Organisers of the annual August Monday Parade have said they will be taking steps to improve the overall timing and flow of the event, which is considered a major part of the territory’s emancipation festivities.
Co-chair of the parade sub-committee Natasha Marshall told BVI news following this year’s parade that discussions will be had about improving the event’s start time.
“In the next two weeks, the parade committee we are going to sit, discuss, look at the areas where we fell short and plan for next year. I know one of the things is the start time of the parade,” Marshall said.
“We have been discussing it — may be looking at a 2 o’clock start as opposed to a 12 o’clock start because of the J’ouvert situation. People need time to recuperate and catch themselves,” she added.
Meanwhile, one of the changes to this year’s parade was having two judging stations.
In explaining the reason behind the change, she said: “What we realized from previous years is that the village wasn’t getting the support and the people weren’t spread out throughout the entire route, so what we decided to do is to have two judging stations so that people could be able to see the length of the parade and enjoy it in every end.”
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