Garifuna Settlement day is fast approaching and there have been a series of activities leading up to the big day. Last Saturday was the Ms. Garifuna Pageant in Belize City. This morning primary and high school students and customers at Builder’s Hardware were treated to exciting performances by a Garifuna Dance Group and the legendary Paul Nabor. Julian Cruz was there and filed the following report. 

Reporter, JULIAN CRUZ:

This is the month for the celebration of a culture replete with colour and vivacity: The Garinagu. The morning the air was alive and electrifying as students of the various primary and high schools in Belmopan congregated around and under the white tent tops. The attraction; Garifuna drummers and dancers moving in rhythm to the symphony of the pulsating drumbeat; their voices carrying the echo of chants passed down from generation to generation. Builders Hardware compound here in Belmopan was the scene of this marvelous cultural presentation. 

The tempo drew a few bytanders into the dance as the audience became more enraptured by the sights and sound. Then Paul Nabor took centre stage and entertained the audience in a matter befitting of the local king of Paranda. It was a momentous moment that succeeded in setting the stage for a series of cultural events yet to unfold as the 19th of November draws nigh. Julian Cruz reporting 

Other upcoming activities particularly for the Belmopan area include live drumming at the Independence and Isidoro Parks on the 13th and 14th respectively. On Thursday there will be a couple events on Garifuna Awareness Day: Primary Garifuna Quiz Contest and Little Ms. Garifuna to be held at the Belmopan Civic Center.