VICA’s Melissa Potter who was part of the organizing team said the decision to host the parade was a last-minute one to ensure the culture of that end of the Islands is upheld in some form.
The parade moved off from the Major Bay area and proceeded along the main road, into Long Look, and culminated at the Greenland field.
The association had two past Queens from the East End/Long Look community Mrs. Medita Wheatley and Ms. Jennifer Penn, the latter a resident of Texas and is currently in the VI for a Family Reunion.
The event also featured the Prince and Princess 2022 winners along with the Mr and Ms Junior BVI 2022 winners, Parade Marshall Ms. Tjodi Penn Foster, and Mrs. Darlene Smith-Daly, who is also visiting the VI.
Cultural displays included the farming (garden) display by Mr. Radford Potter, the coal pit display by Ms. Bereniece Freeman, the ram goat and farmer live display by Kiddo Frett, and the fish pot and boat display from the HLSCC Marine center and Kats program.
Other displays were made by Mrs. Perline Scatliffe Lennard along with African dancing via a youth group organized by Mrs Scatliffe-Leonard and more agriculture displays.
According to Ms Potter, “The old time rollers were made by Mr. Radford Potter for others to run on the road having fun. The ole-time bicycle rider Mr. Mario Pickering. He display sand, gravel, and cement in his tray... it depicted how they carried building supplies on a Donkey etc.”
The afternoon ended with music provided by Mr. Emmanuel in his super groovy sound and Live entertainment on the Greenland field by 'The DC'.