few!
        • check again (13/08/2013, 13:43) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
          remember to that some DR people come to the bvi and get names from gravesites and go back to DR to falsify a birth certificate. once that is done then can come to bvi and claim rights. this problem been happening in St. Kitts and Anguilla.
      • Missy (13/08/2013, 14:56) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
        I agree DD......i hope they study what you say and all the expats stay home next year and you will see not much ppl for the shows neither to perform or to support. You damn idiot..most locals travel out of country until festival is done so its just the expats and few locals to support.
        • Dodo (14/08/2013, 09:28) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
          U sound sooo silly. Imagine if the expats stay home, who is gonna have a parade? Have of those people are expats and joining in with the locals on their culture and achievements.
  • serious? (13/08/2013, 08:39) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    "A complete disaster"? nono.... not true at all
  • Show us (13/08/2013, 08:48) Like (41) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why don't you organize a troupe for the 60th and show us how it's done? This guy has a PHD in complaining.
  • snake (13/08/2013, 08:50) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    What has he ever done but TALK. Why don't he do something constructive to set an example. Disgusted!
  • mother hen (13/08/2013, 08:53) Like (15) Dislike (7) Reply
    oh lord this moo moo again strupps
  • Expat (13/08/2013, 09:10) Like (18) Dislike (34) Reply
    Who do you think make this country economy stable? EXPATS...Cause we are the one who support the local make place and shop local. I sure you have a houe or building EXPATS living inside, thats how you survive. So old boy stay quiet.
    • Ajic (13/08/2013, 09:57) Like (9) Dislike (37) Reply
      Dont fool yourself with or without expats the BVI will survive. We have always been a strong and resourceful people.
      • Hmm (13/08/2013, 10:25) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
        I wish the expats would one day put that theory to the test cause alot of bvislanders subscribe to it.. and no i am not an expat so you cant tell me go back no where but virgin gorda
      • Expat (13/08/2013, 12:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        How do you think you get up todate news? Find that one out and come back....Resourceful yo say....
    • . (13/08/2013, 10:53) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Why don't you go back to your sex-tourism career in the Philippines and stay out of our business? The August Festival is OUR cultural celebration and is not subject to input, participation or criticism from ignorant people like you.
      • Wonderwoman (15/08/2013, 15:12) Like (0) Dislike (6) Reply
        You think that is something to say. Get off these blogs. You are absolutely embarrassing... a disgrace...
  • Eagle (13/08/2013, 09:35) Like (2) Dislike (15) Reply
    Instead he go on his knees and pray and ask god for forgiveness for when his time comes to meet his maker.he out there talking about expat carnival.
  • Reveler (13/08/2013, 09:35) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok Mr. De Castro - we are holding you to your conviction. Organize a troupe next year with all the cultural flavors. If you can't do that, then shut up and leave the doers to do their thing. That goes for all the Talkers to.
  • wongchichi (13/08/2013, 10:19) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
    I saw pictures of the church troupe.... afican kings n queens i think it was. Only one question which african king or queen was a member of any of the major christian religions back in the day? next question we wish to hold true to our roots and culture yet embrace current social and economic standards, that cannot work you cannot wish to be in the past and the future at the same time it doesn't add up.

    people like these wish for us to embrace a culture they themselves don't support. The culture back then did not allow for greed and wickedness of such rampant nature but these same people are cutting each others throats but would like us to go back to the days of our forefathers. nonsense.

    Furthermore if you look into african culture and even see some of the untouched tribes in the furthest reaches of the african continent and even some of those that have adapted to modern day society. watch them celebrate see the gyrations, see the garb. clothes were a thing brought onto us by slave masters if you wish to go into history, the africans that came across were usually barely clothed and had hardly much clothes on their backs while working in the fields. And even upon emancipation how many newly freed slaves had dashikis and so forth.

    And lastly before the good church goes off emulating the african sovereigns of yesteryear I think they should remember that many times those same kings and queens sold hundreds of their people into slavery in return for goods.
    • . (14/08/2013, 10:19) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      We are not African, get that straight. We are Virgin Islanders (British) and as such we have our own unique history and culture which includes our African roots, yes, and also our slavery history, our emancipation history and our modern history. We embrace all of it, because all of it made us who we are today. Philippines and Panama, nor Jamaica are not a part of our history or culture. Nor do we want them to be.
  • Youth (13/08/2013, 10:55) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    Old people need to be seen, not heard. lmao. Donald, go sit down in your rocking chair
  • vi (13/08/2013, 11:05) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why he don't go to Portugal where his father from and see how they celebrate their carnival
    • oops (13/08/2013, 11:26) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sometime some people forget how them family use to treat we from outter country.We could not drink from the same cup. That's some kind of slavery in those days.
    • . (13/08/2013, 12:45) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
      Because he is not from Portugal, he is a BVIslander. And doesn't that burn all the expat them skin! How many times do we have to tell you: this is not your home. Behave yourself! Respect your hosts!
      • jj (15/08/2013, 07:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        True that, a bvislander like all the children that born here, whats the deference, Donald parents or one of his parents were not from here, tell me whats the deference, moomoo.
        • . (15/08/2013, 13:36) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          But one of his parents WAS from here, and his birth is a legitimate one, THAT is the "deference." And you got the nerve to be calling people moomoo.
  • Lion heart (13/08/2013, 11:29) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    As you see the different carnivals that happen around the Caribbean , there is something that make people come out to see. One day your saying that the tourism is down and no tourist are coming to the BVI next minute you saying that the carnival was no success. Most of the people that attend the carnival is tourist, they dance away and spend there money. As for the younger people it might loose the culture but there should have a day of just culture.

