Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Vacation: St. Martin: New Things #1, Fish Day!

As I mentioned previously, because this vacation was two weeks long, we were able to do some new things without feeling like we were going to miss out on all of our favorite things.

One of the really fun things we did was to go to Fish Day.  This is held the first Sunday in May in Cul-de-Sac and is a like a carnival/street fair which goes from 10 am to 9 pm. It celebrates the fishing heritage of the island and features local and international entertainment, food, shopping and a general good time.

Drum Corps

Here's a video as they marched by

Cable TV was there filming and we found out that we were on live TV dancing!  We never got to see ourselves on the rerun, though we tried.

Mr. Helen's friend BC is the founder of The Jolly Boys.  The Jolly Boys are an old fashioned Caribbean band consisting of mostly retired musicians.  They actually have become internationally known with the release of their CDs.  They know how to bring the party!

This man, Patou is not part of the group but is an up and coming musician who they invited on stage.  He played the conch!

Videos of The Jolly Boys with their guest trumpeter, people dancing and the conch player.

Of course we ate at one of the food stands.  I had shrimp, and tried grilled marlin for the first time.  It was delicious.  Also scalloped potatoes and a johnny cake.

Mr. Helen had stuffed crabs, rice and peas, shrimp, and one of my johnny cakes.

Like any good festival, there was even a bouncy house for the kids

Mr. Helen enjoying some of the other entertainment. 

We had so much fun we spent about 5 hours there!  We are very glad we made the effort to get to this and look forward to going back again some day.


  1. What a lovely day. The photos give that vacation feeling too: colorful, blue skies, happy people, just how it's supposed to be.

  2. How fun to get to attend a local festival! Looks like you guys had a blast! Please tell me you bought a bottle of one of those punch drinks, drank it on your vacation, and brought the empty back the handpainted island art on them so much!

  3. What fun! I love stumbling on local festivals, too. I understand that feeling about vacation time. Whenever we go to New Orleans, we want to do new things, but also don't want to miss out on our favorites!

  4. I absolutely love fests like that! I was just watching a diners drivein and dives where they cooked marlin and it looked almost meaty! I am loving these recaps Helen!