Thursday, February 16, 2012

 Grenada celebrated 38 years of Independence on February 7th
and we were there for the festivities at the National Stadium.

Here's our group, all dressed in red, green and gold, the national colors of Grenada.
The colorful homes on the hill-side above the stadium.
The National Stadium, host to world-class cricket and cultural events.

The festivities started with the children dancing around may-poles and then moved on to historic native Indian dancers and moko jumbie stilt walkers.

The main portion of the show was the parade of all branches of Grenada's military and service organizations.

The Venezuelan government sent a contingent of soldiers and paratroopers.

The Governor General and Prime Minister presided over the festivities.

The Grenadians are very patriotic and for days leading up to the celebration you saw them wearing the national colors. The stands were a sea of vibrant red, green and gold!

Jim (green shirt) and Tom (red shirt and hat) enjoying a beer and some conversation.
Leslie and Wendy enjoying the day!

This is the first time that we have been in Grenada at this time of the year so Independence Day, the Work Boat Regatta and many other events are all firsts for us.  We are enjoying them all and hope to bring you many more in the weeks to come.

1 comment:

  1. Pictures are fantastic. I remember being a part of a May-Pole Dance thru the Convent I attended in Trinidad, when the Queen visited on our Independence day, many, many moons away. Also the military in all there finery strutting there stuff. "Memory Lane" eh! Great stuff.