Tuesday, 7 August 2012

TRIBUTES IN GOLD: Jamaica’s grand Independence Gala, a spectacle to remember

OH, HAPPY DAY: PM Simpson-Miller and culture minister Lisa Hanna looked radiant in bright yellow at the gala.

Some 3,000 performers. 1, 500 uniformed groups; close to 40,000 patrons. The National Stadium – bathed in vivid streaks of green, gold and black – offered the perfect setting for Monday’s spectacular Jamaica 50 Independence Day Gala. Euphoric and hugely entertaining, the grand affair saw the sea of attendees treated to dazzling artistic displays, including performances in song, speech and dance, truly befitting a Golden Jubilee. The whole thing was replete with stunning visuals.

And Jamaicans were not the only ones on hand to witness the fireworks. A number of overseas dignitaries and other specially invited foreign guests – the likes of Min. Louis Farrakhan, South Africa’s Jacob Zuma and his first lady and Trinidadian Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar – journeyed to our shores to share in the festive occasion. Luminaries and laymen laced together, sharing what was undoubtedly a moment of great pride and joy that future generations will come to learn about.

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