St. Kitts & Nevis celebrated their 39th Independence Day on September 19th with all the appropriate festivities. With music, parades, and plenty of dancing, the Caribbean nations join Kittitians and Nevisians in celebration.
The 39th Year of Independence
To ensure the people never forget the past, they remember essential days like the day they won their freedom from Great Britain in 1983. Although they remain a part of the Commonwealth, the islands come alive this day in grand fashion.
“Refocus, Recreate, Redesign: Independence 39”
The night before, a concert kicks off the national holiday in style. With a speech by the Prime Minister, a military parade, and marching bands, the festivities begin the morning of the 19th. And this is not a short-lived parade- so do not plan on being home by lunch. This celebration continues during the Festival for two days. And, of course, no festival would be complete without calypso shows, concerts, colorful costumes and dances, and more. In fact, it is only a smaller version of Carnival.
In clever rhyme, the Caribbean Community partners (CARICOM) join in congratulating the Honorable Prime Minister for all the islands have achieved over the past years. They have excelled in diplomacy and academia, as well as the world of sports. And the awareness of social issues has progressed exponentially under Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Terrance Drew.
And we must not forget to thank the winning entry for the theme of the Year, Xavienne Roma Richardson of St. Kitts. With the big win and a check in hand for $1000, she believes the islands are ready to reinvent their region and thrive again.
Here’s to ”Refocus, Re-create and Redesign: Independence 39.”
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