Pomp and pageantry will be the order of the day when the annual Independence Day Parade and ‘We Barbados’ Procession is held on Saturday, November 30.
The parade will see over 900 persons representing armed and unarmed detachments assembled at Kensington Oval from 7:20 a.m. No tickets will be required for admission to the venue.
Governor General Dame Sandra Mason will inspect the detachments, which will include the Mounted Troop of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), the Barbados Cadet Corps, and the Bands of the BDF and RBPF.
Several uniformed organizations will also be represented, among them the Barbados Prison Service, the Barbados Red Cross Society, the Barbados Landship Association and the Barbados Youth Advance Corps.
This year’s parade, which will be under the direction of Commanding Officer of the Barbados Regiment, Lt. Colonel Carlos Lovell, will feature a display by the Barbados Defence Force in honour of its 40th anniversary.
The ceremony will also include an address by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley; the investiture of the recipients of National Honours and Awards; and the presentation of leadership badges to the Head Boys and Head Girls from the primary and secondary schools in Barbados.
At the end of the ceremony, the troops will march from Kensington Oval through Bridgetown. A salute will be accorded to Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley in front of the main entrance of Parliament, following which the armed detachments will continue across the Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge; proceed along Probyn Street; turn right on to Lower Bay Street and then on to Fairchild Street for dismissal.
The unarmed detachments will also pay compliments to the Prime Minister and then turn right on to Charles Duncan O’Neal Bridge for dismissal in the area of the Barbados Fire Service headquarters.
Click here to download the official programme for the 53rd Anniversary of Independence Day Parade.