A scene from Market Day with a Difference in Portsmouth

Spectacular weather complimented a brief but compelling ceremony at Portsmouth on Saturday morning to kick off Market Day with a Difference in the second town.

The event formed part of Dominica’s 34th Independence Celebrations.

The event was held inside of the Portsmouth Market building and it started with a selection of songs played on the steel pan by Possie Culture Pan.

The ceremony also featured addresses by the town mayor, Cleave St. Jean, and the parliamentary representative, Ian Douglas.

Gifts were then presented to farmers and vendors in categories such as Best Dressed Vendor, Youngest Shopper, Best Decorated Stall and others.

However, the highlight of the ceremony was the sterling performances by the young cultural groups in attendance.

The newly-established St. John’s Academy performed their Flirtation Dance for which they won the national title.

The Paix Bouche Cultural Group children did a well-received performance of the Bele.

In addition, the Possie Pan Cultural Group children, did their hometown proud with a thrilling performance of the Mazouk.

Below are photos from the event.

All photos by Chad Ambo.