In anticipation of what is usually a very impressive presentation and drill display, spectators journeyed to the stadium from as early as 7:00am, to reserve their positions to observe the performances of both armed and un-armed units.
Approximately 13 units were featured in the parade, including the Defence Force, Police, the Coast Guard, Cadet Corps, Fire & Rescue Services, Girls Guide, Boys Brigade, Scouts, Pathfinders, Brownies and a group of young children drawn from the Shadwell Estate area of Basseterre.
Under a clear blue sky with a baking sunshine, the temporary parade square at Warner Park was brought to life by the troops, dressed in their colourful ceremonial uniforms of white, green, brown, red, yellow, orange, and blue.
The parade lasted approximately 45 minutes, following a prompt start at 8:00am, with the arrival of the Governor General, Dr. Sir Cuthbert Sebastian. The Governor General also took the salute as the armed units engaged in the march- pass in slow time, only to be eventually followed by the full score of units including the un-armed groups.
The inspection of the guards was carried out by the country’s Prime Minister, Dr. Denzil Douglas, accompanied by the Commander of the Defence Force, Lt. Col Patrick Wallace and Acting Commissioner of Police, Stafford Liburd.
Also present at Monday’s ceremonial parade were members of the diplomatic corps, including ambassadors from Taiwan, Brazil and Venezuela, along with visiting representatives and dignitaries from foreign governments, such as the United States.
Following the ceremony the units marched through the streets of Basseterre, on their way to Camp Springfield, home of the Defence Force. While there the units, invited guests and families of the troops on parade, were briefly addressed by the Commander of the Defence Force, Governor General and Prime Minister.
The day ended with all in attendance participating in a light moment of refreshments and entertainment.