Great Borough Day celebrations
The scintillating sounds of pan reverberated throughout the streets of the borough of Arima on Saturday as part of the 125th anniversary celebrations—a fitting culmination to the series of events that spanned a period of almost two months during the Arima Fest celebrations.
The Borough Day celebrations have been revived with inclusion once more of pan music that had previously been excluded. Jouvert showcased rhythm sections, tassa and pan on the move that accompanied eight bands originating in far-off areas as Paramin and Rio Claro.
Despite very heavy weather, both single pans and conventional bands drew large crowds of pan enthusiasts and supporters, who enjoyed the music of some of the popular bands from Arima, including Angel Harps, Melodians and T’dad Nostalgic. While Pan Elites performed exceptionally well, and Cordettes, Desperadoes and others really entertained the crowed, the night belonged to Renegades—a splendid performance.
Preceding the day’s activities, a health fair, a food fair and a beauty pageant were held, and these were followed by a box cart derby—a novelty event and was held for the second time in the borough. Highlights also included a military parade, a thanksgiving service and an awards ceremony in which previous mayors of Arima, including Norman Kistow, were honoured.
The organising committee, spear-headed by Deputy Mayor Patricia Cedeno Metivier, must be highly commended in its efforts to revive these celebrations in the borough. This has been a huge success over the past two years and has served to unite our people, as well as provide enjoyment and entertainment for children and adults alike.
The visible presence of the protective services did prove to be significant, as there were no incidents to mar the celebrations.