Battle of the Drums kicks off in Punta Gorda

Saturday, November 14th, 2015. Chrisbert Garcia Reporting: The Battle of the Drums Competition is an annual event in Punta Gorda (PG) town, founded by Darius Avila more than 10 years ago, battle of the drumsthat brings groups from all across the region to participate and visitors from all across the world to spectate.

Usually held in mid-November each year, the competition is paired with the unique, “Food and Fete” which features Garifuna foods for tasting and performances by esteemed Garifuna artists throughout the night, held one day before the competition.

This year, the Food and Fete was held on November 13th, last night, at Garbutt’s Marine and Fishing Lodge in PG, featuring various artists and an array of delicious Garifuna dishes, beginning at 8:00 p.m. and ending at 3:00 a.m. The main event, the Battle of the Drums, will be taking place at the Toledo Community College compound tonight and is expected to draw a crowd from all across the country as well as International visitors.

Tickets for the competition are being sold at outlets in PG for $15 or a fee of $20 can be paid at the door tonight.

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