The climax of celebrations to mark Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence will include the annual Independence Day Parade on Wednesday, November 30, at the Historic Garrison Savannah, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
This year’s parade will feature over 1,200 persons representing armed and unarmed units, under the direction of Parade Commander, Major Wendy Yearwood.
On parade will be detachments from the Barbados Defence Force (BDF), the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF), the Bands of the BDF and RBPF, the Barbados Cadet Corps and its Band, the Barbados Prison Service, the Barbados Fire Service, the Government Security Guards, and the Barbados Youth Service.
The Barbados Boy Scouts Association, the Girl Guides Association of Barbados, the Barbados Red Cross Society, the St. John Ambulance Association of Barbados, the Barbados Landship Association, the Seventh-Day Adventist Pathfinders, and the Mounted Troop of the RBPF will also participate in the parade. To mark this special occasion, the Barbados Postal Service, the Immigration Department, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Nursing Services, the Church Lads and Girls Brigade, the Transport Board and Regional Security System will also have representatives on parade.
Along with the usual pomp and pageantry of the event, spectators will also be treated to special displays by the Barbados Cadet Corps, the United States Army Silent Drill Team and the Paratroopers from the Guyana Defence Force.
His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, will inspect the troops. At the end of the ceremony, they will march from the Garrison Savannah to Bay Street, where Prime Minister Freundel Stuart will take the salute at Government Headquarters.
The parade will culminate in Independence Square.