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Ministry of GB to host Second Majority Rule Day Parade, Cultural Explosion

by: Sharell Lockhart, News Reporter

The Ministry of Grand Bahama will host the Second Annual Majority Rule Day Parade and Cultural Explosion on Monday, January 12 beginning 11:00 a.m. on Pioneerâ s Way.

Majority Rule Day, which is considered one of the most important milestones in the history of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, took place on January 10, 1967 ushering in the opportunity for all Bahamians to have constitutional, political, social, cultural and economic rights.

Ministry of Grand Bahama Undersecretary Cecil Thompson noted the event is expected to be a star studded celebration that would deepen the understanding and heighten community awareness of Majority Rule Day and its historical significance.

According to Thompson, Majority Rule Day represents the country's transition from minority government to majority rule and modern democracy, which like the Burma Road Riots (1942), Bahamas Suffrage Movement, General Strike (1958) and the Labour Movement (1950s) were defining moments for The Bahamas that the nationâ s youth need to be knowledgeable of and appreciate.

" I am extremely pleased to announce that the band director of the incomparable, world-famous Royal Bahamas Police Force Band has graciously consented to put on a command performance at the parade and cultural explosion.

" Also appearing would be the legendary, internationally- acclaimed Bahama Brass Band who is considered the granddaddy of marching bands in the entire archipelago along with schools, uniformed youth organizations, church and community based organizations, choirs, entertainers, labour unions and other marching bands.

" The parade will commence in the parking lot of the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King traveling west on Pioneer's Way to West Mall Drive and then east on Pioneer's Way to the epicenter of the cultural explosion,"  Thompson revealed.

Unsung heroes and heroines, who have led the struggle for Majority Rule will be honored during the event, said Thompson.

And spectators of the event will be in for a treat, as an all-star Junkanoo rush-out will bring the cultural explosion to a fantastic climax.

" On behalf of the Minister for Grand Bahama Hon. Dr. Michael Darville and members of the Majority Rule Day Committee, I would like to thank the community, event partners and participants in advance for its support and cooperation at this 2nd Annual Majority Rule Day Parade & Cultural Explosion,"  Thompson concluded.


Published  Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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