Parade of Bands switches to Hamilton
Bermuda Heroes Weekend’s Parade of Bands will be hosted in the heart of the city this year thanks to a partnership with the Corporation of Hamilton.
The fifth annual carnival style event takes place from June 7 to 17 and culminates in the colourful street parade, which was previously held in Southside.
Jason Sukdeo, BHW president, said: “The BHW team is eager to execute this thrilling move, which will provide all participants with everything they have stated was missing from this electrifying event.
“But it will not just be those playing mas reaping these benefits, the thousands of spectators who come out to enjoy and support the parade will now also have so much more to look forward to on June 17.
“We promised Bermuda a grand surprise and the BHW Ltd team always delivers.”
Charles Gosling, Mayor of Hamilton, was instrumental in orchestrating the move.
He said: “Part of the city’s vision statement is to be vibrant. I have no doubt that the costumes, colours, culture and music that will be on display during the parade that day will fit that bill.
“This partnership is the perfect fit for both Hamilton as well as carnival in Bermuda. Hamilton Harbour provides a beautiful backdrop, the city is central with easy access and there are a multitude of restaurants and retailers that can be enjoyed as onlookers enjoy the revellers.”
Mr Sukdeo added: “As Mayor Gosling mentioned, this move to Hamilton provides the participants as well as the spectators with more entryways into the city which will alleviate any traffic issues.
“There are more parking facilities as well as additional modes of public transportation via buses and ferries.
“Bringing the parade into the city will also help to boost business for those restaurants and bars along the route that can accommodate the spectators.
“The BHW team is working feverously to deliver an exceptional five-year celebration of Bermuda Heroes Weekend. The party in Hamilton is simply one more way the team is ensuring that it is the greatest event ever.”