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By Cécile Lucot
Cécile Lucot has lived in St. Barths for ten years. Originally from Bordeaux, this professional journalist was the editor-in-chief of St. Barth Magazine for six years. She then participated in the daily local mini-newspaper "Today" and writes regularly for regional magazines. Once or twice a month, she presents a recap of local news on St. Barths Online.
March 03' 2009 - #101

Carnival In Saint Barth

Carnival festivities began in mid-January with weekly parades organized on Sunday afternoons in Gustavia by the group, La Pointe en Mouvement, and continued on February 20—the last day of school before vacation—with a children’s parade in the streets of town. The following Monday, the traditional parade in pajamas drew a large crowd, while on Mardi Gras—or Fat Tuesday—numerous floats and marching groups took part in the Carnival parade. The costumes displayed a lot imagination, with some of the disguises rendering the revelers incognito. The Carnival fêtes concluded on Ash Wednesday, with a costume parade in black and white, leading to Shell Beach where Vaval, the King of Carnival, was burned in a big bonfire.


Chorale Aux Bons Chœurs

The local choir, La Chorale Aux Bons Chœurs, held two special concerts on February 27 and 28 at the Anglican Church, in celebration of the tenth anniversary of “Ounalao,” the non-official hymn of Saint Barthélemy, which is often sung on official occasions. Isabelle Déravin, who was named Woman Of The Year in 2000 by the local Lyceum Club International, wrote the words, while Charles Darden, director of the choir, composed the music. For these two concerts, the choir sang with special guest, Jane Thorngren, a soprano from New York who has performed in several opera evenings organized by Frances DeBroff for the Saint Barth Music Festival. Accompanied by Sana Roy on piano, Jane sang a partition written by Roger Lacour’s grandfather, who was a classical music composer. The choir also sang selections from Carmina Burana by Carl Off, excerpts from West Side Story, and the premiere of “Les Enfants de St. Barthélemy,” a song whose words and music were written by Jean Belotti, a former pilot who is currently the judicial mediator for the Collectivity of Saint Barth.


News From The Marine Park

Since June 2008, the staff of Saint Barth’s Marine Park has posted a monthly report of its activities on the Internet. More the 200 people also receive this monthly report via a newsletter sent by email. The most recent report, that for the month of February, includes news from ornithologist Gilles Leblond who was in St. Barth to continue working on his inventory of marine nesting birds, plus a recap of a meeting with nautical professionals, an explication of how to use the moorings provided in the bays of Colombier and Forchure, and a commentary about the awareness campaign for junior high school students about the island’s flora and fauna.

If you would like to receive the monthly newsletter via email, you can simply send your email address to the Marine Park staff at inforeservestbarth@orange.fr or resnatbarth@wanresnatbarth@wanadoo.fr

More to come

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