Grenada commemorates Emancipation Day on the first Monday of August each year to remember the liberation of black slaves on the island and throughout the British Empire. The actual date of emancipation was 1 August in the year 1834. The law scheduling the end of slavery had been passed in 1833.
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The whole week leading up to, and beyond, the first Monday of August is Emancipation Week. “August Monday“ is the most important day of this week, but the whole week is full of activities. It is part and parcel of the Carnival season in Grenada.
The Emancipation Day Parade, with its colourful costumes, lively music and dancing is the epicentre of Grenada’s Emancipation Day. You will see people dressed up like devils marching down the streets and doling out political “commentary”. All manner of other attire is also involved, and there are numerous art and craft exhibits, food stalls, games, and forms of entertainment going on.
Grenada’s Prime Minister will deliver a patriotic speech. He or she will also speak about how far the country has come since abolition and plans for the economic development of the island. Toward the end of the day, the streets break out in dancing and singing, while lights are flashed around and fireworks burst in the sky.