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Celts have their day on Barbados

Posted by Patricia Borns  April 20, 2011 07:37 AM

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Back in the day -- the 17th century day -- if you were a poor Irish or Scottish prisoner, you could be nabbed from your neighborhood and "Barbadosed:" sold as a slave or indentured laborer to a British planter on Mother England's far-flung West Indies isle. Considered as lowly and treated as poorly as the African slaves with whom they worked, these Celtic "Redlegs" as they were called are finally getting their revenge. Not only are the formerly poor whites some of Barbados's most respected citizens, they also have their own festival.

Held in the last two weeks of May, one of the Caribbean's most beautiful months, this year's Celtic Festival from May 23-30 leads off with Scottish singer-songwriter Eddi Reader.

Not bad, being Barbadosed. Bostonians will feel right at home.

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