Bridgetown, Barbados: Barbados observed its 57th Independence Day on Thursday, November 30, 2023, with full enthusiasm and joy.
The celebrations mark not only the island’s freedom but also the incredible strides towards a healthier, greener, and more vibrant future.
Many shows and activities took place during the Independence ceremony.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley took to Twitter to invite the citizens to the event and explained that it would be a parade of uniformed organisations which was marched to the Carlton Cricket Ground.
Notably, the Independence Day parade was a remarkable show as the platoons were especially sharp, the revived landship performance was refreshing, and the music by the BDF and Police Service joint band was excellent.
PM Mottley and delegates stated that it was a spectacle to behold as uniformed armed and unarmed troops paraded before the President of Barbados, Dame Sandra Mason.
The speeches were captivating and inspiring, and most iconically, young leaders of the country were honoured for their hard work and commitment.
The pageantry and pomp on display were at their zenith, and the rhythms, melodies and harmonies that made up the locally composed music played by the mass band symbolised the nation’s devotion to country and national identity.
Many leaders of Caribbean nations extended their good wishes to Barbados on their Independence Day, such as,
– Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Philip J Pierre and the Government of Saint Lucia congratulated Barbados on its Independence Day as, on this special occasion, they celebrate the rich history, vibrant culture and resilient spirit of the Barbadian people.
– CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett sent the congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mottley. She highlighted the nation’s steady and significant progress.
It is to be noted that the Usain Bolt Sports Complex was transformed into a beacon of national pride and excellence on the day of Independence Day.
The celebrations continued across the island, and Tower of Power Global Network Ministers hosted a fun day on their premises.
Additionally, some Barbadians celebrated the day at a special Q in the Community hosted by Amanda’s Bar at Content Playing Field, Content, St Thomas.
Notably, Sandals Foundation expressed their gratitude as they contributed to the Barbados Trailways, planting and maintaining 100 trees along this beautiful path, enhancing road safety, promoting public health, and making a significant carbon offset contribution.