Sep 1, 2010

Crowds welcome parade back to Savannah|Trinidad Express


Every creed and race jostled for an equal place along the barricaded perimeter of the paved section of the Queens Park Savannah in Port of Spain yesterday, in order to see the Independence Day parade.

The celebrations marked the parade's return to the Savannah and brought out long lines of people who gathered to watch the military parade and show of arms. They applauded and cheered as contingents from various arms of the protective services marched before President George Maxwell Richards, the Commander in Chief of the parade, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Opposition Leader Keith Rowley and other ministers and dignitaries.


Most of the trepidation that so many though will follow the installment of the People's Partnership has fizzled away with the actions of the new government.

So many people are now accepting that this change has been good to date.
The return of the of the celebrations to the Queens Park Savannah was a welcomed departure from the streets of Port-of-Spain and the crowds are proof of this acceptance.
"We are really glad they moved the parade back to the Savannah. We did not even bother to come last year because the route was short and it looked like a shorter show," patriotically dressed on-looker Stephan Gomez said.

The various services paraded in their splendour to the delight of the citizens who came out to honor those who serve our country. There is the view that this show of the military and accompanying services is but a sham and that it would be better to have cultural shows across the country. This is a good idea but everyone has come to accept the fact that the parade of the services is what is expected and acceptable at this time.

Just maybe, in time, we can change our views and instead of the parade delve into the culture and have shows that would be held across the country for the benefit of all... Just food for thought.

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