Wet Fete creates splash

Observer writer

Monday, January 29, 2018

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WITH its theme, Rebirth, it was no surprise that carnival players Bacchanal Jamaica resurrected an old event and added a modern flavour to usher in the 2018 season.

The occasion, Soc'in Wet Fete: Cooler Edition, at Morgan's Harbour in Kingston on Saturday.

“It was one of the original carnival events ever in Jamaica. When J'Ouvert came along we phased it out because they were on the same day, but now we're bringing it back to life, a new fresh breath in the carnival season and from the turn out the people love it,” said Michael Ammar III, a director of Bacchanal Jamaica.

And turn out they did. Even close to the scheduled 8:00 pm cut-off time, patrons were still arriving. Those that did turn up early were treated to the idyllic Caribbean tropic seaside setting of the venue. As it was a cooler party, much wasn't needed in terms of décor, just a dance floor was provided, but which saw little use as most opted to gyrate the day away with the sand between their toes.

“This is really a pre-season carnival event for us, because our season starts February 16. Carnival in Trinidad is coming up shortly, so we thought why not kick off our soca season early, get all the revellers interested, invested in the Jamaican soca season, and excited for the new music, vibes, and costumes. It's doing a great job so far,” said Ammar III.

Musical duties were well handled by the cadre of DJs — DJ Tyler, King Taj, Chromatic and Coppershot — each delivering their signature style to the crowd's delight. Even for those who hadn't yet worked up a sweat, things were soon wet, as buckets of water were filled and spray toys were handed out. The Wet Fete then lived up to its name, as patrons indulged in random bouts of fun water spraying games.

“This was one of our staple events back in the day, and it will become one of our staple events in the future as was shown by the turnout this year. We had tremendous support from fan base and we can't wait to make it bigger and better next year for them,” he said.





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