KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, March 29, IWN – Organisers of Union Island Easterval are promising patrons and visitors to the Southern Grenadine island a weekend of non-stop fun.
“As in previous years, Union is a place where people can come down and feel free. It is just a free up time,” Abdon Whyte, chair of the Union Island Easterval Committee, told I-Witness News today – Friday.
“Persons travelling to Union can expect a fun-packed weekend. There are activities all over the place. You can do some kite surfing, go on the beach, travel to the Tobago Cays, you can take in some nice pageantry and j’ouvert,” he said.
“It is just about fun and excitement non-stop. We just keep going and going and going,” Whyte further told I-Witness News.
The weekend kicks off Friday evening with basketball and netball competitions, followed by a white fete.
“This is the fourth year, you have one of the biggest fetes for the Easter weekend,” he said.
Saturday is Festival Day, with food exhibitions at Hugh Mulzac Square and other celebrations.
Saturday night, Antiguan band Burning Flames will perform in Union Island for the first time in more than 20 years.
Local artistes Fireman Hooper and First Lady will also perform during the show.
Sunday night, nine young ladies, from across the region will compete in the
Miss Easterval 2013 pageant.
Contestants come from Venezuela, Margarita, Trinidad and Tobago, Carriacou, Union Island, Mayreau, St. Vincent, Barbados and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The show is followed by an after party and then j’ouvert on Monday.
Night Mas takes place Monday night.
But Whyte told I-Witness News that his committee is concerned that a private promoter is staging a wet fete on Saturday.
“One of the reasons why we are concerned is that last year, although the show was well attended, we thought that it could have been even better attended, and we had to start later, because the wet fete was in close proximity and we had to wait for out patrons to finish there and come over and all of that.
“And what we are saying this weekend is when we have to make our money to pay for the festival. … We were sort of disappointed that every year we apply for permission to have this festival and permission is given to a private promoter for the second or third straight to have this event around the same time that we are having our event,” he told I-Witness News.
“We are the organisers of the festival and we thought that at least we should have been given at least a little more preference over them, in terms of they ending their event before ours start,” he said.