Annual Fish Day set for Sunday, May 6

MARIGOT–The Collectivité reminds the population that the sixteenth Annual Fish Day festivities take place in the Bay of Cul-de-Sac this coming Sunday, May 6.

President Daniel Gibbs has insisted the venue in Cul-de-Sac not be changed despite damage to the area from Hurricane Irma and a more recent invasion of Sargassum weed affecting the Northeast coast in the last few days. A major clean-up has been under way and Sargassum weed is collected each morning.

Fish Day, with its slogan “From the sea to the pot,” is a cultural, family-day event to enjoy live music, entertainment, and traditional local cooking, especially fish, at numerous stands in a convivial environment. It is based on honouring the fishermen of the island, past and present.

As such, each year homage is paid to local fishermen who have passed away and a wreath in their memory placed in the waters of the bay. This ceremony takes place after the official speeches at 9:30am.

Gunslingers Steel Band gets the entertainment started at 11:00am before the blowing of the conch shell at midday to signal the start of the parade and live entertainment. Taking part will be New Generation Brass Band, Paul Emmanuel School musicians, Jolly Boys, Larich, and the group Musicology.

Fish Day is open from 9:00am to 8:00pm. St. Martin’s top bands and singers will be on stage until 8:00pm to entertain the public. Activities and games for children have also been organised during the day.

For motorists coming to Fish Day, the portion of the Cul-de-Sac road between the “Jessica” Residence and the Cul-de-Sac pier will be transformed into a one-way traffic lane on Sunday, May 6, from 6:00am until 8:00pm.

The circulation of vehicles on this part of the street in both directions is prohibited except for local residents, tourist buses, taxis and shuttles set up for this purpose.

The exit for vehicles will be on the side of the Etang de la Barrière to join the road to Grande Cayes via a makeshift path cleared for the event. In addition, parking of vehicles along the Cul-de-Sac road is not permitted. Any vehicle in violation of this will be towed at the motorist’s expense. Motorists are asked to park in the parking areas reserved and marked for this purpose.

Source: The Daily Herald