That is how Julianne Lee reacted to the turnout for yesterday’s road march which saw the return of Byron Lee’s Jamaica Carnival band to the streets of the Corporate Area.
The group had been off the circuit for seven years. However, last year the band took a trial run.
“Based on an overpowering urge to continue the legacy of Byron Lee, Jamaica Carnival was ‘rebirthed’ with new energy and a new direction. I am tremendously humbled by the turnout and the support from our sponsors. It is obvious from the day’s proceedings that each reveler had a good time, especially the Edna Manley students who copped our costume design competition and created their own designs for the road. Byron Lee would be proud,” Lee told Jamaica Observer yesterday.
Byron Lee was the band leader who launched Jamaica Carnival in 1990. He died from cancer in 2008 at the University Hospital of the West Indies at age 73.
Julian Lee, his daughter, is now CEO of Jamaica Carnival. She described the feeling of experiencing the road march again.
“Seeing the sea of revelers chipping down Hope Road brought back the most amazing memories for me. All of them came out for Byron Lee’s Jamaica Carnival. We were extremely privileged to have many soca and dancehall artistes jumping with us and performing on our trucks — in addition to Beenie Man and Bunji Garlin, Fayann Lyons, Alison Hinds, Iwer George and Jumo, as well as Supa Hype, DLife and DJ Spice.”
Lee and her team are already looking forward to next year’s event.
“We already have big plans for 2018, some already in the preparatory stages. We are excited about that but will disclose those soon. If this year is any indication, 2018 will be another successful staging,” Lee added.