Montserrat is an unlikely place to see mass celebrations of St Patrick’s Day but the Irish festival was in full swing on the tiny island last week.
St Patrick’s Day was on March 17 and Little Bay was the hub of the partying.
While many of Montserrat’s villages and family names still bear the legacy of Ireland’s presence during and after slavery, Montserrat’s version of St Patrick’s Day was a chance to remember the price paid in the struggle for freedom.
The landmark Montserrat Cultural Centre in Little Bay, which was built from funds raised at the historic Music for Montserrat concert in 1997 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. served as a performance centre for concerts, theatre productions and national ceremonies. It was not all partying as there were plenty of arts and cultural events too.
The Slave Feast was renamed Heritage Feast and was the highlight of the festival on St Patrick’s Day in Salem village.
Parties included Boozey Brunch, Bring U Selectah and Forward, and Wet Dreams. The very popular Leprechaun’s Revenge happened in Leprechaun’s Valley. This high-energy fete offered lots of food and drinks with multiple DJs performing throughout the night.
Revenge rolled right into Leprechaun’s Dust which was an early morning road jam with the top mas band Island Diva Mas.
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