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Big plans for Majority Rule Day Jan 10 in GB

by: Mia Whylly, News Reporter - Published Monday, December 19, 2016

Plans that will include representation of all inhabited Family Islands have been made to highlight Majority Rule Day in Grand Bahama.


Grand Bahama Majority Rule Day Committee spokesperson, noted educator, event organizer and former high ranked civil servant Cecil Thompson has informed that the celebrations will be under the theme of “Matthew Can’t Stop Our Parade.”


“The Golden Jubilee of Majority Rule will be celebrated on Grand Bahama with the 4th Annual Majority Rule Day Parade and Cultural Extravaganza starting at 10 a.m. from the parking lot of the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King, Tuesday, January 10,” said Thompson.


He said the affair “not only will be numero uno in our country in honoring the local heroes and heroines of Majority Rule Day, but also in presenting the parade and cultural extravaganzas.”


“January 10, 1967 (Majority Rule Day) is one of the defining dates in the country’s century-long march from Colonialism to the Commonwealth. Majority Rule Day is also one of the significant milestones in the history of the modern Bahamas,” said Thompson.


This year’s celebrations, while acknowledging the 50th year milestone, will be the fourth annual for the island. The parades started here in Grand Bahama, four years ago  when Majority Rule Day was designated a public holiday.


“The Bahamas Government will be inviting Bahamians from throughout the length and breadth of our archipelago to come together in a spirit of unity on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 so that all of us can show patriotism to our beloved country by participating in the grand celebrations for the 50th Anniversary of Majority Rule Day.


“With this concept of inclusion of all of the Family Islands, all participants and descendants from the Family Islands are encouraged to prepare and decorate a banner and crest of the participating Family Island and march proudly on behalf of their island,” he further stated.


Participants are requested to ensure their presentations include portraits, busts or photographs of at least some of their iconic heroes and heroines.


“This year’s parade will depart from the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King and travel west on Pioneer’s Way into the heart of Downtown Freeport ending at the Junkanoo Bleachers with a spectacular Cultural Extravaganza.


Several organizations have been invited and are expected to participate in the parade. They include uniformed youth organizations, schools, church-based and community-based youth organizations, University of the Bahamas, Bahamas Institute of Business and Technology, and the Unions. The Legend Marching Band, Pioneers Marching Band, Pathfinders Marching Band and the Bahamas Junior and Senior Brass Band have all committed to participate.


Published  Monday, December 19, 2016 


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