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Hilarians fete with soca first ladies

THERE are some fetes that have stamped their place on TT’s Carnival calendar. There is little denying that the annual “Bishop’s fete” is one of them.

This year’s fete will take place on February 2 at Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain.

Le Rouge et Noir –City of Red and Black is the fete’s 2019 theme. The fete’s organising committee the Old Hilarians Association said, in a media release, “the 2019 fete themed, Le Rouge et Noir –City of Red and Black, will transform the party’s newest venue, the exterior of the Grande Dame of Queen’s Hall into a glittering French-themed evening, complete with streets of Rouge (red), Noir (black) and D’Or (gold), offering a cornucopia of spicy Caribbean cuisine, international cuisine and exotic foods and desserts. A premium bar will be available all night with an entertainment line-up of four soca bands featuring the first ladies of soca.”

Destra Garcia

By the first ladies of soca, the Old Hilarians mean Destra Garcia (and Bakkanal the Band), Nadia Batson (with Sass the band), Patrice Roberts and Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez.

Bunji Garlin (and the Asylum band), Blaxx (and De All Starz), Farmer Nappy, Voice, Swappi, SuperBlue and many more surprises will be among the cast for the annual 2019 fete.

The release added that the past year’s challenging economic climate “took its toll on the business of feteing.”

Patrice Roberts

The committee has also adopted a “fete manifesto”, it said, “making a commitment to its loyal patrons to better serve and fulfil the high expectations many have come to have of its 23 years of all-inclusive party excellence.”

The funds raised from the fete will go “a complete upgrading of the plumbing system and renovation of all of the school’s bathrooms in three of the main ageing buildings within the two-block facility on Keate Street, Port of Spain.”

Tickets are available from committee members.

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