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Bermuda Day

What is Bermuda Day?
Bermuda Day, widely considered the first day of summer, is now celebrated on the last Friday in May. Locals line the streets to enjoy a vibrant celebration beginning with a half-marathon derby followed by a colourful parade winding through Hamilton full of music, culture, and patriotic pride. The first Bermuda Day Parade was held in 1979 and remains a steadfast celebration featuring dance groups, bands, majorettes, decorated floats, and Gombey troupes. Traditional floats harken back to the Easter Parade using natural materials, while new categories have been introduced to highlight modern art and the creative ingenuity of Bermudian float-builders. The competition between floats is fierce, as they compete for prizes in a variety of categories. Hundreds of people dance in the streets as the enticing Gombey rhythm carries them forward, united as Bermuda.
 
Bermuda Day is the culminating event of Heritage Month. For more information on the history of Bermuda Day, Heritage Month, and other Heritage Month events, click here.
 
Bermuda Day 2019 Theme: Bermudian Excellence
Friday, May 24, 2019

In 1979, following the recommendations of the Pitt Report, Bermuda celebrated its first Bermuda Day in efforts to unite the community and provide a source of national pride. Since then, we have had 40 years of  half-marathon excitement, dinghy racing, and parades with creative floats, vibrant dancers, and Bermudians from across the island camping out, celebrating, and reflecting on our diverse cultural heritage. In 2019, we celebrate 40 years of Bermudian Excellence, from our sporting greats, to our union leaders, to the young people trying to make a difference in their community. Bermudian Excellence isn’t simply about those already revered in our society, but also highlights the woman and man on the street living artful, creative, Bermudian existences. The fundamental strength of Bermuda’s culture is our people, our friendliness, our hospitality, our good humour, and the way people from a small island still manage to excel on an international stage. The history and legacy of Heritage Month’s creation is complicated and uncomfortable, but out of the discomfort, we have created Bermudian beauty, traditions, creativity, culture, and excellence.

 

Bermuda Day Parade 2019 Entry:
Please read the below documents carefully as categories have been added and updated. Attendance at 1 meeting for your category is required. Applications are due on Friday, April 19, 2019. No late entries will be considered. If you have any questions about the below documents, please feel free to contact the Department of Community and Cultural Affairs for more information.
- NEW THIS YEAR: Apply Online To Participate in the Bermuda Day Parade
- Bermuda Day Parade Entry Categories (PDF)
- Bermuda Day Parade Application Form and Rules (PDF) - due on Friday, April 19, 2019
- Bermuda Day Parade Meeting Schedule (PDF)
- Bermuda Day Natural Heritage Float Materials Ideas (PDF)
- Bermuda Day Awards (PDF)

 

Bermuda Day Parade 2019 Route:
The 2019 Bermuda Day Parade will begin 1:30 PM. 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 right 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. (Dance trucks will turn left onto Wesley Street, then move back through the City via Park Road). Click here to view route map (PDF).
 
Bermuda Day 2019 Booklet:
Please check back in mid-May for the 2019 Booklet (PDF) with times, entries, and full details!