Jamaica’s Emancipation Day Celebrations

Jamaica has been celebrating a series of spectacular events as the island commemorates the anniversary of its independence (August 6, 1962). Celebrations lead to the Independence Day Parade on August 6 in Kingston and St. Andrew. Many other parades, galas, and street dances are held in various parishes. See selected activities below:

August 1—Kingston held the World Reggae Dance Championship Finals: The competition features the skills of young adults in the areas of reggae and dancehall performance.

August 4 (8:00pm)—Mello Go Roun’: This is one of the most thrilling and eventful family events on the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s calendar and marks the climax of the Festival of the Performing Arts. It features the most outstanding performances in Speech, Dance, Traditional Folk Forms and Music.

August 6—Independence Day Parade: The parade features uniformed groups and bands. Traditional Junkanoo dancers and other costumed revelers recall the days of slavery and depict various aspects of modern Jamaican culture during the gala parade in Kingston and St. Andrew.

For more information, see http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/entertainment/Jamaica-Independence-Festival-2011-launched-in-style_9155973 and http://www.jcdc.gov.jm/events.php

Photo from http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100807/lead/lead1.html

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