Here’s an update on the Iconic Events for the 50th Anniversary of Independence:
REVEAL OF THE NATIONAL MONUMENT
The National Monument will be revealed today, Independence Day, during a short impactful ceremony at the Garrison Savannah beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The monument, a pathway of Independence, chronicles the foundation years of Barbados’ nationhood. Along the pathway are featured some of Barbados’ defining moments as a nation, while strategically placed benches will bear the names of successive leaders, who steered the island through those 50 years.
The reveal of this 50th Anniversary Monument will appeal to Barbadians who want to come out and witness it first-hand but it will also make an exciting televised event for those who choose to stay at home.
There will be a shuttle service provided by the Barbados Transport Board from the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal from 6:00 p.m. for persons wishing to attend. Following the ceremony the shuttle service will resume, returning persons to the Bus Terminal and transporting others to Kensington Oval for the Golden Anniversary Spectacular Mega Concert.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY SPECTACULAR MEGA CONCERT
The Concert, powered by FLOW, is free and members of the public do not need tickets to enter. However, persons who obtained tickets for seating at the Garrison Savannah, where the event was first slated to be held, should enter the Oval via the 3Ws entrance. All other persons should enter through the eastern and western gates.
There will be a park and ride service provided by the Barbados Transport Board, from 8:00 p.m. and persons may park their vehicles at the National Cultural Foundation, West Terrace, St. James; Queens College, Husbands, St. James and the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael. Persons will pay $7.00 to access this service. There will also be an end-of-event transportation service provided.
50th ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE PARADE
The highly anticipated Independence Parade will now take place on December 1, at Kensington Oval, beginning at 6:00 p.m. and all Barbadians and visitors are invited to come out and participate in this historic event.
Following the arrival of the Governor General, some 19 organisations will be on parade, along with the Massed Band of the Barbados Defence Force, the Royal Barbados Police Force and the Barbados Cadet Corps.
During the parade, they will execute a series of ceremonial drill movements in celebration of Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence. These movements will include a ceremonial march past in slow and quick time which will be followed by displays from the United States Coast Guard Silent Drill Team; the Barbados Cadet Corps; and the Guyana Defence Force Paratroop Regiment.
Immediately following the parade, the organisations will execute the ceremonial march to Independence Square, Bridgetown.
While entry to the event is free, members of the public who were issued tickets for seating at the Garrison Savannah, should enter the Oval via the 3Ws entrance. All other persons should enter the venue through the eastern and western gates.
Persons interested in attending may use the shuttle service provided by the Barbados Transport Board, from the Fairchild Street Bus Terminal, beginning at 5:00 p.m., at the regular fare. The shuttle service will return to the Bus Terminal following the event.