Independence Day celebrations prove success

Celebrations for Jamaica’s Independence Day were in full swing last Friday.

The all-day event was held on Cardinal Avenue and Albert Panton Street, with popular Jamaican artists Roy Rayon and One Third forming part of the exciting line-up.

The celebrations kicked-off at 10am with a street festival on Cardinal Avenue. Food vendors cooked up popular traditional Jamaican fare, from codfish and ackee, blue draws, jerk chicken and pork and mannish water.

Honorary consular for Jamaica, Robert Hamaty, read the Jamaican Prime Minister’s independence message as part of the official opening ceremony, held on Albert Panton Street at just part 9pm.

The enthusiastic crowd clearly got into the spirit of the event, most donning Jamaican colours and waving the Jamaican flag.

Dance contests and a Miss Jamaica Independence pageant followed prior to the headline stars taking to the stage.

Organiser Banny Stephenson said he was thrilled with the event.

‘It was a real success,’ he said. ‘It was well attended and the feedback and has been amazing. Judging by the fantastic atmosphere, it seems everyone had a great time and we shall definitely be making this an annual event.’