With its distinctive gold, green and red flag, the six parish ‘Spice Island’ of Grenada will celebrate its 43rd year of independence from Britain today, 7 February. That colonial ruler reigned over the small but mighty country from 1763 to 1974; before that, from 1649, the French had control of ‘La Grenade’.
Grenada earned its nickname because it’s one of the world’s largest exporters of nutmeg and mace. With an estimated population of just over 100,000, Grenada is one of the smallest members of the Commonwealth of Nations, pledging allegiance to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II who remains Head of State. Constitutional reforms are currently underway, although protocol still demands that a crowd must stand when a representative of the Queen arrives. With the national bird, the Grenadian Dove, now on a critically endangered species list, Grenadians have more than constitutional reform to think about. Grenadians of all ages will proudly wear the national colours on February 7, and an official annual parade will take place.
Soca News, along with many others, would like to wish Grenada a very happy independence day, and many years of development, peace and prosperity ahead.