Best Village Celebrates 50 years
Thursday, January 10 2013 @ 10:59 AM AST
Contributed by: NicolaJoseph
The residents of Quarry Road, Morne Diable were treated to a parade of Moko Jumbies, Indian Dancers and African Drummers on the morning of Sunday 6th January, 2013. The procession was part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition (a programme of the Ministry of Community Development). The parade along Quarry Road ended at the St Martin de Porres R.C. Church where the Ministry hosted a Thanksgiving Service to usher in the year of celebrations.
“This morning we begin this 50 year celebration by giving thanks for the successes of Best Village. Over the years ‘Best Village’ has made an invaluable contribution to community spirit, national pride and the preservation of true “Trinbagonian” culture, said Donna Ferraz, Permanent Secretary (Ag.), Ministry of Community Development speaking on behalf of the Community Development Minister, the Honourable Winston ‘Gypsy’ Peters.
Also speaking at the Thanksgiving Service was Gwendolyn Salick, Coordinator, Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy Competition. She indicated why the Morne Diable Community was selected for the first event, “Between the years 1974 and 1981, the Morne Diable Folk Performers won the Best Village Competition five times. This feat made them one of the premier groups of the Best Village Competition and one that several groups modelled themselves after.”
The Thanksgiving service continued with a symbolic offertory from the nine (9) categories of the Competition, a dance by the Shashamane Cultural Ensemble and closed with music from the La Divina Pastora Parang Group.
The national community can look forward to two events from the Best Village Unit between January and February, 2013.
Traditions of Carnival Saturday 19 January, 2013 Edingburgh 500 Grounds, Chaguanas 10:00 a.m.
Camboulay Re-enactment Friday 8 February, 2013 Piccadilly Greens, Port of Spain 5:00 a.m.
Caption One: Permanent Secretary, Ms Donna Ferraz delivers the feature address at the Thanksgiving service
Caption Two: A young member of the Shashamane Cultural Ensemble displays her outfit
CREDITS: Information provided by the Ministry's Best Village Unit
Photos courtesy the Ministry's Communications Unit