Maroon Fest is a three-day annual event that showcases Carriacou’s culture. On the first day, cultural activities, including the cooking of food, take place in a park and, on the second day, there are events for children and young people. The third day showcases the Carriacouan musicians living in the diaspora.

Faithman Simon, a musician and producer, is the promoter of the event in which other people, government ministries, community groups, the Festival Board, and private businesses are involved.

The politicization of the event, a lack of financial accountability, and the often exorbitant fees foreign performers charge to participate are seen as threats to its continuation.

In order to safeguard the practice, organizers feel that Carriacouans must control every aspect of the Festival and must put in place an accountable organization that adheres to the same principles that sparked its creation. Encouraging young people to get involved in organizing Maroon Fest and training them to assume various roles would help keep the tradition going.


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