Celebrations to mark Barbados’ 51st anniversary of Independence will culminate with the annual Independence Day Parade on Thursday, November 30, at the Garrison Savannah at 8:00 a.m.

This year’s parade will feature over 900 persons representing armed and unarmed units, under the direction of Commanding Officer of the Barbados Regiment and Deputy Principal of Graydon Sealy Secondary School, Major Andrew Skeete.

On parade will be detachments from the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), the Bands of the BDF and RBPF, the Barbados Cadet Corps and its Band, the Barbados Prison Service, the Barbados Fire Service, the Government Security Guards, and the Barbados Youth Service.

The Barbados Boy Scouts Association, the Girl Guides Association of Barbados, the Barbados Red Cross Society, the St John Ambulance Association of Barbados, the Barbados Landship Association, the Seventh-Day Adventist Pathfinders, and the Mounted Troop of the RBPF will also participate in the parade.  Along with the usual pomp and pageantry of the event, spectators will also be treated to a special display by the St John Ambulance Association.

Acting Governor General, Sir Philip Greaves, will inspect the troops. At the end of the ceremony, they will march from the Garrison Savannah to Bay Street, where Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will take the salute at Government Headquarters.

The parade will culminate in Independence Square.


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