By Sonje Greenidge - Journalist
Updated 2:58 PM AST, Fri Aug 05, 2022
(PLTM) - Deputy Premier and Representative for the 5th District Hon. Kye Rymer told BVI Platinum News that this year's Emancipation season highlighted the strength of unity and dedication.
He explained that the successful execution of District 5 troupe’s participation in this year’s August Monday parade was reflective of a collaborative effort from residents within the community.
Hon. Rymer said, “We are proud and grateful to have been able to celebrate together for the first time, especially after the extended lay-off due to Covid-19. In this effort to put together a troupe and join in the 2022 festivities, we made it simple and easy for our 5th District community to be on the frontline of all the action. We pooled together our community resources and everyone pitched in, in whatever way they could make this troupe a reality.”
The intention was to capture the significance of emancipation and what it means to the descendants of former slaves, through paying tribute to our fore-parents.
Although Hon. Rymer acknowledged that the fanfare, colorful costumes, and international acts contribute to enhancing the festival, he maintained that Emancipation Day should serve as a reminder that progress comes through sacrifice, unity, and common purpose.
“The reason why we are free to celebrate today and to live free and prosper is because of the selflessness of our ancestors. We felt that coming together to celebrate the importance of our emancipation in solidarity was the best way to rejoice,” Hon Rymer noted
Residents of District 5 collaborated with Drama Tyme, an upcoming local band comprising of 6 friends who started playing together during their time at the Elmore Stout High School. The members hail from Districts 4 and 5, and are known as “the 4/5”. Their ages range from between 18 to 22 and they were excited to participate for the first time in the Emancipation Day parade.
According to Hon. Rymer, “We were also able to use the troupe to showcase our young, local talent by taking this opportunity to display that talent to residents and visitors enjoying the parade.”
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