Exciting racing, great entertainment and a parade to remember will be all part of the 2014 Massy United Insurance Barbados Derby at the Garrison Savannah on August 9.
The countdown to the big day, which features the island’s best creole horses, officially began today with a colourful parade through Bridgetown, to the Garrison Savannah where the much coveted Derby Silver Cup was handed over to executives of the Barbados Turf Club.
The City was abuzz yesterday as onlookers took up vantage points to snap photos and get a glimpse of Massy United Insurance hostesses displaying the Derby Cup as it was taken by horse and carriage, accompanied by six mounted police officers, from the home of the sponsors to the race venue.
This year marks 30 years of unbroken sponsorship by Massy United Insurance of the Derby and the procession, filled with colour and pomp, made its way along Broad Street, across the Bridge, Fairchild Street, along Bay Street and on to the Garrison.
Outside of the grand stand at the race track, chief executive of Massy United Insurance, Howard Hall, and director of marketing and business development, Micky Armstrong, handed over the Cup to Sir David Seale, president of the Barbados Turf Club.
Armstrong disclosed that Massy United Insurance was pulling out all the stops this year to make the event extra special and a colourful, grand parade around the Garrison will be among the special events on Derby Day.
The parade will involve members of the Royal Barbados Police Force’ Mounted Branch, the Cadet Corps Band, the Zouave band and the Royal Barbados Police Band, which is celebrating 125 years.
Performances from top calypsonians, a fun-zone for children and a Massy product fair, as well as lots of giveaways, are also among the activities planned.