24/7 à Grand Baie


Après la première édition à Port Louis, suivie de celle à Rose Hill, la HRDC a donné rendez vous à tous les mauriciens dans le village touristique de Grand Baie depuis hier et jusqu’à  demain, le 20 décembre 2009.


Enorme embouteillage sur l’autoroute, la file de voitures continuait à perte de vue! Heureusement, la route de Triolet à Grand Baie n’était pas si encombrée car après une dizaine de minutes d’attente, j’ai pu rejoindre la route cotière et garer ma voiture quelques centaines de mètres du poste de la garde cote nationale.

A noter que les véhicules n’étaient pas autorisés de circuler de ce poste (ex-poste de police) jusqu’à l’autre bout de Grand Baie (très probablement près du centre de conférence).


La foule a répondu présent, comme toujours! Presque tous les magasins de cette partie du village sont restés ouverts et les marchands ambulants ont profité de l’aubaine pour écouler leurs produits, principalement les fast foods.

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Plus loin, des centaines de gens assistaient à  un mini concert avec la participation de plusieurs artistes.


Quant aux pirogues, dizaines d’entre eux étaient dans l’eau et décorées avec des flambeaux.


Après presque deux heures dans cette ambiance de fête, j’ai pris le chemin du retour.

J’étais un peu déçu par le comportement de certaines personnes, notamment de cette femme qui hurlait à  l’arrière de sa voiture, bloquée dans la circulation :

“Ki couyonade sa, ene ferfoute pas pu marser!”

Je n’arrive toujours pas à comprendre ce que pourra bien faire plaisir à  ces gens. Curieux, beaucoup de mauriciens se déplacent pour vivre cette nouvelle expérience et ainsi participer à cette initiative de la HRDC afin d’étendre les heures d’activité de l’économie mauricienne. Les autorités essaient de faire le maximum pour assurer la sécurité des gens et je dirais qu’ils sont impuissants face aux milliers de voitures convergeant vers Grand Baie.

Si seulement cette femme avait garé sa voiture un peu plus loin, cela aurait certainement contribué à une meilleure fluidité de la circulation. Et si tout le monde en faisait autant?

Je me demandes bien si elle se rendra à la prochaine événement “24/7”.

Très probablement oui et elle y seras en voiture, encore une fois.

Et finalement, “note to myself” :  Je ne suis pas encore très habile avec mon camera, surtout la nuit.

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11 thoughts on “24/7 à Grand Baie

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  1. 24/7 damn stupid stuff !! making a concert to make people come there ! guess the profits the businesses there made was equal to the price of the concert ! they could have simply given the money to the businesses in that case !
    Energy wastage !!
    Should sensitize the population on wasting less energy and buying near their own places ! Surely this is irresponsab ! surtout ek problem pollution ek climatique !
    #FAIL !!!


  2. Was there. Not much to do though. I mean, there was enough activity to see, but nothing to participate in! But I went just to see how the 24/7 was organized.

    My major problem were the traffic jams. I spent 2hrs getting to Grand Bay, and out! Got a small parking in front of a shop, in the back-streets of Grand Bay. Not too far from the center, fortunately.

    About business being made, I personally did not see many people shopping. Most were sitting on the beach, watching the concert.

    24/7 in other countries doesn’t work like that. It’s nothing special for them. It’s just that people don’t have time during the day, so businesses have gradually started opening at night to cater for people wanting to do stuff after work. Restaurants open to allow people to dine out, then maybe a trip to the theater or cinema. Or just casual shopping.

    In Mauritius, it’s like a festival. So much that at Grand Bay, I thought it was a night-time fancy fair. I guess Mauritians are just not used enough to the concept of dine-out night-life.


    1. @Inf : You said it right, its more like an opportunity for families to get out at night and enjoy. In fact, I go there for the same reasons too, checking out what and how it has been organised, meeting people, and taking pics 😛


  3. @inf: completely agree with you. the concept of 24/7 in mauritius is a nice start because we have to start somewhere… but i think that it is not heading in the right direction… like you said, for me from the start 24/7 was just a fancy fair where you could get out at night with the family and buy cheap (can i say tasty? ;p) fast food in a relatively secure location. for the concept of 24/7 to really work, a change of mindset of the population which is for the great majority, including me, which rather stay at home, watch tv and go to bed…



  4. Well, the 24/7 is not really to open the shops all night i think.
    It’s more like an event with animations, musics …
    It’s quite a good thing for Mauritius because people are coming and it’s friendly.
    People get out of their houses and see other part of the island.
    Not really sure the shops are making much more sales … but it’s better than having a dead island with everything closing a 5 pm and nothing to do during the evenings.


  5. FAIL….MO TI P camP pereyber….in al sa ggt 24/7 lA…fran tou mon perdi 3 hr temps precieux ….. pa pou re met lipié laba!

    dans place fer 1 caca cumsa pa ti cav prend cash la donne dimoune pauvre?


  6. mauritius is too undeveloped for something “grandiose” like that,,,,, also the main SHIT WAS TO SAVE ELECTRICITY LOL….I CAN’T SEE HOW THE FUCK THEY CAN SAVE ELECTRICITY!,…..BIGGEST FAIL EVER…

    i am looking forward to the New ebene,… that would be amazing/…
    why these idiots did not think of a mini airport in ebene?…would that help mauritius in developing?…


  7. Hi all! Was at the 24/7 festival at Grand Bay on 19th of December. There was a singer at big building with Emtel Advertisment the traffic lights at between 17:00 and 18:00. The picture in the middle top row below Quelques photos on this page. Does anybody by chance know, who this great guy with the impressive voice is?

    Kind regards,



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