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Barbados Celebrates 57 Years of Independence with a Monument, a Parade and Cooler Parties

by Karen Rollins Nov 27, 2023

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A “spectacular” Independence Day Parade is set to take place at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex on Thursday 30 November 2023 to mark Barbados’ 57th year of Independence.

At a recent press conference, Minister of Home Affairs and Information, Wilfred Abrahams, announced details for the event which he said would befit the special occasion.

The parade will have its usual numbers with 17 detachments and a total of 976 persons on show including the Massed Band. It will also feature the presentation of the national honours and an address by the Prime Minister.

In addition, the Barbados Landship, which is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, will also feature along with other cultural organisations.

Commodore Errington Shurland, Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, said that plans were in place to accommodate 2,700 spectators at the parade. 

He urged people to attend and join in the celebrations which will start at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, travel along Black Rock Main Road, before the Prime Minister and Cabinet take the salute at the Carlton Supermarket Complex. Parade participants will then turn right and go down Carlton Road before disbanding at the Carlton Cricket Club Sports Facility.

Before the parade, on Tuesday 28 November at 4.30pm, residents and visitors are invited to National Heroes Square for the unveiling of a ‘Monument to the Barbadian Family’ – a new artistic tribute to all Barbadian families, both past and present. 

Independence Day Concert 2023

This unveiling ceremony will be followed by a concert featuring a talented cast of young performers and rising stars from across the island.

The Independence Celebrations continue 30 November from 4pm until 8pm onboard the Harbour Master. Boarding for the Waves Fest Independence Cooler Cruise starts at 2.30pm from the Speightstown Jetty. Tickets are already 95% sold out! 

And, if you are still in a party mood, on 2 December from 6pm until midnight a cooler pool party is taking place at Bubbler’s Splash Deck in Oldbury, St Philip. Tickets are $50 (BBD).

Independence Day Pool Party 2023
Sources: Barbados Government Information ServiceThe National Cultural Foundation of Barbados and What’s On In Barbados.