Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Event: “Bermuda Day 2016 Parade Theme: A Tapestry of Cultures” on Tuesday, May 24, 2016; Heritage Month runs through Sunday, May 29, 2016 — Bermuda, West Indies

For further info contact Bermuda Department of Community and Cultural Affairs
Event: “Bermuda Day 2016 Parade Theme: A Tapestry of Cultures” on Tuesday, May 24, 2016; Heritage Month runs through Sunday, May 29, 2016 — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – When: Tuesday, May 24, 2016; Bermuda Day Parade 2016 Route: The 2016 Bermuda Day Parade will begin 1:30PM. The parade will begin along Marsh Folly Road and continue right through to the top of Cedar Avenue. The parade then turns left onto Church Street, takes a right down Court Street, a left along Front Street, and finally up Queen Street. Floats will make a right turn on Church Street, park in front of City Hall and remain there on display throughout the afternoon. Dance groups will have a final performance in City Hall Cark Park. Heritage Month runs through Sunday, May 29, 2016. For further information contact the Bermuda Department of Community and Cultural Affairs
Event Description: “Bermuda Day 2016 Theme: A Tapestry of Cultures on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - The 2016 Heritage Month theme reflects on the interconnection of influences that make up the dynamic tapestry of Bermuda's people. We celebrate the diversity of Bermuda, with cultural influences spanning the globe including British, African, Caribbean, Native American, Portuguese, Scottish, Filipino, and many others. Bermuda's people remain fiercely proud of their roots while welcoming other nationalities into our cultural mosaic with signature Bermudian hospitality. This diversity helps shape an ever-evolving national identity that is created of many disparate influences but distinctly Bermudian. Heritage Month runs through Sunday, May 29, 2016.”Read more: Bermuda Day 2016 Parade and Bermuda Day 2016 Parade-Facebook
The Origins of Heritage Month and Bermuda Day: “Civil unrest in the 1960s and 1970s prompted the Bermuda Government to commission a report examining the social conditions in Bermuda and make recommendations to promote a more unified and peaceful social atmosphere. The Pitt Report of 1978 gave an accurate representation of the social and racially tense atmosphere at the time, and included feedback from many Bermudians that suggested an event should be organised to bring Bermudians together in harmony and to build a sense of civic pride. It was decided that a parade would provide an opportunity for camaraderie and celebration, similar to the Easter Parade that ran from the 1930s through to the 1960s. During that time, many farmers grew flowers so that they could be in full bloom for the Easter period. It was also suggested in the Pitt Report that the proposed event capture the unifying spirit of the existing May 24 half-marathon. These events both served as inspiration for the Bermuda Day Heritage Parade which replaced Empire Day, the annual public holiday recognising Queen Victoria’s birthday. The first Bermuda Day Parade took place in 1979. Bermuda quickly realised that one day of celebration was not enough time to recognise the broad spectrum of Bermudian heritage and traditions. Heritage Week was born, celebrated in the last week in May. By the mid-1980’s, this was expanded further into Heritage Month with a calendar full of events through May that celebrates Bermudian culture, heritage, and traditions. Bermuda Day has become the culminating point of Heritage Month and one of the most beloved cultural holidays alongside Cup Match (Emancipation Day & Somers Day). On Bermuda Day, Bermudians showcase their pride in the beauty and diverse culture of our island. Heritage Month runs through Sunday, May 29, 2016.”Read more: Bermuda Heritage Month 2016 and Bermuda Day 2016 Parade-Facebook
For further information: Bermuda Heritage Month 2016, Bermuda Day 2016 Parade and Bermuda Day 2016 Parade-Facebook. Related Article: http://bernews.com/2016/05/heritage-month-bermuda-day-2016/.

Bermuda Day Promo - video by Community & Cultural Affairs Dept

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