Seaside fun this Easter in Tobago as parades, races cancelled over covid19

Beachgoers enjoy the water, sand and scenery at Grafton Beach, Black Rock, Tobago on Easter Monday. - David Reid
Beachgoers enjoy the water, sand and scenery at Grafton Beach, Black Rock, Tobago on Easter Monday. - David Reid

For the second consecutive year, Easter celebrations on the island reverted to mainly sun, sea and sand.

On Monday, the annual easter bonnet parade and crab and goat races at Mt Pleasant were cancelled in response to the covid19 global pandemic.

Patrons board the Reef Boss for a tour of the coral reefs at Pigeon Point, Tobago on Easter Monday. - David Reid

Traditionally, action in the event which would have been celebrating its 49th year gets going at the Mt Pleasant recreation ground from 12 pm with the Easter bonnet parade featuring babes-in-arms up to under-12 boys and girls, as well as popular local novelty games like the egg and spoon and three-legged races.

That would usually be followed by the crab race and goats thundering along the tracks with jockeys sprinting after them.

Sea bathers ride the waves at Grafton Beach, Black Rock, Tobago on Easter Monday. - DAVID REID

This year, the action was at the beaches as hundreds gathered on the sand and in the water, while the reef boats were seen making several trips.

On Tuesday, the action usually shifts to Buccoo where the Buccoo Village Council would host its own parade and races.

Sea bathers ride the waves at Grafton Beach, Black Rock, Tobago on Easter Monday. - DAVID REID

Both celebrations usually kick-start harvest festivities in the villages.

Bethel, Mt Pleasant and Buccoo harvests are usually held on Easter Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

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