Colour, pomp and rain
THE SKIES opened up and rained down on the 52nd Independence Anniversary Parade at Kensington Oval last Friday, drenching people and uniforms. But the heat of Barbadian pride quickly dried out the hundreds who stood or sat through it all and loudly cheered the spectacle.
It was the longest Independence Parade to date, with new features that symbolised the new beginning that Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley alluded to when she addressed the cheering crowd.
The early chaos outside the stands before the 8 a.m. start of the parade saw several people arriving and wandering around to find someone to direct them to their appointed places, and frustration was evident.
However, the pomp and ceremony which followed made it all worthwhile as the uniformed and civilian groups participating in the event presented a spectacle that left some spectators remarkin afterwards: “This is the best parad I ever attended.”
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley and Governor General Dame Sandra Mason added extra colour and flair to the occasion, striking strong fashion notes.
The Prime Minister’s white dress with painted accent of blue at the hemline and the sleeves was masterfully accentuated with a large scarf emblazoned with a huge Pride of Barbados flower tha gushed the pride of independence
Dame Sandra was demure and stately, her gold floral-patterned dress and jacket, set off with a wide-brimmed gold hat.
The powerful voice of the Barbados Defence Force’ second in command, Captain Carlos Lovell, commanding his first parade, rang out over the Oval, competing with the heavy showers whose weight was not enough to drown the orde to the troops showing off their fine side. The march past was crisp
JUBILANT BARBADIANS in the stands at Kensington Oval, celebrating during the Independence Day Parade.
MEMBERS of the Royal Barbados Police Force marching past Governor General Dame Sandra Mason.
THE MOUNTED TROOPS didn’t get a chance to parade during the official ceremony due to the wet conditions, but were able to parade on the streets in front of hundreds of Barbadians.