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St Helena Day 2017 – Celebration In Jamestown in 30 Pictures

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ST HELENA | Darrin Henry

St Helena Day is 21 May, our island birthday, commemorating the date in 1502 when Portugese sailor, Joa Da Nova, stumbled across this little uninhabited, Atlantic outcrop.

As you might expect, 21 May is a public holiday on St Helena, and celebrations are always held. The local youth group, New Horizons, have taken on organisation of the day’s events in recent years, usually with a theme – this year it was, ‘People and Places of the Commonwealth.’

The Grand Parade square in Jamestown, normally full of parked vehicles during the day, was cleared to make space for gazebos, food stalls and a stage for local bands.

A St Helena Day War Dance

The showpiece of the day is always the afternoon float parade, which begins at the top of the town and slowly makes its way down to the Parade Square.

Although we’ve covered various street parades on St Helena for our blog, this year’s St Helena Day we were ‘off duty’ so to speak, deciding to just have a beer and enjoy the spectacle. We took the camera to capture a few ‘snaps,’ nothing else!

Playing guitar – Waiting on the parade to arrive at The Bridge, listening to a little music being played on The Clock.

With a perfect vantage point on The Bridge, cold Windhoek (me) and Hunters Dry (Sharon) from the White Horse pub, all was going to plan until the St Paul’s district float came by; a large crown, followed by a totally enthralling dance troupe. An enthusiastic New Zealand, ‘Haka’ war dance grabbed everyone’s attention before a brilliant energetic routine to Jai Ho, from the film Slumdog Millionaire.

Needless to say I couldn’t resist! My pictures don’t quite do justice to the vibrancy and mood of the dance, but trust me it was one of the best parade moments I’ve seen for a long time. St Paul’s went on to win the float competition with this entry – well deserved.

After that it was back to the alcohol and enjoying the rest of the day, the camera on standby just in case!

Here are a few of our St Helena Day photographs, a little memento of the celebrations.

 

St Helena Day 2017, float parade through Jamestown.

The theme for St Helena Day 2017 was ‘People and Places of the Commonwealth’ – this was one of two ‘Queens’ taking part in the parade.

 

‘The World’ float coming down Market Street and onto The Bridge in Jamestown, part of the 2017 parade for the 21 May celebrations on St Helena.

 

St Helena Day 2017, street parade through Jamestown.

The St Helena national day 2017 street parade for the theme, ‘People and Places of the Commonwealth’

 

Aeroplanes have become a popular float subject for street parades since the building of the airport. Here’s an entry from Harford School taking part in the St Helena Day 2017 street parade.

 

Members of the sports team who will represent St Helena at this year’s Small Island Games in Gotland, Sweden, taking part in the St Helena Day 2017 parade.

 

The Freedom Bus, taking part in the St Helena Day 2017 street parade.

 

St Helena Day 2017 street parade – colourful entry from Sandy Bay.

 

St Helena Day 2017 street parade – leading the St Paul’s float down through Jamestown.

 

St Helena Day 2017 street parade – the St Paul’s ‘crown’ float.

 

St Helena Day 2017 street parade – the Queen of St Paul’s waving to the crowd.

 

St Helena Day 2017 street parade – watching from outside the White Horse pub.

 

The St Paul’s Haka on the Bridge.
St Helena Day 2017

 

St Paul’s district steal the show with their happy and energetic, Jai Ho dance through the streets of Jamestown for St Helena Day 2017.

 

St Paul’s district steal the show with their happy and energetic, Jai Ho dance through the streets of Jamestown for St Helena Day 2017.

 

St Paul’s district steal the show with their happy and energetic, Jai Ho dance through the streets of Jamestown for St Helena Day 2017.

 

St Paul’s district steal the show with their happy and energetic, Jai Ho dance through the streets of Jamestown for St Helena Day 2017.

 

Front step seat on Main Street for the St Helena Day 2017 parade.

 

The Jacob's Ladder Challenge, St Helena.

On 21 May 2017, St Helena’s national day, a policeman is taken over by the spirit of the Ladder Challenge and decides to take part.

 

Catching the last rays of sunlight, the World float parked up in the Parade Square.

 

Catching the last rays of sunlight, the Elephant float parked up in the Parade Square.

 

Night falling on the Parade Square as everyone enjoys the tea and cakes on sale for St Helena Day 2017.

 

Gareth Drabble, frontman for the band ‘Island Politics’ performing at St Helena Day 2017.

 

James Fantom, bass player for Island Politics.

James Fantom, bass player for the band ‘Island Politics’ performing in the Parade Square for St Helena’s 21 May 2017 celebrations.

 

Barry Francis, Island Politics drummer.

Barry Francis on drums for local band ‘Island Politics’ performing at St Helena’s national day celebrations, 21 May 2017.

 

St Helena Day 2017 popcorn on sale.

Popcorn sales were busy throughout the day and well into the evening.

 

The very tasty delights from Mike’s Munchies.

 

St Helena Day 2017 fireworks over Jamestown.

St Helena’s Day 2017 finale – fireworks over Jamestown, launched from the top of Jacob’s Ladder.

 

St Helena Day 2017 fireworks.

St Helena’s national day finale – fireworks over Jamestown, launched from the top of Jacob’s Ladder, bringing the 21 May 2017 celebrations to an end.

 

St Helena Day 2017 finale – fireworks over Jamestown, launched from the top of Jacob’s Ladder.

COMMENTS

  • Eddie Duff

    May 30, 2017

    For SOMEBODY who just SUPPOSEDLY be watching the proceedings, you have done it again, SPECTACULAR! well done people. Duff

  • Sarah

    May 24, 2017

    D&S YOUR PICS BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE. YOU HAVE CAPTURED THE SPIRIT OF sT hELENA DAY SO PERFECTLY ALL I CAN THINK IS HOW I WISH I WAS THERE: And you manage this on a “day off! ” – talent indeed!!! MISSING MY HOME.

  • Chris Daniel

    May 23, 2017

    What a lovely account of the day. EVEN your ‘snaps’ capture the atmosphere as well as any formal PICTURES. KEep up the good work and enjoy the beer!

  • Julie fowler

    May 23, 2017

    These pictures are astonishing professional and warm made me feel really grateful to be a saint, well done to you both, however I don’t expect anything less from perfectionists 🙂 x

  • Nicole

    May 23, 2017
  • Nicole

    May 23, 2017

    Here’s a link to the video of the band playing when the ACCORDION comes out. Absolutely brilliant – I just apologise for the judders and quality as I couldn’t help dancing myself!

    • Nicole

      May 31, 2017

      Harmonica not accordion (smacks head!)

  • Lawson henry

    May 23, 2017

    Nice pictures as always thanks for sharing

  • Patrick G Henry

    May 23, 2017

    These wonderful pictures by WTSDN reminds us of the exciting weekend celebrations on St Helena’s day afternoon and night parade, the organizers and all who provide entertainment for the day. Thanks Darrin & Sharon for your Post.

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