Colour, pomp and rain

UK Barbados Nation - - EDITORIAL - By GERCINE CARTER [email protected]­tion­

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.

Lead­er­ship badges

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.

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