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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 2018 Theme: What We Share
Friday, May 25, 2018

The Bermudian experience is not universal, but what we share is far more important than what divides us. On a 21 square mile island, we are united in family bonds that extend from St. George’s to Sandys, and friendships between them that  span generations.  We live in paradise, surrounded by impossibly pink sand and crystal blue water, but it is our connection as a people to the environment that is common. Famed for hospitality, Bermuda is more than service to visitors but also the kindness to those less fortunate, the community spirit following a hurricane, the generosity of neighbours, the unabashed abundance of philanthropy and hope. We share codfish and potatoes every Sunday, red bean soup, jerk chicken, a diaspora of tastes that has less to do with what you’re eating and more to do with the company you share it with. Our heartbeats pound as snare drums following Gombeys, but it is that shared history of rebellion and freedom that we chase. This identity, these experiences, this beautiful island is what we share.


Bermuda Day Parade 2018 Entry:
Please read the below documents carefully as categories have been added and updated. Attendance at 1 meeting for your category is required. All applications are due on Friday, April 21, 2017. 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.
- Bermuda Day Parade Entry Categories (PDF)
- Bermuda Day Parade Application Form and Rules (PDF)
- Bermuda Day Parade Meeting Schedule (PDF)
- Bermuda Day Natural Heritage Float Materials Ideas (PDF)
- Bermuda Day Awards (PDF)

 

Bermuda Day Parade 2018 Route:
The 2018 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 2018 Booklet:
Please check back shortly for the 2018 Event Details. Click Here to download Bermuda Day 2017 Booklet (PDF) with times, entries, and full details!