Parades in Fogo and Joe Batt’s Arm - There was a time on Fogo Island when the main social events during the winter were what was called The Parades. Now, there is a generation of people here who have no idea what they were, of how men (and women) wearing fancy regalia, staffs, and with flags flying, paraded around the harbor, sometimes led by a white horse or brass band, and finally ending up at their halls where they feasted and danced till daylight.
The reporter for my story says that Loyal Orange Society and the Ladies Orange Benevolent Ladies Association of Fogo held their annual parade and usual evening festivities on Feb. 18, 1955 and that the Society of United Fishermen held their parade, etc. on Feb. 2, 1955. He also reported that the SUF of Joe Batt’s Arm held their parade on Feb. 18, and that their church service had been conducted by Clayton Mensions, principal of the new six-room school there.