D.J Morrishaw productions featured Gems of the Caribbean on Eastern Parkway
St. Kitts-Nevis pride was at an all-time high on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, New York, as the “Gems of the Caribbean” Mas troupe was the first of the costumed bands leading the West Indian Day parade on Monday September 5, 2016.
The truck that hosted a number of outstanding D.J’s, including BIKEMAN, ADJIK, TAZ, 62, CHICO, MOBETTA, RAW, and YOOSH, blazed out music of bands and artists from St. Kitts-Nevis and the United States Virgin Islands. Hit Soca songs from across the globe also featured in the mix. The music float was adorned with a huge flag of the Federation of St. Kitts-Nevis at the front of the truck and a banner dedicated to the memory of the hard working committee member of the Mass troupe, Ms. Dahlia ”Peggy” Fahie who passed just over a month before the much anticipated parade of West Indian culture.
The Mass troupe which was well represented with revelers from several sectors of the Caribbean had six sections as part of the “Gems of the Caribbean.” Including in those sections were majorettes, costumes depicting the colors of the St. Kitts-Nevis flag, and traditional masqueraders.
Director Jefroy Morrishaw of DJ Morrishaw productions said organizing the Labor Day parade participation was very challenging. In a statement after the event, he stated that “The US$3500 we received from the St. Kitts Tourism Authority did not do much towards financing and staging this event.” Other monies were not forthcoming, so therefore fish fry’s and weekend barbecues were organized to help raise funds that were well needed to have a successful troupe. Though we still have outstanding debt, I am pleased to say we did it!”
According to Morrishaw, “many persons worked hard to make this event success,” including state owned ZIZ Radio and Television Station former chairman Douglas Wattley and acting general manager Vere Galloway. Other members of staff that chipped in were Cheryl Ward, Alva Bradley, DJ’s GQ, and Ronnie Rascal.
Patricia Mourillon, Gloria Hutchinson of Smart Fit clothing store, and Ricky Scarborough of American Shoe Locker on Fort Street. Also assisted in making this event a great success
Morrishaw also congratulated committee members, Clement Monarch O’Garro, Rohan Dickinson, Kesher Stevens, Nigel Wattley, Glenis Phoenix, Ann Bussue, Beverly Morrishaw, Alysia Morrishaw, Gweneth Morrishaw, Videographer-James Matthew, Photographer- Samuel Jones, and Denise Matthew, Charles Mitcham founder of the SKN list and the general public who supported the fundraisers. Kudos must also go out to Sugar City Bakery in the Bronx, Dale Carty of Tasty’s Restaurant in Anguilla, Cricket Zone, Coreentje Phipps, Dome Groomers Barber shop, Colin Smith, Denise Fahie, Willmour “Cooley” Daniel, Aunt Amy and all the DJ’s. .
Morrishaw said he is preparing for the West Indian Day parade 2017 where he hopes to have over 300 revelers on the parkway loaded with St. Kitts- Nevis pride and the usual Caribbean flavor, Anyone interested in taking part in the 2017 parade or to give donations, should visit www.djmorrishaw.com, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (917) 597-0195.