Independence Day parade on Dec 1

This year’s Independence Day parade will not be held on November 30th as customary.

The venue will also be the Bridgetown Port and not the traditional Garrison Savannah for the event, which marks the island’s 48th anniversary of  independence from Britain.

Independence Day falls on a Sunday this year.

A release from the Barbados Defence Force today did not give any reason for the changes but simply informed that “the Independence Day Parade will now be held at the Bridgetown Port on Monday, December 1, commencing at 8 a.m.

“Rehearsals will be conducted at the Port on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 November 2014 at 3:30 p.m. All persons on parade are required to report to the Port by 3 p.m., for the rehearsals,” it added.

In the meantime,  rehearsals scheduled for this Sunday have been cancelled, amid inclement weather.



18 Responses to Independence Day parade on Dec 1

  1. Barbadian St. Lucian
    Barbadian St. Lucian November 22, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Christmas in November, Independence in December…….Guess Good Friday coming a Tuesday next year.

  2. Jus Breezy
    Jus Breezy November 22, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Ridiculous! !

  3. Hassan Taylor
    Hassan Taylor November 22, 2014 at 4:56 pm


  4. Barbadian St. Lucian
    Barbadian St. Lucian November 22, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Ok.. I understand now. I thought the date of Barbados Independence was of national importance no matter which day it falls. Sunday bank holiday law apply to that also. Sorry, my bad.

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce November 23, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Jevrone Emtage-mondesir, well said. A day off people enjoy the celebrations. I know we will in the UK parties right through to 30th attending the 48th Independence service God willing. Let us give Jah thanks and praise.

  6. Allan B Love
    Allan B Love November 23, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Still not Independent …Mr.Governor

  7. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria November 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Sigh….guess I will have to wait one more day to blast mah Christmas music…..

  8. Michael November 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Only bout hay an no other wayb Guess de only thing dah cant change is bajan minds . how biut changing election day tah de 28 november 2014 dah would be excellent

  9. David Tull November 28, 2014 at 10:42 am

    To Matthew Clarke… There is no such rule (written or otherwise) that says parades must be held on a bank holiday. Independence Day is 30 Nov and should be celebrated on that day as is customary and the parade is part of that celebration. The Holiday however can be given on the following day Dec 1st, which is also customary as with any other holiday falling on a Sunday.

  10. David Tull November 28, 2014 at 11:06 am

    I also noticed that the defense forces made the changes. I wonder what their plans are for 30 Nov. When did they take over the organizing of national activities? That should be done either by the responsible government ministry with the support of local organizations and businesses. The defense & police forces, fire brigade, schools cadets & other entities would be invited to send a volunteer force from their various divisions to participate in the parade.


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