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St Helena celebrates 516 years

This week St Helena Island marked 516 years since being discovered, kicking off with the first float parade of the year on Monday 21 May, St Helena’s Day. Organised each year by New Horizons Youth Centre, the celebrations bring the island together for an entire day of activities and cultural fun.

The day began with a parade from the island’s Scouts and Girl Guides, who marched from the Tourist Office to the Grand Parade where they were met by members of the public. There followed a short service and then the unveiling of the newly voted ‘7 Wonders of St Helena’ (more information will be posted here next week).

Following the speeches and hymns, islanders were invited to take part in sporting endeavours including a 3km run and the ever-popular Jacob’s Ladder Challenge.

The main celebrations then ensued with the float parade from the top of Jamestown featuring plentiful cars and people dressed for the theme ‘the good ole days’. The streets filled with islanders and visitors who either watched from the side-lines with their cameras or donned old clothing and danced through the capital to a variety of music.

Market stalls spilled out along the Grand Parade and kids thronged the streets. Adults assembled to take part in a variety of novelty sports while bands took to the stage to celebrate St Helena.


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