Forde steals show at Independence parade


Mildred Forde created quite a stir in her Independence oufit

Not even early morning showers and overcast skies could dampen the spirits of the hundreds of patriotic Barbadians who turned up at the Garrison Savannah this morning to celebrate the 49th anniversary of the island’s Independence.

Acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy took the place of Freundel Stuart who is away on Government business

Perhaps, the persons who stole the show this morning were 87-year-old Mildred Forde, who turned up bedecked from head to toe in the national colours and the Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders who celebrated their 65th anniversary with a brilliant display of precision marching.

Forde not only carried an umbrella of the national colours, but her handbag and shoes were also blue, yellow and black.

However, it was during the march past in front of Government Headquarters that the sprightly octogenarian attracted the most attention when she smartly saluted acting Prime Minister Richard Sealy who descended from the dais, hugged her and gave her a kiss to the delight of the large crowd which had gathered there.

Members of the Barbados Defence Force

The Royal Barbados Police band also received loud applause from the crowd in front of Government Headquarters when it began to play Peter Ram’s, All A We is One as it marched past.

Earlier, Governor General Sir Elliot Belgrave carried out an inspection of the armed and unarmed contingents on parade.

Prayers for the nation were said by The Chairman of the Barbados Christian Council, Rector of the St David’s Anglican Church, Canon Noel Burke, while the National Pledge was said by Master Demar Hunte of the Good Shepherd Primary School and Miss Abrianna Gittens of the Cuthbert Moore Primary School.

A section of the large crowd which turned out to watch the Independence parade

There was also the passing of the symbolic 50th Anniversary of Independence Broken Trident. (NC)


22 Responses to Forde steals show at Independence parade

  1. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett November 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Mrs Forde is a real ambassador for Barbados. I love her to bits.

  2. Suzette Clarke
    Suzette Clarke November 30, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Proud to be a BAJAN!

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 30, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    At least Mrs Forde got something to smile about. She looks lovely!

  4. Carol Watson
    Carol Watson November 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Nice Mrs Forde. Good to spend your pension on making yourself happy….Good job.

  5. Sugar Kat
    Sugar Kat November 30, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Look too sweet

  6. Cynthia Blackman
    Cynthia Blackman November 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    She really extended herself this year Guess she was having a bit of competition

  7. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer November 30, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    She looks lovely.

  8. jrsmith November 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Oh, hail, OH hail, our island, our pride ,our nation, our way of life, with pride and industry, I hope we do find the required prosperity, to push us forward.

  9. Mhizz Pookie Sweets
    Mhizz Pookie Sweets November 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm


  10. Michele Richards
    Michele Richards November 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Beautiful. Wonderfully patriotic.

  11. Panwallie November 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Classy and smashing. Congratulations Ms Forde.
    Congratulations Barbados. May we continue to go upward and onward.
    Happy Independence Day all. Do keep it safe.

  12. dave November 30, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Was there ‘saw Mildred -loved her
    Was not too happy seeing honourable Richard Sealy taking the Salute

    • MurielB November 30, 2015 at 10:16 pm

      I agree with you; but it was a beautiful parade. However, isn’t it obvious that some ‘meetings’ are far more important than being present at parades to celebrate our country’s 49th year of independence? SMH

  13. TRUFUL November 30, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Come on this is Independence.

  14. Cecil P November 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I’m @ the north pole but my heart is in BIM .you’re doing a great job BARBADOS TODAY I read your paper every day thank you for keeping me up to date with what’s happening in BIM . L.U BEAUTIFUL BARBADOS

  15. Veronica Ellingson November 30, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Wish I was in Barbados right now enjoying the Celebrations instead of being in 10 inches of snow Happy Independence Day Barbados

  16. Venice Daisley
    Venice Daisley November 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    Beautiful,Mildred Forde a proud Bajan.

  17. Antoinette Bynoe November 30, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I am so proud of Princess Mildred Forde, you looked awesome. You is what I called a true ambassador for Barbados.


  18. ian brathwaite December 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Look at these comments compared to others that were so sad because of lawlessness .Barbados has so much to offer its citizens. Do not loose focus of what Barbados is all about.We are a proud independent nation that has grown because of the people. Mrs Forde is a good example of our people’s pride and dedication to this country.

  19. ian brathwaite December 1, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    Happy Independence Day…………..

  20. BOBO THE SAME CLOWN December 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    Anyone know if da Mildred Forde is married? If she ain’t,BoBo is ready to propose ’cause she’s got it going .
    She is a real hard seed .

  21. Angela Fergusson December 1, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    A Bajan to be admired and loved. What a patriotic person Mildred Forde is!


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