JIS News

Tickets for the much anticipated Jamaica Independence Festival Grand Gala, scheduled for Friday (August 6) at the National Stadium, will be available as of Tuesday (August 3).
Patrons interested in attending the Grand Gala can collect the tickets, which are free of cost, at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) parish offices, the Inland Revenue Department, the Registrar General Department’s (RGD) offices in Kingston and St. Catherine and at Tastee outlets at Cross Roads, Patrick City, Papine, Stony Hill, New Kingston, Portmore Town Centre and Spanish Town.
The Grand Gala begins at 5pm. Gates open at 1.30pm and patrons are being asked to be seated by 4.30pm.
This year, in case of a possible crowd overflow, tickets have also been printed for the National Arena. These tickets will become available, if the tickets for the National Stadium finish.
“We don’t want the public to get the impression that we are accommodating everyone in the National Stadium and then if we can’t we will put them in the arena. It is pre-planned,” Executive Director of the JCDC, Grace Silvera, told JIS News.
“We know that there is a lot of interest in the event, and we don’t want to turn back anyone, so we are printing a number of tickets for (both) the Stadium and the Arena. They will have the screens and the atmosphere, so that they can experience what is happening in the Stadium,” she stated.
The Executive Director boasted that patrons were in for an epic treat, as there would be over 4,000 performers, including costumed groups, marching bands, festival song winners, traditional groups and gospel celebrants.
“The Independence Festival Grand Gala comes once per year, and I think we owe it to ourselves to celebrate this fantastic country that we have. We have the most envied brand in the world,” she emphasized.
As it relates to safety and security, she said that a committee comprising the Police, Army, private security firms, Ministry of Health, the Fire Department and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC), among others, are working to put in place the necessary processes and services to properly manage the event.
The Grand Gala will be preceded by the Independence Festival Street Parade, which begins at 12 Noon at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. The parade, featuring cyclists, motorcyclists, music trucks, costumed groups and effigies, will travel along Hope Road, Half-Way-Tree Road, Oxford Road, Arthur Wint Drive and Tom Redcam Avenue, before terminating at the National Stadium.
Prior to the Independence Festival Street Parade and Grand Gala, patrons will have a number of opportunities to experience Festival 2010.
On Sunday August 1, there will be a National Thanksgiving Service at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church on Slipe Road in Kingston. On Monday, August 2, it will be time for Augus’ Fair and the World Reggae Dance Competition, at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. On Wednesday, August 4, the National Arena will host the annual ‘Mello-Go-Roun’.

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