Whatever floats your boat
From a soca fete with some the Island’s hottest DJs to a high energy paint party with the artsy crowd — there is guaranteed to be a float for everyone at tomorrow’s Bermuda Day Parade.
The Royal Gazette caught up with organisers for some of the highly anticipated floats at this year’s event to see what people can come to expect.
Jason Sukdeo, who is organising a soca truck called Passion Bermuda, said the float would have an energy that can’t be matched. He was confident those who came out would have a good time and said their smiles alone would showcase how much they were enjoying Bermuda Day.
More than 100 people are registered to participate in the soca truck and will be wearing Passion logo shirts, which names sponsors: Digicel, Universal Electric, Positive Vibration & Fiji Water.
People from all different countries and cultures are expected to take part and encouraged to bring their flags. The Bermuda flag will of course be seen flying high tomorrow.
Mr Sukdeo said the idea for the soca truck came after having numerous positive experiences in carnivals all over the world.
He said: “Friends and I often travel to participate in carnivals yearly. The music, soca, has made it back it Bermuda and has grown tremendously over the past few years especially.
“The Bermuda Day Parade has been fortunate enough to have a pioneer in the late Choy Aming, who brought this flavour to our shores in years past.
“So the reason for hosting the truck is two fold. First to continue to grow what has been started by Choy, and other groups such as Barmuvinjam and the Trini Revelers.
”Secondly to give those that have come to like and enjoy soca music an outlet to participate in a Carnival-style experience here at home.”
Mr Sukdeo, known as DJ D’General, will be playing the latest hits and will be joined by DJ Rusty G.
Chewstick will be hosting a May 24 Bermuda Day Jouvert Truck and participants will be seen dancing through the street with colourful paints and powders.
Organiser Deidra-Lee Bean anticipates it will be a “fun, carefree time” and said anyone willing to get messy was welcome to join them on the route.
The party truck has been constructed using plywood, screws and nails; they also plan to paint a mural onto the sides “to unify the overall look of the truck”.
But the most important element of Chewstick’s float will be the people, who represent a cross-section of Bermuda, said Ms Bean.
The Chewstick Foundation started the festivities last night by hosting a drum circle with M’Bemba Bangoura. They are inviting the community to assist with the final touches of the truck tonight from 5pm onward; and will be hosting a WKD after party tomorrow night at the Chewstick Lounge.
Ms Bean said taking part in the annual parade was a “vital part” in the charity’s mission of enriching youth, arts, culture and the community.
“We are celebrating ten years of the Chewstick Movement this year and want to invite all of Bermuda to get a glimpse of the fun side of Chewstick,” she said.
“We will also be launching a new campaign to celebrate Bakatown, which Bermuda should look out for in the future.
“This will also be a fundraiser for The Chewstick Foundation so that we will be accepting donations along the route and are grateful to have the support of the Bermuda Blue Halo again this year.”
Registration to take part in Chewstick’s float closed yesterday.
The Bermuda Shriners and Spirit of Bermuda have also been preparing their floats for the Bermuda Day celebration tomorrow.