CARRIACOU MAROON FESTIVAL 2005
||The Festival, in its 4th year will come under the Grenada Board of Tourism all-embracing marketing buzz-phrase Grenada Got it.
But when it comes to indigenous culture shall we say Carriacou Got It. However, as always the Festival epitomizes food, music and culture comes together.
And in a nutshell, people. Gelling and uniting people. People of Carriacou and Petite Martinique. People of Grenada and the wider Caribbean. Celebrating our indomitable spirit, a spirit that will never die. That is the energy of Maroons in Carriacou, bringing people together, eating, drinking, dancing and celebrating.
The Festival as always, will be held at Heritage Village, Belair Park. Note please, the new buzz phrase Heritage Village. This is the flag project of the Grenada Board of Tourism.
At the completion of the project, well over $1million XCD will be invested on the development with the Board being the main contributor along with several corporate sponsors, community stakeholders and some direct inputs from Government of Grenada.
The village should feature a theme park, indigenous architecture, boat-building heritage, the performing arts and of course home for Carriacou Maroon Festival. It is hailed as first of its kind in Grenada and is the fervent dream of the major stakeholders to make it a Caribbean landmark.
Against this background, we invite you to participate and indeed celebrate with us Carriacou Maroon Festival 2005.
The Friday is an all day Maroon celebration. Witness the pre-dawn food celebrations with its paraphernalias and libations. Even the killing of the animals is pregnant with rituals.
At 6:00AM watch the wetting of the ground and the sounding of horns. Then the hectic pace begins. Huge pots astride on three-stones. The tri-contraption reminds us of food, music and dancing, or earth, sea and air. The drums shall be ringing all day long, non-stop. The rice and coo-coo rolling, and this is by no means an easy feat. Bask in a scintillating aroma of smoke-food that will leave you captivated if not hypnotize. And when you think that it is all over, the drumming and music will cast its final magical spell into the midnight hour. What happens next is left to your imagination and desires.
You are invited for more smoke food on Saturday. From lunch time to 7:00pm. In the interim, tour the site and bask in sheer nature. Visit the art booth and several other booths that will display the indigenous skills of our people. Or simple try your hands in any skill of your liking. But by 8:00pm seat and relax in our ingenious amphitheatrical setting and watch unfold before you a matrix of Caribbean Culture. You have to be here because its does not stop until 4:00 in the morning.
On Sunday, we will fuse it and mix it up just for you. From 4:00PM until you say when. And as you say good-bye to your newfound friends you will gladly add CIAO! Au REVOIR!
See you next year.