    Time is changing, if there is no change there wont be no success to what the BVI is looking for. Look at where most of YOUR money is coming from people coming and buying your products you do not know if they are expats unless you know them.

    If you do not want to change its on you but if there is a diversity of people that are looking to share there culture it is a good thing. If more children are open up to more cultures they will understand what other know and go thru.
  • . (13/08/2013, 12:47) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let them have their own events to celebrate and promote their culture, this event is OURS. God knows there is little left in this country that we can claim as our own. And by the way, no tourist is coming to the BVI for no Festival. Get that straight.
    • oops (13/08/2013, 14:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Telling (13/08/2013, 12:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Uh huh (13/08/2013, 13:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don't hear Donny boy offering to run next years festival. Go sit down.
    • x factor (13/08/2013, 14:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      lets get Donald in a float for next year I want to design the words
  • point (13/08/2013, 13:14) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Donald has a point but......
  • straight talk (13/08/2013, 14:42) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    i wonder if people realized that some one some where over the world read these comments. it seems like the BVI is a time bomb ready to explode ( Local-Exp.) Why can't human beings begin to act civilized and act less like "crabs in a barrel" Do you know why America is such a powerful nation? It embrace everyone and everyone work alongside each otherr to build the nation. Not tearing each other apart. Locals are so busy lambasing each other as Caribbean brothers and sisters that they forger to look at the North American and the Uk's who are slowly creeping in buying the best lands and and controlling the top jobs. Leave the Minister and The Festival planners to do theit work. Look at the bigger picture !!!
  • SO WHAT (13/08/2013, 15:12) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think that donald De Castro should truely come out next year with a troupe that will depict the past history of the Virgin Islands. So others will take a partern from him and lets have things change for the better. This years vesitival was nothing like the past. People did not participate especially EXPARTs because the blame has been placed on them for changing the Festival to a Carnival. Good observation Donald.
  • mm (13/08/2013, 15:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Festival (13/08/2013, 15:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Note to DECASTRO AND SUPPORTERS Just some quick points to Mr. Decastro and his supporters aren't the people who own these troupes are BVISLANDERS an I'm quite sure they are indigenous Virgin Islanders as well. How much they have learnt during there school days about slavery and emancipation I guess not much, we as Virgin Islanders needs to put more emphasis into our culture our music and stop sitting back and running down island people we got to man up and stop these bickering. How many countries in the world keep a calypso show for free only BVI disrespect to all the calypsonians how many born here calypsonians was apart of that show exactly where is our culture and heritage going how many born here people operate a booth during the festival exactly so who is really keeping our culture alive
  • Blame everything on expats (13/08/2013, 15:43) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    You call that an expat carnival? Please! You wish!.... Don't worry, it's still dead and boring as ever.
  • boycott (13/08/2013, 16:44) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    We expats should boycott their so call festival next year
    • . (13/08/2013, 23:22) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
      Please do. And while you are at it, why don't you go home and stay there? I am sure there are some sex tourists lining up for your services!
  • $$ (13/08/2013, 17:53) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    I've never seen him turn down ex-pat $$$$
  • race for the cause (13/08/2013, 19:08) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok people the fet is over time for the next one its 60 baby!!!!!
  • Real Talk (13/08/2013, 19:59) Like (2) Dislike (14) Reply
    Ssshhh! Wait for the next shoe to drop on this suibject .... Oh, wait she can't wear shoes anymore.
  • Missy (13/08/2013, 20:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply

    Wait a bit! He runs a business right? We need not to use our expat money to support that old conceited man. He should be praying and trying to catch up with God for all those times he spent doing ev!l he trying to cause a rival.

