St Philip’s Foreday ‘Reign’

St Philip residents have always considered their parish special.

From the days of Stedson Red Plastic Bag Wiltshire and his ‘red army’ of Philipeens, as they like to be called, St Philip folk have never hidden their pride in and loyalty to their own.

Besides having RPB, the island’s ten-time, Calypso monarch, a galaxy of stars in entertainment and sport, its own Carnival, a national park and the island’s only six-exit roundabout, the south-eastern parish boasts of having its own book – The St Philip Book, a TV show by the name of Route 10 and a five-hour bus tour.

Now, the newest addition is a Crop Over Foreday Morning band which will hit the road for the first time during this year’s festival. Its name is REIGN, named for the parish’s adopted colour, purple, which is symbolic of royalty.

The band’s co-leader, Darren Watson, the 2015 St Philip parish ambassador and one of the faces of the Route 10 TV magazine, says REIGN has been two years in the making.

Darren Watson

“After working on all the other events based in the parish, it felt like a natural progression, another way for all of us to come together.  The band is for everyone, especially those who want to jump and never have. They can come and join; we guarantee they will see someone they know,” he said.

Watson who is assisted in the venture by a cohort of friends and family, said this year’s theme is Kings, Queens and Goddesses. The costumes were designed by fellow Philipeen Kayla Forde-Cumberbatch.

“We wanted costumes that fit all body types, that women can wear and be comfortable in,” he explained.

The REIGN team is paying special attention to security in a bid to offer ultimate comfort to patrons, said Watson.

“When the group met, before we even discussed costumes, we met with the head of a well-trained security outfit who conducted a risk assessment outlining all the areas we need to have covered. From the time our members park their vehicles and board our buses to when they disembark and get back into their own vehicles, they are safe.”

The security measures include members-only, free, round-trip transport from St Philip and a central location for non-Philipeens.

“Our members are going to have a hassle-free jump, plenty of fun in a safe environment with people they know and some they don’t but by morning we will all be one family,” Watson promised.

Registration for REIGN starts this Friday, May 12, from 3 p.m. at the band house located in the car park of Hoodees Sports Bar, Six Roads, St Philip.

6 Responses to St Philip’s Foreday ‘Reign’

  1. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor May 11, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I am amazed how decent looking the men costumes​ are while the women butt crack showing in this bedroom apparel needs lots to be desired.WHY Don’t women feel cheated/embarrassed by this poor example of good taste.Every year the men get more clothes and the women more naked.Shameful .We don’t like ourselves are we to be paraded for the lust of the eyes/flesh and treated like prostitutes.What example are you setting for your children. I don’t care who vex with my opinion it is mine.Woman RESPECT YOURSELF.

    • Samantha Ophelia
      Samantha Ophelia May 11, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      It’s true, whether people admit it or not. Women are always sexualized by both men and women. They could be advertising a pot and they’d be half naked. That’s just the way it is, we are either against it or for it.

  2. Johnathan May 11, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Samantha and Maize names sound old fashioned so is the thinking. Nothing is wrong with them if according to the butt crack is a problem tell me or show me some one who doesn’t have one..stupseeeeee old time thinking..

  3. Dale Forde May 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    You are entitled to your own opinion, as we all live in a democratic society. It is interesting that from the entire article you can only comment on the costumes designed for a street party. Of course you would have missed the emphasis on saftey for revellers and the band acting as yet another conduit for Philipeens to foster community spirit. Of course you would have also missed that this young man represented his parish and was also the face of a TV programme for his parish. You would have also missed that this is an activity coordinated by a group of enterprising, creative young people. The costumes were designed for all ages and body types and revellers have a wide selection to choose from. Thank you for your feedback.

  4. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith May 11, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    I agree with Maze Taylor

  5. joan August 23, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    i actually like these costumes.. i really do not see anything wrong with them. they are decent looking for a street party


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