By: Jose Grinan
The sights, sounds, and tastes of Jamaica were in Galveston, this past weekend… as the island nation celebrated 50 years of independence from British rule. The Inaugural Ja Ga( Jah Gah) Reggae Festival took place on Pier 21 in Galveston. This cultural event was co-sponsored by the Galveston Parks Bd and Historical Society, the Jamaica Tourist Bd and the Jamaica Foundation of Houston. Dozens of bands, including several of the island’s best known bands played for a crowd, estimated to be nearly 18 thousand over the course of the two days. In addition to the music and dancing, a number of local restaurants and caterers were serving up Jamaican jerk pork and chicken, and all of the trimmings from a traditional Jamaican meal. Organizers said, this first year was very successful, and will allow them to provide additional scholarships for needy students. And, they are already looking forward to next year’s Ja Ga Reggae Festival in Galveston. FYI… the weather cooperated on both days, too.