National Celebration for Emancipation and Indepence Day


jamaica_flag_emancipationday.jpgSeven days of National celebration begins yesterday as the long awaited 'Jamaica Festival' under the theme " One Love...One Family" ,kicks off today ( July 31) with a week long of activities to mark 46 years of Independence.

Highlights of Jamaica Festival include the return of the Festival Street Parade and Grand Gala on August 6. The Float Parade will start at 10am from Kings House followed by the Main Parade which will get underway at 1-pm from the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. Over 18 spectacular floats and costumed groups accompanied by music trucks will enliven the streets of Kingston followed by the the Grand Gala, which promises to be a grand affair full of ceremonial and colorful displays at the National Stadium and will culminate with an exciting Fireworks Display.

Sunday August 3, will see the opening of a two-day culinary exposition at the Jamaica Pegasus, as well as the National Independence Thanksgiving Service and Gospel Celebration at Emancipation Park. Other Activities include 'August Fair' and the World Reggae Dance Championship on Emancipation Day (August 1) at the Ranny Wiliams Entertainment Centre and 'Mello Go Roun' at the National Indoor Sports Centre on August 2.

Persons are encouraged to wear the National colours in support of the week of celebration.