SUPPORTING GRENADA’S CARNIVAL CULTURE FOR THE FUTURE
Written by ALLYDAY on August 16, 2017
Brimming with pageantry and artistic expression linked to Grenada’s, African, French, British and Caribbean heritage, Carnival is colourful, humorous and full of surprises. This is a time when the nation comes together to enjoy the celebration of its history and culture in the most picturesque manner. And welcomes hundreds of visitors to do the same.
One week before Carnival Saturday, the main events are preceded by the Children’s Carnival Frolic, held this year on Saturday 5th August at the National Stadium. The importance of this event lies in the opportunity it affords, generations of young Grenadians to be involved with, and learn about, the importance of Carnival as a cultural expression and part of their heritage. These young participants will be the next generation of masqueraders; playing ‘mas and the keepers of the country’s traditions and culture.
With this important baton pass of responsibility in mind, Guardian General Insurance (OECS) Ltd. once again lent its support to Commancheros & Associates – ‘This Is Us!’ through the sponsorship of the children’s pageantry section of the band. The Children’s Carnival Folic began with Junior Panorama, where eight bands competed, followed by the individual traditional and fancy masquerades portrayals.
Mr. Ronald Hughes, Managing Director of Guardian General Insurance (OECS) Ltd. commented, “We see this as a golden opportunity to make our culture come alive for children, from a very young age. Our commendation goes to the band organisers for the extra time investment and their tenacious efforts to seek the financial support required to ensure that the Children’s Frolic remains an integral part of our annual Spice Mas Carnival events. It also allows a window for showcasing the talent of the nation’s youths, and may even give them access to the regional and international arena. That’s why we are very pleased to have been able to support Commancheros & Associates over the past five years to date.”