Posted On: Friday, 25 May 2012
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Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Friday 25th May, 2012)-Thousands of revelers are expected to hit the streets on Monday, for the big j’ouvert celebrations, as the Green Valley Festival takes on a heightened period of activities, for the busy holiday Whitsun weekend.
For the organizers, the Green Valley Festival is considered the most anticipated cultural event of the year, apart from National Carnival and Culturama, (in Nevis).
The j’ouvert session is due to commence at 5:00am, with music being provided by the Xcess band and the sweetest band in the world, Small Axe.
One of the added attractions for Monday will be the well-loved “wet down” fiesta, in front of the Cayon health centre, from 11:00am-12 noon while the street breakfast is slated to take place next to the police station from 10:00am.
Officials have indicated that the afternoon session will be highlighted by the parade of troupes and bands, starting at 1:30pm, from St. Mary’s Park.
Some 14 groups and troupes have so far confirmed their participation in the parade, including, Zumi’s Auto,Sylvester’s Masquerade, the Bull, Cayon karate Guys, Cheerleaders, Linda’s Children’s troupe, Dee Dee’s Bike troupe, Moca jumbies, clowns, River Dress up Boys, newly crowned King and queen of the festival and the Sailor troupe.
Music will be provided for the parade, by the Grand Masters & Kollison bands. The last Lap presentation however will immediately follow the parade, with a jam session being planned for the Sandbox Maynard’s Park. These events will bring the festival to a close, after being launched last week Friday.
The theme for this year’s celebration is "Forget the Crime, Enjoy the Lime” Green Valley Festival 2012: Sweet Sixteen Celebration.
The festival is said to be an exposition of culture and a treasured tradition that is passed down year after year. It draws on African customs from including music, dancing and masquerades.