It was Bois Bataille stick fight. Bois men and women against the might of the British Constabulary. The masqueraders and stickfighters had come out in full force. This was not going to be 1880 when Captain Baker had terrorised, beaten and arrested them. The people were well prepared with a comprehensive battle plan.There were sticks, stones, bottles, aplenty. More sticks, stones and bottles were hidden in the yards ready to be brought out when needed. It was February of 1881.
The historic battle took place on Duke Street in the vicinity of what is now the All Stars' Pan Yard. The former enslaved, the men and women of the Barrack Yards won the battle against Captain Baker that day. It is to the barrack yard people of East Dry River and
their resounding victory that day that we owe our carnival … Lest we forget.
Come out in your numbers to the 2014 performance of the play by Eintou Pearl Springer called ‘Kambule’ and learn about this part of the history of Trinidad and Tobago.
Friday, February 28th, Piccadilly Greens, Port of Spain near to the All Stars Pan Yard where it all began. Time, 5am sharp and admission is free!
Executive Producers, the National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago.
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