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Toni Yarde

Crop Over flavour

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When the Oistins fish festival climaxes on Monday, Easter bank holiday, children will masquerade in the first-ever Festival Parade at Oistins in Christ Church.
As part of this year’s new-look festival, youngsters will be revelling from Dover Playing Field, Christ Church, to Oistins at 3 p.m.
The concept of the event seeks to “inject a cultural boost into the festival”. Organizers decided to target children between the ages of 13 and 16, offering free costumes as part of a community initiative.
When the DAILY?NATION visited renowned designer Betty West on Wednesday evening, she and her team were hard at work.
She was beaming as she spoke of what value such an event could add to the festival.
“Our theme is about the ocean. My first thought was, ‘Let’s move the ocean up to the streets’. We have dancers, sailors, children dressed in costumes depicting fish and the beauty of the ocean,” she said.
With the colours of the ocean adorning her mas’ camp location, West paused briefly to talk about her involvement in the parade.
“It’s a good jump-start to Crop Over. I love working with the kids. But, because of the distance of the parade we are not allowing children below a certain age to take part,” she said.
“I am sure this event will add some colour and culture to the annual Oistins Fish Festival,” the designer said.
The Oistins Fish Festival starts officially tomorrow.