Parish councils across the island are to play a major role in the success of activities marking the country’s Jubilee Independence celebration.
This was disclosed by Acting Executive Director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), Delroy Gordon on July 5, as he addressed a JIS Think Tank.
Mr. Gordon stated that parish councils have, over the years, been a bedrock for the successful staging of festival and Independence activities and with this year being Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence, they will have an even more critical role to play.
“In fact, over the past three weeks, we have been having meetings. We’ve had meetings with about 10 mayors so far (to) discuss the parish calendar of events. So the parish councils are on board with what we’re doing,” he informed.
He said that many of the mayors are members or chairmen of the various planning committees.
Mr. Gordon said that while the parishes do not have the facilities to stage events of the magnitude of the grand gala, on Independence Day, each parish will be having their own ‘gala’ celebrations.
“That is why all parishes are being supported financially in order to ensure that (they) feel equally a part of what is happening and that the celebrations are not just centralised in Kingston, but disbursed throughout the island,” he stated.
The activities, to be held in the rural areas, will be diverse in nature, ranging from gospel concerts to variety shows and street dances. Further, there will be large video screens mounted in parish capitals where persons can view the celebratory activities in the Corporate Area.
In addition, there is a window dressing competition to encourage merchants and organisations across the island to decorate their places of work and business appropriately. There will be one trophy per parish to be awarded to the winning entity.
The JCDC is also finalising a template for the decoration of town centres so that there can be uniformity across the island.
By O. Rodger Hutchinson, JIS PRO