A National Independence Calypso Competition at the Sauteurs bus terminal tomorrow (Saturday February 1) will kick off a week of activities marking Grenada 40th Anniversary of Independence on February 7th.
Reigning national calypso monarch Keturah George is among eleven calypsonians vying for the independence monarch title.
The competition which last took place in 2012 was jointly won by Pamela Courtney and Croquetta.
Apart from Keturah who is looking to dethrone the 2012 joint winners, the rest of the field is comprised of a mixture of seasoned calypsonians such as Teacher Eddie, Smallies and Sour Serpent.
Lady Fearless is one of the three female artistes in the competition that is scheduled to start at 8.00 p.m.
The other contestants are Lay Lay Lay, Sargent Folks, Super Star, and Roots Man Kelly.
The selection of the nine calypsonians came from a field of 21 that was judged through CDs that were presented to the Ministry of Culture by the participating calypsonians.
Following the Independence Calypso Monarch Competition, the Nation will give thanks to God on Sunday during an Ecumenical Service at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in St David’s from 3.00 p.m. Under the auspices of the Conference of Churches of Grenada (CCG).
Also on that day, the National Celebrations Committee which has been collaborating with the Ministry Of Health will bring an end to a two-day national clean up exercise.
On Tuesday, February 4th, Grenadians will be treated to a display by a visiting Chinese acrobatic team at the Grenada Trade Center.
The activities roll over to Wednesday February 5th with a cultural extravaganza at Grenville, St. Andrew’s which will end with fireworks.
National colors day will be on Thursday, February 6th. Everyone is invited to dress in their national colors as they display their patriotism for the country. During the day there will be an arts exhibition at the Grenada National Museum portraying young Grenadian artists.
Later that evening at the Caranage, St. George’s, there will be a cultural activity which moves on to Fort George where there will be the re-enactment of what took place on the night of February 6th 1974, leading up to independence itself when Grenada severed ties with Great Britain under the labour party government of late Prime Minister, Sir Eric Gairy.
The main Independence Day celebration will take place in the form of a military parade at the Grenada National Stadium from 9.00 a.m and will also feature an address to the nation by Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell.
Later that evening there will be an independence dinner and award ceremony at the Grenada Trade Center.