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Grand street parade to launch 50th 

The year-long 50th independence anniversary celebrations focusing on “the good, the bad and the ugly” of Barbados will be launched on January 6, 2016 with a grand street parade which will climax at Independence Square, home of the statue of Errol Barrow, the Father of Independence.

Chairman of the 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations organizing committee, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, told Barbados TODAY that the parade will be led by uniformed groups and will climax with a ceremony and cultural presentation.

BDF Chief of Staff Alvin Quintyne

Dr Byer-Suckoo revealed that the Broken Trident will also begin a journey across Barbados as part of the programme to launch the celebrations, and that the Chamberlain Bridge will be opened to allow a flotilla of coast guard vessels and fishing boats to enter the careenage.

“In Independence Square the Broken Trident which was presented to Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave on Independence Day is going to be handed to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. He will hand it to a parish ambassador and from there, for the rest of the year that will make its way across Barbados. The oldest fisherman, as well as the youngest sea scout will be involved in the ceremony,” she told Barbados TODAY following a press conference to launch the guidelines for use of the 50th Anniversary logos. The guidelines will be posted on the Government Information Service website from Monday

“The one [logo] with the Barbados Trident and Coat of Arms is only to be used by Government. The others without the Coat of Arms can be used for co-branding.

“The one with the map of Barbados is for merchandising and that is the one persons have to apply to the secretariat to use because it is an official logo. Then there is the logo for corporate Barbados to use,” Byer-Suckoo said.

Noting that all sectors will be involved in the celebrations throughout the year, Dr Byer-Suckoo said the focus would not only be on pomp and pageantry, but also reassessing Barbados’ past and future.

 “Getting us to focus on the good, the bad and the ugly. The things that we like and we need and want to keep, the things that we don’t want anymore and what to get rid of.

“The things that we don’t have yet, but we want to acquire. We have to think about our values and all those things that made us great. To do that we have to engage all Barbadians and we have activities planned to do that,” she explained.

A Barbados 50th anniversary souvenir calendar will also be on sale for $20.

5 Responses to Grand street parade to launch 50th 

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce December 12, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    The year-long 50th independence anniversary celebrations focusing on “the good, the bad and the ugly” of Barbados will be launched on January 6, 2006. Wunna start off focusing on the bad, incorrect year stated.

  2. Johnathan December 12, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    There isn’t much good to celebrate and we know the ugly in Bay Street..

  3. Olutoye Walrond December 12, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    So what of the Prime Minister’s announced plans for the republic? None of the talk about celebrations makes any reference to this. Is this then just another case of kite flying?

  4. Sue Donym December 12, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    I think we can acknowledge fifty without trying to outdo someone else’s torch run or baton relay. I cringe when I imagine how much nearly-naked wukking up we will endure to prove that we’re liberated; how much champagne will have to be bought and how many hors d’oeuvres (and office hours) will be needed for ministers to regale us with stories of how we never had it so good.

    Please, someone wake me up when it’s over…

  5. Samuel Morrison December 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Sue Donym. You can sleep forever. What drivel.


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