The staging of the annual Independence Parade for 2014 moves back to the morning period at the National Stadium at Queen’s Park, according to Deputy Chairman of the National Celebrations Committee, Adrian Francis.
“On Independence Day most of you would have realised over the years that we had Independence in the afternoon. This year it is moving to the morning, because we want persons to integrate,” he told reporters at a press conference.
Francis said he wants people to come to the Stadium in the morning time to enjoy the parade and then go back to their respective communities and enjoy the rest of the day.
The annual Independence Church Service on February 2 remains on the list of activities for this year’s activities, as well as the wreath-laying ceremony in addition to a number of sporting and cultural activities.
This year the Annual Award, Dinner and Ball Ceremony will be held at the Radisson Hotel formerly Grenada Grand Beach Resort on the evening of February 7.
A total of 10 Grenadians will be awarded for their outstanding achievements and contributions to national development over the years.
Francis is appealing to the public to wear their national colours with pride and dignity as Grenada has a lot to celebrate including the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Kirani James from the London games.
Chairperson of NCC, Dr. Judy Du Bois said that the parade would be exceptional this year.
Although the Committee is yet to confirm the participation of foreign military troops and para-troopers at next month’s event, Du Bois told the media that letters of invitations were sent out to friendly countries and they anticipated favourable responses.
This year, the Committee is also planning to stage a re-enactment of the day that Grenada gained its independence from Britain in 1974 under the leadership of former Prime Minister Sir Eric Matthew Gairy.
The theme for year this year’s Independence Celebrations will be “Uniting The People, Restoring Hope For A Brighter Tomorrow.”
Digicel Grenada, which goes under the banner of “Be Extraordinary”, has agreed to partner with NCC to contribute to activities to mark the 40th Anniversary by offering weekly give-away prizes in which eight lucky customers would win $40.00 Credit daily, and handset specials among other initiatives.
Marketing Manager Kirk Seetahal said the telecom company has already begun to decorate its head office at Point Salines for independence with the famous national colours of red, green and yellow colours.
Digicel is the sponsor of the 2014 Best Decorated Village competition in which the will receive a $4,000.00 cash prize.
Seetahal encouraged locals to “embrace Grenada and for all that we stand for, all that we have accomplished over the past 40 years”.
This year some 46 pieces of artwork were received from primary school students as part of the annual Arts Competition.
The first and second positions went to students of St Mark’s Secondary School with their pieces “National Products” and National and Cultural Heritage by Leedon Henry and Akiel Palsey respectively.
St Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School’s Sherece Blanche with her portrayal of “Freedom Through Empowerment” took the third position.
The top 12 artworks were selected to be part of an Independence Calendar which can be purchased from this week at approximately $10 will be featured during an art display as part of the Independence activities at the Grenada National Museum.
The 2014 Logo winner is St John’s resident, Horris George who presented an original painting, which attracted the judges.
He was presented with his cheque for $1,000.00 during the press conference.
NCC Public Relations Officer, Shirma Wells disclosed at the press briefing that the annual Independence motorcade, which has been absent for the past few years will return this year featuring a wide variety of patriotic music.
She said that this event carded for January 25 is designed to create that patriotic spirit across the nation.
Parliamentary Representative in the Ministry of Culture, Senator Brenda Hood announced that a cultural group from the People’s Republic of China would visit Grenada and display their talent to Grenadians at the Grenada Trade Centre on February 4.
Government has allocated $600,000.00 for the financing of activities to mark Grenada’s 40 Anniversary of Independence, which runs from February 2014 to February 2015.