Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bahamian Rhapsody*

If there was one thing I never, ever expected to see in the Bahamas, it would have to be a marching band.  Not that I think about them often, because I don't, but when I think of music in the Bahamas I can firmly say I have never thought of a marching band.  Steel drums?  Yes.  Calypso?  Sure.   But an organized, uniformed and good marching band compiled of the local police force?  Heck no.

They not only exist, but they thrive!  Yesterday, here in Thompson Bay, Long Island was the annual festival for the local police force.  Aptly named "The Steak-Out" (do I need to tell you they served steak?) - they come together once a year to raise money for the police.  For $10 - you can eat a delicious meal of steak, baked potato, salad and macaroni and cheese while enjoying some local "rake-n-scrape", a DJ and - the highlight - the police force marching band.

These guys were good.  Really good.  The crowd was moving, the band was grooving and we had a blast!  Long Island has proven to be one of our favorite Bahamian settlements thus far.  The people are lovely, the island gorgeous, and the locals know how to throw one heck of a party!

Brittany & Scott

* I realize that a marching band does not fall into "rhapsody" music category...but the name was just too good to pass up.


Mid-Life Cruising! said...

Yes .. great name for the post! Sounds like you made the right decision to stay. The Pardley's book also says that some of the best experiences are with the locals... And what a deal for dinner!

Anonymous said...

Are you saying this is "no bed of roses; no pleasure cruise"?

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