Emancipation Day celebrations were highlighted by the Jamaica 60 float and street parade, which began at the Rainey Williams Entertainment Center and ended at the National Stadium car park.
Welcoming the warmth of the sun, parade participants and spectators quickly moved to the Half-Way Tree, where the official opening of the festival was marked by a blessing provided by the Archbishop of Kingston Reverend Kenneth Richards and a brief speech by Prime Minister Andrew Holness. it was done.
“We celebrate and celebrate our independence. We celebrate and celebrate our march towards nationalism. We are a proud people, a strong people in what we have faced. There may be difficulties, but the land Great, and certainly today, the sun shines,” Holness said.
This was followed by the release of a “peace dove” by the government, clergy and several members of civil society.
The message and mood reverberating in the streets of Kingston was that the theme chosen for this year’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations – ‘Ruling a Nation for Greatness’ – is the most appropriate.
After watching the crowd and camaraderie, Jo-Anne Archibald, the principal director of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, had only one thing to say, “We’re ruling!”
Several floats showcase authentic Jamaican flora, fauna and food and share the rich culture with members of the public, who gathered in large numbers to witness the event.
Among the tableaux were Diamond Heroes; stop crime for heaven’s sake; Jamaican sounds including the Fab 5 Band, Renaissance Disco and Stone Love; You will be able to sleep what you sow; bridge to progress; God is love, and sweet Jamaica. The balloon float was a favorite of the children, who were most fascinated by the spectacle of creativity.
With over 1,000 people in costume there was plenty to see, from carnival wear to dramatic jonkunu pieces. The Ha-R-Money Entertainment group based out of Montego Bay consisted of talented dancers, singers and musicians from Jamaica, Cuba, Guyana and Dominica and were completely upbeat and excited by their routine.
Shanoy Harris, one of the dancers from Ha-R-Money Entertainment, said, “We are delighted to be a part of the Jamaica 60 Festivals and go the distance to help different countries and talents come together.”
Referring to the theme, Harris said it “recognizes the greatness of our country and its people and shows how much we have influenced other individuals and cultures around the world.”
The Eagles and Troopers band also entertained the crowd with their musical arrangements and choreography.
The ‘Convoy of Beauty’ led by Miss World 2019 Tony-Ann Singh was another highlight, as the ‘Queen of the Parade’ among other crowned queens was fashionably fitted in classic cars. This included this year’s Miss Universe Jamaica semifinalists, whose waves went unnoticed. The national co-directors of Miss Universe Jamaica, Carl Williams and Mark McDermoth, both said that the parade was something they wanted to see and participate in in the future, thanks to the performance and experience offered to the beauties who took part in the pageant. was.
The day started late, with some technical challenges on one of the Sounds of Jamaica trucks, resulting in no music for at least half an hour and the absence of more heritage trucks to represent the country motto. Many, one people’.
One disgruntled onlooker said: “We needed to look at the different races that represent our culture. People were here expecting to see tableaux representing our Maroon people, the Arawak, the African, the Chinese. [and] All Indians are swimming. While it is felt that a lot of hard work was put into the parade this year, it is worth noting for the future execution so that it not only entertains but also educates the youth who come out to witness the greatness that has been unleashed. We want to revive.