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Independence parade marks 47 years


The armed units march past.

The armed units march past.

Hundreds of members of armed and unarmed units showed off their skills as part of this year’s Independence Day Parade under bright, blue skies this morning.

Barbadians convered at the Garrison Savannah for the parade marking the country’s 47th independence anniversay.

Governor General, Sir Elliott Belgrave, took the salute in an hour-long march-past in various formations by the service groups, moving in keen precision to a medley of marching renditions by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band.

Governor General Sir Elliot Belgrave and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on the parade square.

Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart on the parade square.


There were a gun salute to the nation, prayers, a recital of the Barbados National Pledge, the rousing of Three Cheers, and a final salute to the nation.

One of highlights of this year’s parade will be a special display from the Barbados Landship to mark their 150th anniversary and a detachment from the visiting British Royal Navy frigate HMS Lancaster.

The parade culminated with a ceremonial march to The City.

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