Bar­ba­dos Turns 50: Cel­e­bra­tions Through­out 2016

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Since 1966, Bar­ba­dos has cel­e­brated Inde­pen­dence Day on Novem­ber 30th of each year. Cel­e­bra­tions include a wide range of activ­i­ties dur­ing the month of Novem­ber, and of course, cer­tain Bajan del­i­ca­cies are more evi­dent in restau­rants and on Bajan tables dur­ing this month. How­ever, 2016 marks a very spe­cial year in Bar­ba­dian his­tory: this island will be cel­e­brat­ing its 50th year of inde­pen­dence from Britain. As such, the cel­e­bra­tions will take a dif­fer­ent tone. To mark this mile­stone, there will be a year­long jubilee with sev­eral events through­out the year geared toward a com­mem­o­ra­tion of this momen­tous occa­sion. These events, called iconic events, will high­light Bar­ba­dos’ jour­ney to this milestone.

mqdefault3The cel­e­bra­tions were offi­cially launched on Jan­u­ary 6th. On this day, there was a land and sea parade, involv­ing stu­dents from nurs­ery to sec­ondary school and other groups and orga­ni­za­tions includ­ingthe Bar­ba­dos Cadet Corps, the Boy Scouts, Girl Guides Asso­ci­a­tion, Bar­ba­dos Red Cross Soci­ety, Sev­enth Day Adven­tist Pathfind­ers, Bar­ba­dos Youth Ser­vice and the Bar­ba­dos Land­ship. This parade began at Jubilee Gar­dens and Shal­low Draught and pro­ceeded to Inde­pen­dence Square. The mul­ti­me­dia con­cert to cul­mi­nate the evening’s events was a great occa­sion fea­tur­ing a wide range of music includ­ing folk, gospel, tuk, jazz, spouge, calypso and soca per­formed by great Bar­ba­dian musi­cians includ­ing The Mighty Gabby, Red Plas­tic Bag, Emile Straker, Rupee, Shon­telle and the Royal Bar­ba­dos Police Force Band.

50th articleThen, on Jan­u­ary 21st, Errol Bar­row Day, past, present and future ath­letes took part in the 50th anniver­sary Tri­dent Run and Sun­set Com­mu­nity Con­cert. The run started from Inde­pen­dence Square and ended at the St. George Parish Church. The con­cert enti­tled,“Best of the Bands”, com­menced after the run, fea­tur­ing many musi­cal per­for­mances from var­i­ous edu­ca­tional insti­tu­tions includ­ing the Alleyne Sec­ondary School band, the 1688 junior band, Har­ri­son Col­lege pop school band and the St George Sec­ondary School steel orchestra.

There are sev­eral other events this year to mark this year­long cel­e­bra­tion of inde­pen­dence. These include:

  • Jan­u­ary 29th – Launch of the 50th Anniver­sary of Inde­pen­dence National Mon­u­ment Competition
  • Feb­ru­ary – Octo­ber 2016 – “I Pledge” Programme
  • April 16th – “From Bussa to Bar­row and Beyond” in honor of the bicen­ten­nial of the Bussa Rebellion
  • April 28th – National Heroes’ Day – A Trib­ute to the Prime Min­is­ters of Barbados
  • May 12th14thBIM Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val and Book Fair
  • June 1stLaunch of the Bar­ba­dos National Park
  • June – August – Crop Over – “Bar­ba­dos at 50, Cel­e­brat­ing our Cul­ture, Show­cas­ing our Pride
  • July 28th2020 Cricket Match in honor of The Rt. Excel­lent Sir Garfield Sobers
  • August 2nd5th – Dias­pora Conference
  • Octo­ber 16th – A Toast to the Youth of Barbados
  • Novem­ber – Bar­ba­dos Food and Wine and Rum Fes­ti­val –“Cel­e­brat­ing 50
  • Novem­ber 17th (Gala) – 20thMir­ror, Mir­ror, Show Me A Hero”
  • Novem­ber 20thNIFCA Gala — “Night of the Masters”
  • Novem­ber 24th27th – Mir­ror, Mir­ror, Show Me A Hero”
  • Novem­ber 27th – National Inde­pen­dence Service
  • Novem­ber 28th – Prime Minister’s Din­ner and Ball in honor of 50 out­stand­ing Barbadians
  • Novem­ber 29th30th – The Golden Anniver­sary Spec­tac­u­lar! Inspired, Exalted, Free
  • Novem­ber 30th – Light Float Parade

Mark your cal­en­dar and come out and cel­e­brate Bar­ba­dos’ 50th anniver­sary of Independence!

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