XXXII West Indian Fair 2013

SAMAAP (the Society of Friends of the West Indian Museum) celebrated its 32nd “Gran Feria Afroantillana” on February 9th and 10th, 2013, at “Mi Pueblito Afroantillano,” which is a City Monument to the black immigrants who came to Panama for the construction of the Transisthmian Railroad and the Panama Canal. “Mis Pueblitos: Encuentro de Tres Culturas” is located on Ancon Hill with access from Avenida de los Mártires (formerly known as 4th of July Avenue), and it is dedicated to the Panamanians of indigenous, white/mestizo colonial, and Afro Caribbean roots that produce our Panamanian identity. Many SAMAAP members formed part of the steering committee that gave birth to this monument, which was founded in November 1998 by the former Mayor of Panama City, Mayin Correa.

In the two-days, more than 6,000 persons attended this year’s “Gran Feria Afroantillana,” and from their comments, they seemed to have appreciated the fact that the setting of Mi Pueblito was in alignment with the objectives of the Fair. There were vendors selling typical West Indian food and drink: sorrel, isinglass, souse, patties, codfish cake, fried fish, rice and peas, yucca pone, etc. There were also vendors selling Afro Caribbean fashions and jewelry, indigenous vendors selling molas, and other vendors selling a variety of other products. Music and dancing were provided by a number of different artists and groups and kept the public entertained throughout the day. As they were leaving, most people expressed satisfaction with the activity and said that they were looking forward to next year’s celebration on March 1st and 2nd, 2014.
 

Gran Feria Afroantillana 2013

 
 
L a Sociedad de Amigos del Museo Afro Antillano de Panamá (SAMAAP) celebró su 32nd Gran Feria Afroantillana el 9 y 10 de febrero, 2013, en “Mi Pueblito Afroantillano,” un monumento a los inmigrantes afrocaribeños que llegaron a Panamá para la construcción del Ferrocarril Transístmico y el Canal de Panamá. Este sitio forma parte de tres componentes conocidos como “Mis Pueblitos: Encuentro de Tres Culturas” y se ubica en las faldas del Cerro Ancón con acceso de la Avenida de los Mártires (anteriormente conocido como Avenida Cuatro de Julio), y rinde tributo a panameños de las etnias indígenas, los blancos/mestizos coloniales, y los afro-caribeños, las tres raíces que conforman nuestra identidad panameña. Varios miembros de SAMAAP formaron parte del Comité de Consulta que asesoró a la entonces Alcaldesa Mayín Correa en el diseño y construcción de esta obra, que fue inaugurada en Noviembre de 1998.

En los dos días de la Gran Feria Afroantillana, sábado y domingo de Carnaval, más de 6,000 personas asistieron, y de acuerdo a sus comentarios, disfrutaron del ambiente de Mi Pueblito Afroantillano porque guarda estrecha relación con los objetivos de la Feria. Hubo vendedores de las comidas y bebidas típicas de la comunidad afroantillana tales como el saril, “isinglass,” saus, empanadas, pescado frito, torrejitas de bacalao, arroz con guandu, enyucado, etc. También hubo vendedores de vestidos y prendas Afro Caribeños, personas indígenas vendiendo molas, y otros vendedores ofrecieron una gran variedad de otros productos. La música y el baile caracterizaron los espectáculos ofrecidos, creando un ambiente festivo durante todo el día. Al despedirse, los asistentes reflejaron mucha satisfacción con la actividad y expresaron su deseo de regresar el próximo año para la Gran Feria Afroantillana del 2014, los días 1 y 2 de marzo.

2 Comments

  1. 1-30-2014

    Thanks for including my family in your memoirs of this important event. In the third photo from left to right. A friend,my husband, Alberto Manuel, me , my mother,Deborah Belgrave, my father, Clemente Belgrave. It is a great honor for us to apppear on this site. My daughter, sister ,brother-in law ,niece and nephew were also in the event.We hope to continue participaring in this event for many years more.

  2. 3-21-2015

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