Parade Day & Culture Show
MSU’s campus came alive on Friday as the bands took to the streets and participated in the 2014 Caribfest Parade. This year, for the first year since the parade started, the participating bands vied for the title, BGIEC Band of the Year.The title was snatched by the Flag Wavers with Depruh’s Behaving The Worst (BTW) Band coming close behind in 2nd the road were Pretty Mas, Jouvert (Jab Jab and Blue Devils), Our Band, ASO, MISA, Hirschi High School Band and Cheerleaders and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club. The revelers jammed as many spectated from the sidelines for about an hour around the block of campus where Dillard College, McCoy Engineering and Ferguson Building, among other facilities, are situated.Revelers with water guns sprayed their band members as the parade proceeded along the route. Some even wore yellow suits complete with masks bearing a sarcastic message on their back which read “No Chikungunya”.
Immediately after the Parade, hundreds filled the Quad to watch the Culture Show. An award of honor was presented to Dr. Jesse Rogers, who will be retiring in August 2015, in recognition of his instrumental role in the initiating of the Caribbean Recruitment Program. The award was presented by Ms. Caribfest, Indira Placide. Mr. Neil Cochrane and Mr. Neville Thomas also received awards for their contribution to the Caribbean Students Organization. CSO’s President, Donna-Lisa Nelson, then gave Presidential remarks. In the opening number, five dancers performed to Belong to a Flag while fifteen flags of nations represented in the student body were presented as the nation’s name was announced. Cheers erupted from persons in the crowd when their respective flag was called. On the line up were the Midwestern Indian Student Association (MISA) and the African Student Organization (ASO) who did cultural dances to ethnic music. Dynamic Dancers also did a dance. The MSU Caribbean Pan Ensemble played soca hits HMA and Nah Going Home under the direction of Zahra Lake. Flag Wavers did an excellent job in their special performance to the audience’s delight. The Culture Show culminated with Soca Queen Tarina Simon performing her song, Alice in Wonderland. Hosting the Culture Show were Yonel Hunte and Theolette Simon.
Long lines at the Food and Drink Stand resulted in the finishing of a lot of dishes very early but overall it was a Caribfest day well spent. The Caribfest Committee did an exceptional job in organizing all the events for this year’s celebration. Special shout out to the Culture Committee. Decorations Committee, Fundraising Committee and Food Committee for all the hard work they put into ensuring that Caribfest would be a success. Caribfest 2014 was truly LARGE and IN-CHARGE!!! 20 Years of Pure Caribbean Vybz…TASTE the culture, FEEL the culture, LIVE the culture!