  • This man is poison (13/08/2013, 22:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The indigenous Virgin Islanders hop on the planes and ferry and leave during this time. The expats are here supporting this event form start to end. Evening bringing their children and family to the island. This is a fact. Minus the expats and see what 'festival' you have. Mind your comments DeCastro.
  • dudeska (13/08/2013, 23:13) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think the real point of this whole conversation with Donald,is if you know him well he is a patriot of the highest order.trouble is the highest order of patriot is so high that id hw was Chief of Immigration,noone would be let in. Well Donald I would say this to u,your soapbox is good and we all like it,it adds to the community talkshow,soaps etc,but come on Donald,get a life mon,from what I can tell you have 15 years and counting,add on a few more for resilience eh ?
    We love you man but come on,give your energy to eco or v=green or something just not this right now
    Love ya bro...

    • . (14/08/2013, 10:26) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      Sorry, I support the green causes to the utmost but honestly there is not a more urgent issue that the loss of BVI culture and citizenship rights. It is a national emergency of the highest order. I know we BVIslanders are short on national pride, we love all that comes from abroad, from food to women to music and fashion, but for God`s sake we need to wake up before all we have is gone.

      We need more like Donald DeCastro, not less.
  • JP (13/08/2013, 23:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
  • Keep Calm (14/08/2013, 09:30) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    How would u critics feel if all the troupes boycott for the 60th????? Ya'll need to KEEP CALM!!!!! Before you really see a complete disaster next year when it don't got no troupes on da road!!!!!
    • . (14/08/2013, 10:30) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      If it have one old man and a donkey it would be preferable to all the vulgarity, nakedness and carnality I see now, and I am not even a big Christian. I love carnival, don`t get me wrong, but that is NOT OUR CULTURE!

      So go ahead. Do us the favour that we cannot seem to do for ourselves. Boycott the August. Boycott the whole country! And let us get to work to salvage our own culture and country for our kids and grand. Give us the incentive to stay home and participate rather than leave to avoid the sight of our streets and our festival overrun by foreigners.
      • Really???!!! (14/08/2013, 14:40) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        Yeah right!!!! Try to convince yourself, salvage what??? You will right in the line trying to get out as fast as a speeding bullet!!!
  • vincyman (14/08/2013, 12:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
  • Really??!! (14/08/2013, 14:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I really don't know what to say with you BVIslanders!! I sometimes wonder if we have Peeble for a brain. It's not hard to figure out that the BVI will struggle without foreigners. I just wish that next year no foreigner or expats, as you all so like to call them don't participate and see what will happen to you all so call cultural festival. Matter of fact, they all need to just pack up and go back where so ever they come from and see what will happen since the BVI so don't need expats for nothing. You guys complain about everything and fail to realize that the BVIslanders (but not when it comes to blabbering their mouth though) fall short in a lot of places that's why they depend on expats. As far as I realize only a certain few are being looked down the nose at when you all talking about expats but for those of you whose mind to small to realize it, its not only Vincentians, Jamaicans, Dominican, Barbadians etc... are expats. Americans, Canadians, Panamanians Europeans are also expats.
  • Statistics (14/08/2013, 15:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well, what do you expect when 60% of the people who live here are from somewhere else, which means it will take them 25+ years to be allowed to be from here?
  • Yes (15/08/2013, 22:45) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    What do you BV Islanders want? Hello majority of the people taking part in the parade are expats... The BV Islanders should lead the way in their festival. Then every one else will follow.
  • Peaches (16/08/2013, 12:32) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Donald is quite right! The nakedness of the women during this time of the year is appaling to say the least! they have no kinda shame exposing there bodies to the whole world! shame! they must find out if this is the way our ancestors was dressed when they first celebrated their freedom from slavery! I don't care about the festival anymore and the celebrations, I am just happpy for the 3 days off!
  • I say so (17/08/2013, 08:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    some of you guys comments are very hurtful u cant say what he is saying is wrong we as people we need to choose weather we want festival or carnival because festival is some thing that is some thing that we as the bvi bring back from the past we have to choose or we have to have to sections carnival and festival ...
  • usa (17/08/2013, 16:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Come on the 60th anniversary is coming up so ayo better not spoil the fun!!!
  • the big ticket (18/08/2013, 12:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    mehson geh your old self from here you wan we go back like the great mr.elmore stout use to say forward ever backward never
  • fedup (19/08/2013, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Donald need to spread love not hate. Ras Uhuru spent time in Jail [Cell 5] fighting for Virgin Islanders to have freedom in their land.He united Expats and Virgin Islanders. He opened his business for all to come, to sit down and relax,wait for your Ferry or Bus. Donald changed that as soon as he arrived. you could not pass thru there, you could not ask for nothing there.Today Cell 5 is no more,people keep away from there. It is all because of the hate that Donald is speaking.Bring back the Love, that is what your Culture is. It's Love for all mankind. Everyone should participate in Festival. People express their freedom in different ways.that's why it is Emancipation,to forbid a person from expressing their freedom is a form of Slavery.

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