The year-long 50th independence anniversary celebrations focusing on “the good, the bad and the ugly” of Barbados will be launched on January 6, 2016 with a grand street parade which will climax at Independence Square, home of the statue of Errol Barrow, the Father of Independence.
Chairman of the 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations organizing committee, Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo, told Barbados TODAY that the parade will be led by uniformed groups and will climax with a ceremony and cultural presentation.
Dr Byer-Suckoo revealed that the Broken Trident will also begin a journey across Barbados as part of the programme to launch the celebrations, and that the Chamberlain Bridge will be opened to allow a flotilla of coast guard vessels and fishing boats to enter the careenage.
“In Independence Square the Broken Trident which was presented to Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave on Independence Day is going to be handed to Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. He will hand it to a parish ambassador and from there, for the rest of the year that will make its way across Barbados. The oldest fisherman, as well as the youngest sea scout will be involved in the ceremony,” she told Barbados TODAY following a press conference to launch the guidelines for use of the 50th Anniversary logos. The guidelines will be posted on the Government Information Service website from Monday
“The one [logo] with the Barbados Trident and Coat of Arms is only to be used by Government. The others without the Coat of Arms can be used for co-branding.
“The one with the map of Barbados is for merchandising and that is the one persons have to apply to the secretariat to use because it is an official logo. Then there is the logo for corporate Barbados to use,” Byer-Suckoo said.
Noting that all sectors will be involved in the celebrations throughout the year, Dr Byer-Suckoo said the focus would not only be on pomp and pageantry, but also reassessing Barbados’ past and future.
“Getting us to focus on the good, the bad and the ugly. The things that we like and we need and want to keep, the things that we don’t want anymore and what to get rid of.
“The things that we don’t have yet, but we want to acquire. We have to think about our values and all those things that made us great. To do that we have to engage all Barbadians and we have activities planned to do that,” she explained.
A Barbados 50th anniversary souvenir calendar will also be on sale for $20.