48th Independence & 24th Republic anniversary celebrations at Champs de Mars

Independence Day

As for the past years (2010 , 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015), I went to the official flag raising ceremony held in Champ de Mars. Since I reached there quite late, there was already a big crowd of people but fortunately, I was able to take some shots even from the back. That’s one of the advantages of being tall (but there are disadvantages too). Many people were disappointed because they could not see a thing, not even of the huge screens fixed for the event.

It is a shame that those 2 screens were directly positioned for the VVIPs who were comfortably seated under the chapiteau while the members of the public had to stand in the crowd, without any screen. Unfortunately, this gives the impression that the official ceremony is done only for the VVIPs. If you don’t have that privilege, it is better to stay at home and watch the thing on your tv set. Talking about screens and TV : Yes, that was me in a blue shirt 🙂

Let’s have a look at some of the shots I took before I write on my impressions on the show….

The photo gallery :

One of those guys selling flags
Just another guy again
Just another guy again
Entering Champs de Mars
Entering Champs de Mars
They were already marching in!
They were already marching in!
Ready!
Ready
Preparing the flag
Preparing the flag
On one of the huge screens
On one of the huge screens
Big brother is here, on the roofs!
Big brother is here, on the roofs!
Crowds near la Citadelle too!
Crowds near la Citadelle too!
Just another flag :P
Just another flag 😛
Waiting....
Waiting….
Arrival of the Prime Minister
Arrival of the Prime Minister
Cortege de Madame la Presidente
Cortege de Madame la Presidente
Next arrival : The President
Next arrival : The President
Madame La Presidente welcomed by the PM
Madame La Presidente welcomed by the PM
Arrival of the Chief Guest
Arrival of the Chief Guest
Walking to the flag pole
Walking to the flag pole
Glory to thee, O Motherland of mine
Glory to thee, O Motherland of mine
The kid with his flag and colored wig...
The kid with his flag and colored wig…
Raising his flag since he was on the huge screens (and live on MBC)
Raising his flag since he was on the huge screens (and live on MBC)
Police officers marching...
Police officers marching…
The Police Band
The Police Band
The Air Show - 1
The Air Show – 1
The Air Show - 2
The Air Show – 2
The Air Show - 3
The Air Show – 3
The Air Show - 4
The Air Show – 4
The Air Show - 5
The Air Show – 5
The Air Show - 6
The Air Show – 6
The Air Show - 7
The Air Show – 7
The Air Show - 8
The Air Show – 8
The Air Show - 9
The Air Show – 9
The Air Show - 10
The Air Show – 10
The Air Show - 11
The Air Show – 11
A kid with his feeding bottle
A kid with his feeding bottle
Les majorettes
Les majorettes
Me on the huge screens (and of course, live on MBC)
Me on the huge screens (and of course, live on MBC)
A glimpse of the crowd
A glimpse of the crowd
Hawkers inside Champs de Mars
Hawkers inside Champs de Mars
Hawker at the entrance of Champ de Mars
Hawker at the entrance of Champ de Mars
Hawkers selling all sorts of lights
Hawkers selling all sorts of lights

 My impressions of the show

After the flag raising, the show was nearly du déjà vue, except for a few things :

  • On a few occasions, the helicopters and the planed flew quite low. A total joy to watch and experience, especially for kids.
  • No rope descent from the helicopter
  • No parachutes
  • No défilé of the different units of the police
    Update : Just came across a video with the said défilé

While the performance of the Majorettes (cheerleaders?) was warmly applauded by the public, I hope that in the future, we can have the police officers do their motorcycle show, like many years back.  I can’t even remember when they last participated in the official ceremony.

As for the atmosphere in Champs de Mars, it was quite different from the previous years, especially with the hawkers which invaded this part of the capital. On sale in various corners : Food, drinks, toys and even selfie sticks!

That’s all from me.

Happy 48th anniversary for the Independence and 24th anniversary for the Republic of Mauritius!

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