Anthony Theobalds, Cultural Officer in the Ministry of Culture said that the National Independence Parade has changed significantly since the first celebration to mark the nation’s independence in 1979.
He gave the assessment while reflecting on the historic 1979 parade during the Police on the Beat programme aired on NBC Radio last night.
Mr. Theobalds said one of the most memorable features of the original parade was the ‘lighted baton’. It was a midnight programme, where persons on display at the parade displayed the lighted batons. With the change to the parade now being held in the early morning it has left us without the opportunity to continue this unique practice.
Mr. Theobalds is of the view that revisiting the original format will play a major role in educating young people about several aspects of the Vincentian heritage.