May 1st, (Cul de Sac pier) - Valorization of Sea professions and food.
The annual fish day was born out of the traditional fishing village of Cul de Sac, where the fish has been celebrated as the main symbol of the village.
Back in the 1990s the fishermen and inhabitants of Cul de Sac with other cultural groups celebrated a day for themselves by looking at the different elements of the sea.
When the Department of culture was established in 2002 the then Commissioner Nicole Piper started a joint celebration with the fishermen, and that was the birth of fish day.
It needs to be mentioned here that the celebration was then the last Sunday in April. Then it was moved to May 1st, but became conflicting with Labor Day. Today, the new date of Fish day is the first Sunday of May.
The objective is to celebrate the hard working spirit of St. Martin Fishermen, and honor those who have supplied the country with sea food, while celebrating the history and culture of the sea. In St. Martin we have some people who help build the country from sea, those people from St. Martin’s fishing villages of Cul de Sac, Simpson Bay or Grand Case, those St. Martiners work hard on the sea, and it is important for a Government to honor their hard work as well on focusing on a touristic promotion and also to aware the youths of the existed activities and jobs of that sector.
The 2011 edition of the Fish Day had once again huge success!
The traditional fishing village of Cul de Sac on Fish Day is entertained with more than 80 stands including culinary stands and welcomes more than 15.000 visitors.
The annual Grand Fish Day celebration is a Fete that is highly recognized in each aspect of its kind, Cultural, Educational, Economical and Touristic views.
This day dedicated to the sea and its products is each year more surprising for its conviviality, its festivities and its unique atmosphere.
This year festivities:
- stands with local fish dishes,
- a traditionnal boat race and a great stage with bands and dancing groups from Saint-Martin and the neighbouring islands such as the Red Eye Crew, Velly, Junior Lion, the famous group Grain D'or, the Respect Band or Sister Marlene...
The Saint-Martin Fishermen Association, main partner of this event, held a speech advocating respect for the Nature and the Sea, and the importance of preserving marine life.
Merchants and artisans also came out to propose souvenirs, decorative items made in Saint-Martin, shell jewelry and other creations.
May 1st Fish Day is an annual celebration, welcoming visitors from 7 to 77 years old who want to impregnate themselves with the Saint-Martin culture and values to the rhythm of the music and the flavors of the local cuisine.