JIS News

Pyrotechnics and Fireworks were two of the many highlights at this year’s Independence Grand Gala, August 6th at the National Stadium on an absolutely phenomenal night of entertainment and celebration.
Before this “Not many people [Jamaicans] would have seen pyrotechnics go off. When you watch the Michael Jackson shows, the Janet Jackson and the madonnas of the world we see pyrotechnics on stage on television. But on August 6, Jamaicans [were] able to see it live and direct at the national stadium as part of our independence celebrations”, stated Mr. Lenford Salmon, Administrative Director at Jambiz International in an Interview with JIS News. Jambiz was the producer of the event.
“The Grand Gala was one big independence party, one big independence celebration designed for the people of Jamaica so that they could celebrate in fine style”, Mr. Salmon added.
The fireworks show decorated the night’s sky with a kaleidoscope of colours that delighted the jam-packed National Stadium. “This was my first time in the National Stadium and the night’s entertainment especially the fireworks display was extraordinary. This is a night I’ll remember for a long time and I hope this becomes an annual event”, Ms. Dion Darien a patron aged 25 told JIS News.
Another patron Claudette Campbell, 52 told JIS News “I thoroughly enjoyed the Grand Gala. I’m so happy that I came; it reminded me of what Independence used to be like when I was younger and I give it 10 out of 10 for entertainment”.
The night’s festivities also included performances from popular Reggae/Dancehall acts such as Freddie McGregor, Mavado, D’Angel, Etana and Roy Rayon, 2008 Festival Song Winner among others.
Some 1500 costume participants also performed as well as the joint Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Band. Additionally there was the inspection of the Guards by the Head of State and a drill exercise by the JDF.
A procession of race cars and motor bikes was another feature that got the capacity crowd to its feet and saw patrons waving flags in a strong show of patriotism.
The Grand Gala, a signature piece of Jamaica’s Independence Celebrations, was returning for the first time in many years. The admission to the Grand Gala was free.