Rehearsals for the Independence Day Parade took place at the Bridgetown Port today.
All members of the uniformed services, who would be on parade from 8 a.m. on Monday, participated in the final rehearsal ahead of the big event, which celebrates 48 years of Barbados’ Independence.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Minister of Social Care and Constituency Empowerment and Community Development Steve Blackett announced that the annual Independence service would be held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre under the theme Hope, Healing and Strength through Unity.
The service, scheduled to commence at 4 p.m., would be preceded by a cultural presentation expected at 3 p.m.
“The theme was specifically chosen to reflect the importance of being hopeful despite the financial and other challenges that the country is facing at this time and, of course, we are eagerly anticipating a re-emergence of Barbados. There will be a prayer for the health of the nation, in addition to the usual prayers for the youth, nation, Government and family life,” he said.
An 80-member mass choir, the Royal Barbados Police Force Band and cultural presentations would be featured among other presentations at the service, which would be attended by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave and Lady Belgrave, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson among other
Blackett also disclosed that in order to avoid a build up of traffic in the area there will be a park and ride bus service operating from Sky Mall, Garfield Sobers Sports Complex and the Barbados Community College.