Welcome Back
Independence Day celebrations

Mon 26 Sep 2011 - 10:09 || Welcome Back Wi-owner || Newest user is KrisDeviant || Number of Post 5624 || Site up Days 748

You are not connected. Please login or register

View previous topic View next topic Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

1Independence Day celebrations  Empty
Independence Day celebrations on Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:39 pm



Independence Day celebrations  Indepe10
These girls were happy to dress in the national colours at the Independence Day parade yesterday. - Norman Grindley

Jamaican pride was on full display yesterday as hundreds of black, gold, and green-clad, flag waving Jamaicans marched through the streets of the Corporate Area celebrating the country's 48th anniversary of independence.

"It's a great sense of pride just being out here celebrating our independence and seeing our culture on display," beamed Verna Wells, as she watched the floats make their way down Tom Redcam Avenue.

"Our people have struggled through colonialism, and here we are as an independent country. We have achieved a lot," she added.

Those sentiments were echoed by Clive Pink, who took his family, including 13-year-old son, Nikolai, to watch the parade.

Pink said he was especially proud to see the many cultural displays because "this is one of the main things that make it look like an independence celebration". Nikolai, a student of Calabar High School, said he was happy to see the parade of classic cars and bikes, but said he "felt good to know that Jamaica is an independent country".

waved their flags

The bright mid-day sun and the accompanying heat did little to damper the mood as young, old and middle-aged waved their flags and danced to the pulsating rhythms coming from the float trucks and the marching bands.

"This is more exciting because in '62 (the year Jamaica got independence) we were just starting out, so we didn't understand too much," said Mama P, an elderly woman from St Catherine, who said she witnessed the first Independence Day celebration.

Resting on a wall along Tom Red-cam Avenue, 'Mama P', who said she participated in several Independence Day parades, was happy to see the number of young people participating in the festivities.

She said this would give them a better understanding of their culture.

Dancing and singing beside 'Mama P', Sarah Fagan said Independence Day was one of the best holidays.

high spirits

"Jamaica is still one of the best countries. We still have high spirits. It's great," Fagan told THE STAR.

Except for routine cases of dehydration and headaches, volunteers from the Ministry of Health reported no major problems.

In addition, Deputy Superintendent Hornet Williams told THE STAR that everything was calm throughout the day as "people were just enjoying themselves".

Independence Day celebrations  Indepe11
Uniformed groups participating in the march past at the Independence Day Ceremony at Kings House on Friday. - Ricardo Makyn

Independence Day celebrations  Wilogo14

Face Book Fan Page>> Independence Day celebrations  Icon210

View previous topic View next topic Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum


Chat Room
Free forum | © PunBB | Free forum support | Contact | Report an abuse | Forumotion.com