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Opposition no show at Independence parade
Citizens turned out on large numbers at the Queen’s Park Savannah from early yesterday morning to view the military parade in commemoration of T&T’s 55th anniversary of Independence.
The Grand Stand was packed to capacity and spectators who could not get seats there took up vantage points behind barricades on the parade ground.
The event came off with military precision the parade starting promptly at 7.30 am and ending with the 21-gun salute,
President Anthony Carmona was greeted with applause when he arrived at around 8 am for his fifth Independence parade since becoming the country’s fifth president in 2013.
Other dignitaries in attendance included Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and his wife, Chief Justice Ivor Archie and his wife ,members of the diplomatic corps and government ministers. However, there was no sign of Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar or any other members of the opposition, as was the case last year.
Detachments at the parade are divided in two contingents, armed and unarmed, came from the Regiment, Coast Guard, Air Guard, Defence Force Reserves, Police Service and Cadet Force were led onto the parade ground by the band and corps of drums of the T&T Regiment and T&T Prison Band. Unarmed detachments from the Fire Service, Prison Service, Special Reserve Police, Municipal Police, St John Ambulance Brigade and the T&T Red Cross Society, Military Led Academic Training Programme and Seventh Day Adventists Pathfinders were led onto the parade grounds by the T&T Police Service band and the T&T Fire Service Band.
Following the inspection of the parade, spectators’ attention turned to the march past, fly past and mechanised display with the T&T Police Service Transport and Highway Division receiving loud applause for their presentation with motorcycles.
Toward the end, the troops exited the parade grounds and proceeded south onto Frederick Street, west onto Park Street, then to Tragarete Road towards Roxy Roundabout, onto the Western Main Road and finally to the Police Barracks on Long Circular Road.
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