Chairman of the National Celebrations Committee Livingston Nelson has written to political organizations requesting that they advise supporters to not wear “political paraphernalia” to attend next week Thursday Independence celebrations at the National Stadium.
“We are celebrating independence, we don’t recognise party for independence, we are all one people when it comes to celebrating our Independence,” said Nelson in justifying the request.
Grenada is currently engaging in general elections campaigning for the February 19th polls and Grenada’s 39th Independence celebrations will conclude next Thursday February 07th with a military parade and awards ceremony at the National Stadium.
Over the years persons were encouraged to wear national colours clothing as a sign of patriotism. However, the national colours of yellow, green and red and also the colours of political parties.
Earlier this year Cabinet approved EC$500,000 for this year celebrations which was scheduled to start on Saturday January 26th with the St Mark Best Village Festival. Throughout the period there are a number of community and parish events which includes cricket and football competitions, the Independence School rallies and Cultural events.
The grand finale event will be a display of cultural and thousands are expected to pack the National Stadium not just to see the military parade but to hear the announcement of those who are recognized through the national heroes on honours act for outstanding contribution to Grenada, nationally, regionally and internationally.
The theme for the 2013 celebrations is: “Celebrating 39 years of Achievement with Renewed Optimism.”
By Linda Straker