JIS News

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) has planned a number of exciting and dynamic events to celebrate Jamaica’s 48th year of Independence on August 6, under the theme: ‘Positive Vibrations’.
The day will commence with the annual Independence Day Parade and Civic Ceremony on the West Lawns of King’s House in St. Andrew, where Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding, and Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, will present their Independence Day messages to the nation.
Scheduled to commence at 9:00 a.m., the event will feature the mounting of a Guard of Honour by the Jamaica Defence Force and include the participation of a number of other uniformed groups, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Jamaica Fire Brigade and the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.
The civic ceremony will be followed by a Street Parade, which is scheduled to begin at noon at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road, Kingston.
JCDC Marketing and Promotions Co-ordinator, Keneshia Nooks, told JIS News that while the popular float procession will be absent from this year’s event, patrons can enjoy performances of some eight costumed groups, each comprising more than 200 participants.
“That street parade will take you through the streets of Kingston on to the National Stadium, where we will host the Grand Gala,” she informed.
Some 2,000 performers drawn from several communities and youth groups will participate in this year’s Independence Grand Gala, which will feature a number of exciting and energetic entertainment acts, including musicals, drama pieces and dances. It will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Miss Nooks said there would also be a “wow factor” as part of the show, with a surprise grand finale.
“At the same time, you will have the Western Gala on the strip of Montego Bay, St. James and of course there’s going to be street dances in each parish,” she informed.
This year’s Independence National Street Dance will be held in Half-Way-Tree Square, St. Andrew.

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