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T & T Independence Day - A 'Grande' Affair

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMKrysta Anderson
Sporting a vibrant smile with glass in hand is the fashionable Damali McLean.
Crystal Rhone and Ricardo Lucien join the Trinidad and Tobago Independence day festivities in fine style.
Soca star Moricia Cagan (left) along with Olivia Babsy Grange (right) jam with Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner Fitzgerald Jeffrey.
The radiant Minna Israel is sandwiched by Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck (left) and Minister of Finance Audley Shaw.
The man of the hour Trinidad and Tobago's High Commissioner Fitzgerald Jeffrey shares the spotlight with Minister of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange.
All decked out in black for the occasion were the lovely Carole-Anne Chambers (left) and Danielle Powell.
Shaniece Tyndalem in her 'Trini' colours was joined by Oswald Smith at the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Reception.

Our eastern Caribbean neighbours from Trinidad and Tobago sure know how to party. On Wednesday, August 31, they gathered in the Grande Suite of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel to celebrate their independence, and it was a party to remember.

The scene was set - waves of radiant red crashing against a calypso shore warmly greeted elegantly dressed guests. The University of the West Indies' Panoridim Steel Orchestra had everyone in high spirits, rocking to pulsating calypso beats with a splash of dancehall in the mix. And speaking of spirits, red and white wines, along with a myriad cocktails floated through the vibrant ballroom and a mingling frenzy immediately got under way.

By way of formalities, Trinidad and Tobago High Commissioner Fitzgerald Jeffrey was in a jubilant mood, singing before the start of his passionate speech about bilateral relationship among our Caribbean nations. "Fifty four years. How you feel?" became his refrain throughout, adding that united, we are strong, but separated, we are weak.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, also took to the stage to offer her congratulations and highlighted the wonderful relationship between the two Caribbean nations, with hopes to foster even more growth and development.

By post dinner, the two were seen dancing up a storm with Moricia Cagan, along with Nigel O'Conner and the Trini Connection Band. The audience, too, joined in on the food and the festivities, partying the night away in true Trini style.