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Union Island Maroon Festival celebrations

Union Island Maroon Festival celebrations

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The annual Union Island Maroon Festival was held this year on May 8 and 11 in the villages of Clifton and Ashton.

Both events were coordinated by the Roots Connection Culture Club, with support from the recently established Union Island Cultural Committee, which is working towards the upkeep of cultural events on Union Island.

The group received much needed support from Palm Island Resort for the 2017 Maroon Festival.

The Maroon Festival celebrations began with a “sacrifice” that was held very early in the morning, followed by the cooking of traditional food, such as wangoo, peas, rolled rice and chicken. The food was distributed to the elderly, schoolchildren and other persons in the community.

In the evening, drumming and singing, as well as traditional dances filled the air, with much enthusiasm exhibited by the drummers, dancers and audience.

The Union Island Cultural Committee thanks all those who were involved in the planning and execution of the tasks to make the Maroon Festival events a success.

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