Gillian Outerbridge 2016-05-10 02:10:34
OPTIONS FOR PARTAKING IN BERMUDA DAY FESTIVITIES ABOUND How should you spend the May 24 Bermuda Day Holiday? There are many places to enjoy this national holiday: at the beach, on the water watching dinghy racing, cheering on runners in a marathon, or in the streets in Hamilton, watching a parade celebrating Bermuda’s cultural heritage.One thing is certain: It is a day to celebrate. Once known as “Empire Day,” the holiday marks Queen Victoria’s birthday. The day was claimed by Bermuda in the 1970s and heralds the beginning of the Bermuda summer and another season to soak up the sun and get back into the Atlantic. It also highlights the island’s diverse culture and heritage and gives Bermudians an excuse to get together with family and friends and have a good time. It is the first day of the year Bermudians go swimming. The day begins with the Marathon Derby, a half-marathon with its origins dating back to 1909. The race starts in St. George’s or Somerset, and hundreds of spectators line the route to cheer on the local athletes as they race to the finish line in Hamilton. Watching the Bermuda Day Parade make its way through the City of Hamilton gives insight into the many cultures and traditions of the island. Majorettes, school bands, bike clubs, artists, trucks with steel bands, service clubs, government departments and dancing groups from the Portuguese and Filipino communities all wend their way through the city streets, which are packed with spectators. Some families even camp out all night to save their favourite spot on the parade route. The Bermuda Gombey Troupes bring up the end of the parade, and spectators follow them to City Hall where the party continues. If a slower pace is more to your liking, head to St. George’s to watch Bermuda’s maritime heritage in action as fitted dinghies race in the harbour of Bermuda’s UNESCO World Heritage Site town. The vessels represent various boat clubs, each with a distinctive spinnaker which unfurls on the downwind leg of the race. The spectator fleet follows the race around the harbour or the boats tie up next to each other, creating a raft up and aquatic party! Wherever you end up on May 24, you are sure to be drawn in to the spirit of the day as we celebrate our diversity, history and island home.
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