Under the theme, “A Fit and Healthy Nation”, the lads and lasses displayed breath-taking and creative costumes which touched on specific health-related issues or areas.
The sections were: “Fruits and Vegetables”, “Food from Animals”, “Fitness and Sports”, “Sugar and Sweeteners” and “Careers”. Schools on the island were divided into zones and each zone wore costumes to represent a section.
The costumes for the Fruits and Vegetables and the Fitness and Sports sections were created by Junior ‘Melbourne’ Constace while those for the Food from Animals and Sugars and Sweeteners sections were created by Mr. Tobias. The costumes for the “Careers” section of the parade, were designed and created by Sun Island.
The costumes which the children displayed exuded colours in all their brilliance coupled with their eye-catching and interesting designs.
One of the features of the Sugar and Sweeteners section, for example, was that of sugar cane. The costume was bright green, and extending from the backs of the costumes and reaching outward were several lengths of firm material fashioned to resemble sugar cane.
From the Fruits and Vegetables section was the “Grapes” subsection which featured three main colours: purple, silver and white. The children of this section wore purple top hats with the pieces covering their bodies being silver and a slightly different shade of purple. Topping off the outfit, the children carried white umbrellas which, in addition to having a piece of material fluttering from the end of each bone, bore eight bunches of purple grapes, one sitting in the middle of each section of the umbrella.
The Sports and Fitness section seemed to have been a particular favourite for some of the spectators. The young men and women carrying these costumes wore white tank tops and white trousers or leggings which complemented the elaborate pieces which were strapped to their backed and extended upward. These pieces had pictures of footballs and dumbbells prominently featured on them.
After flowing along the city’s longest road – Cayon Street – the 2010/2011 Grand Parade flowed onto West Independence Square Street, the westward along the Bay Road and onto College Street then onto Liver Pool Row before making its way up Fort Street.
Hundreds of onlookers lined the sides of the road along the parade’s path at least an hour before the parade got into the heart of the city and the crowd continued building as the parade progressed.
While their adult counterparts continued parading, the children left the prescribed route and went to Warner Park where they were provided with light refreshments.
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