As part of pre-Carnival activities, the community of Grand Bay will be hosting an event dubbed ‘Broth on the Boulevard’ on Friday (January 30) on the Pierre Charles Boulevard.
The Grand Bay Village Council has been organizing the event for many years but it has gone dormant and efforts are now being made to resuscitate it.
Chairman of the Council, Edward Registe, promised that the event will be an exciting street party featuring the best of Dominican music, with four major bands on the line-up: the Midnight Groovers, Extacy Band, First Seranade Band and Triple Kay Global.
There will be a variety of local cuisine available, according to Registe.
The event is being sponsored by Josephine Gabriel and Company, Heineken Beer and is expected to begin at 8:00pm.
On February 7, the Council will host the opening of Mas Grand Bay 2015 which will take the form of a parade from the community centre down to Ma Tou Tou’s park through the main street in Grand Bay.
“On parade will have contestants from various shows that are being organized in Grand Bay,” Registe said.
He said Grand Bay Carnival has always been a traditional celebration of the “Real Mas.”
“When the traditional Carnival was abandon by most of Dominica, Grand Bay cherished that heritage particularly in the form on the Sensay costumes and other traditional Mas,” he sated.
Registe noted that keeping the traditional Carnival in Grand Bay was done “at the risk of breaking the law.”
“But we treasured it because we felt that it was part of us, it was our African heritage and so we are happy today that Dominica is able to embrace the traditional Mas once again and Grand Bay certainly must be recognized for the role it played in preserving the Real Mas,” he said.