Darby ‘Commodore’ Etienne celebrates 50th in style

| July 18, 2015

For many age 50 is the new 40. No better example of that was demonstrated than at the 50th birthday party of community stalwart and friend of CaribDirect, Darby Etienne.

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The Commodore ‘Darby Etienne’ arrives. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

As is typical with Darby he had to do it BIG! He was determined to pull out all the stops to treat his long time friends and family to the most memorable 50th they had ever attended… and in the opinion of this writer he achieved just that in more ways than one.

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Darby gives his speech. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

On Friday 3rd July, in spite of the inclement weather droves of specially invited guests flocked to the elegant “Tereza Joanne” Boat moored at King George V Dock. Guests were greeted to the sweet sounds of calypso music and many engaged in the age old ritual of hugging and kissing those family and friends they had not seen since the last funeral or wedding.

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Shawn Caribbean Band and Friends with MC JD Douglas. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

Once all 200 plus guests including fashion aficionado and actor, Saint Lucian born, Vincent McDoom (who flew in from France), and on the cue of the Master of Ceremonies, the accomplished JD Douglas, Darby made his grand entrance. There were screams and shouts all round as Darby Etienne, large as life itself made an unforgettable and stunning appearance dressed as a Commodore, the supreme authority on the Tereza Joanne.

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Shawn Caribbean Band drummer. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

 Central to Darby’s speech was his love and appreciation for his family and friends, and his continued commitment to serving the Saint Lucian community.

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Two guests pausing for a quick photo. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

Also present were Minister Counsellor for Saint Lucia High Commission Mr Albert Fregis, representing High Commissioner Ernest Hilaire, and Liberal Democrat member Ashburn Holder.

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Guest of honour Vincent McDoom speaking with Minister Counsellor for Saint Lucia High Commission, Albert Fregis.. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

Entertainment was provided by Figaro and Natia while the highlight of the evening was Saint Lucian entertainer, Mr Borballist himself “JAUNTY” who flew in from New York and was backed by the ever popular Shawn Caribbean Band and Friends.

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Guest of honour Vincent McDoom sawing a ‘few’ words. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

The cake cutting ceremony was equally rewarding to the guests as Darby and his lovely wife Samantha gracefully cut the cake and shared it lovingly with each other. They then performed a rather romantic dance to the delight of all including this writer.

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Darby Etienne cheeky birthday cakes. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

The floor was then opened for dancing which went on until 3.30 am Saturday morning…from all appearances a good time was had by all. Well done Darby!

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Darby and wife Samantha, cutting birthday cake. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

 

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The special birthday kiss. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

 

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Then comes the raunchy dance. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

 

 

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Entertainer Natia doing her thing. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

 

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Figaro belting out the favourites. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

 

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Legendary Jaunty on form with his classics. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

 

 

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Guests enjoying the party. Photo courtesy CaribDirect

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