The Grand Bahama Independence Committee (GBIC) has partnered with BTC (Bahamas Telecommunications Company) to host a spectacular slate of activities leading into the 44th Bahamas Independence Anniversary Celebrations.
The schedule of events will be over the July 2-10 period.
Harcourt Brown, Senior Undersecretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Eldri Ferguson-Mackey, BTC Northern Bahamas Vice President, jointly announced the line up of events during a press briefing yesterday.
Brown gave details of the arrangement.
“It is a pleasure to update the Grand Bahama community on what promises to be a grand 44th Bahamas Independence Anniversary Celebrations. BTC will team up with the GBIC to assist with the sponsorship of two signature events, the Ecumenical Service & Parade (July 9, 2017) and the All-Bahamian Family Day & Concert that is scheduled to occur on Monday July 10 at Taino Beach.
“The latter event, which is expected to be filled with enormous excitement, as some of the most outstanding Bahamian talents will participate. There will be performances by Stileet, D-Mac, Visage, the Grand Bahama Police Pop Band, Ophie & the Websites, Tony Lowe, Georgina Martin, New Wave Dancers, the Legends Marching Band and a Junkanoo Rush-out featuring the Platinum Knights, Swingers and the Superstar Rockers as well as Disc Jockey Money Like Dirt (MLD).
“There will be non-stop action on Monday July 10 beginning at 3:00 p.m., as it is a family affair with lots of activities for the children along with food and refreshments.
“Vendors will be assembled for persons who want to make other purchases. However, it is important to note that all the Rotary clubs on the island have also partnered with the GBIC and will be grilling up the most scrumptious hamburgers. Hotdogs as well as cotton candy, popcorn and other treats will be available,” he said.
Additionally, the senior undersecretary also pointed out that as is customary during the (Pre) Independence Celebrations on July 9, a Raising of The Bahamas Flag and Fireworks Show would take place beginning promptly at midnight. The Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving Cultural Gospel Concert & Parade will kick-off at 7:00 p.m. on the same evening.
“We took note that this year the celebrations fall on a Sunday and being a Christian nation we wanted to show our love for God and country in proper fashion hence we sought out some of the most outstanding gospel artists and performers to minister to the masses expected at the Independence Park.
“The Fabulous Cooling Waters, Pastor Simeon Outten & the Freedom Band, the Interdenominational Mass Choir (IMC), Ricardo Clark, Christian Massive, Najee Dunn, Minister Carvan Ferguson, Cara Newton, Heaven, Tyra Russell, Bishop Michael Eldon Instrumental Band, the Islanders, Bahamas Dance Theatre and Disc Jockeys Godson and G-YO will all be participating in the Thanksgiving Cultural Gospel Concert & Parade.
“Of course we are cognizant of the fact that many persons attending the event will be doing so to see the Police Parade which will feature the Royal Bahamas Police Force Marching Band. So indeed, it is going to be spectacular and exciting.
“Of course GBIC has a number of events planned leading up to the Ecumenical Service & Parade and the All-Bahamian Family Day & Concert. One of which, is the National Pride Day & Flag Raising Ceremonies set for Friday July 7. On that day we want Bahamians to stop whatever they are doing at 9:00 a.m. as we have asked all radio stations to play our National Anthem and it is planned for three special assemblies to kick-start simultaneously at the Administrator’s Offices in East Grand Bahama and Eight Mile Rock as well as at the Harold DeGregory Building, Freeport.
“Special Independence celebrations will also take place in East and West Grand Bahama this year beginning with a church service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday July 2 and a Family Fun Day set for West End Community Park on Saturday July 8, 2017.
“Our brothers and sisters in East Grand Bahama will hold an Ecumenical Service & Cultural Extravaganza on Sunday July 2, 2017 at Latter-Day Outreach Ministry,” revealed Senior Undersecretary Brown.
The GBIC will also be teaming up with the Ministry of Tourism to launch the Goombay Summer Festival on Thursday July 6 at Taino Beach. Brown reminded all that each of these activities are designed to reflect what binds us together as a people and has no political, religious, gender and color associated with it.
Independence celebrations mark the progress as a nation,” said Ferguson-Mackey.
She said what is most significant for BTC in this partnership, is that the telecommunications company has always been engrained in the fabric of what makes us all Bahamians.
She noted that because of the colors used to advertise BTC and its products, the employees and leadership of the company, when presented with the opportunity by the GBIC and Ministry of Tourism to partner in the celebrations showcasing Bahamian pride, it was something that could not be passed up.
“BTC wanted to ensure that through this partnership we did something significant to have a positive impact on the celebrations and with our sponsorship we have signed on BTC Brand Ambassadors to assist in developing Bahamian artists’ talents.
“We do our best to give them the exposure they need and what made this partnership all the more special is in addition to showcasing our secular Bahamian artists, BTC has also been able to showcase our gospel artists too.
“We are going to have Christian Massive, DJ Godson, Ricardo Clarke, Najee Dunn, who are our gospel artists. On the last night of the celebrations, the secular artists inclusive of D-Mac and Visage, will have their time to shine.
“We want to encourage persons to come and support something that is uniquely Bahamian and it is through events and activities such as this that we become closer.
“BTC is intent on underscoring that ‘forward, upward and onward together’ element that is true to our nature as a people which we often speak of.
“BTC is very proud to be a part of this engagement and we look forward to continuing to be a part of everything that makes the Bahamas stronger,” declared Ferguson-Mackey.
This year’s Independence theme is: “Towards the Rising Sun: One People, One God, One Bahamas.”
Law enforcement and professional personnel inclusive of lifeguards will be present at Taino Beach and the grand parade will take place beginning at 4:00 p.m. from Christ the King Anglican Church to the Independence Park.