45 pictures from Independence Day Celebration (Champs de Mars)

Good morning!

Yesterday evening, I was in Champs de Mars for the official celebrations of the 44th anniversary of the independence and the 20th anniversary of the republic of Mauritius. And as usual, I was with my camera. Enjoy the pictures!

IMHO, too many flags...

IMHO, too many flags...

Foreign soldiers participating in the celebrations

Foreign soldiers participating in the celebrations

Blame who? Police officers had to intervene to get them off the roof.

Blame who? Police officers had to intervene to get them off the roof.

The crowd of Citadelle

The crowd of Citadelle

Beginning of the show : Entrance of the Police Band

Beginning of the show : Entrance of the Police Band

Bringing the flag to the pole

Bringing the flag to the pole

Marching in

Marching in

The man with the 'flaggish' hat. Hats off!

The man with the 'flaggish' hat. Hats off!

Another glimpse at the officers

Another glimpse at the officers

Arrival of the Prime Minister

Arrival of the Prime Minister

Arrival of the President

Arrival of the President

The crowd on Citadelle still growing

The crowd on Citadelle still growing

Glory to thee, in Mauritian language sign

Glory to thee, in Mauritian language sign

Passing by of the first plane, while president of Seychelles arrives. Nobody cares about him, everyone looking high up in the sky

Passing by of the first plane, while president of Seychelles arrives. Nobody cares about him, everyone looking high up in the sky

Dropped from the plane.

Dropped from the plane.

Flag raising... Glory to thee...

Flag raising... Glory to thee...

The Mauritian Flag

The Mauritian Flag

Flags everywhere

Flags everywhere

Applauded by most, the last canon shot with the colors of the Mauritian Flag

Applauded by most, the last canon shot with the colors of the Mauritian Flag

Soldiers marching away

Soldiers marching away

2 helicopters carrying the flag

2 helicopters carrying the flag

3 other helicopters flying over Champs de Mars

3 other helicopters flying over Champs de Mars

Followed by the Dornier of the National Coast Guards

Followed by the Dornier of the National Coast Guards

A rope dropped from the helicopter.

A rope dropped from the helicopter.

The show begins. Sliding down the rope

The show begins. Sliding down the rope

Several demos by the team

Several demos by the team

Sliding till firm ground

Sliding till firm ground

Impressive figures during performances

Impressive figures during performances

The 3 helicopters going forward while the red-blue one going on reverse

The 3 helicopters going forward while the red-blue one going on reverse

Plane flies again

Plane flies again

And drops 3 parachutes

And drops 3 parachutes

Looking upwards

Looking upwards

Landing on the ground

Landing on the ground

Quickly followed by the second one, and the third one lands down a few mins after

Quickly followed by the second one, and the third one lands down a few mins after

Ministry of Youth marches in, with a demo of Kick Boxing

Ministry of Youth marches in, with a demo of Kick Boxing

Impressive capture!

Impressive capture!

Demo by the forces

Demo by the forces

Foreign soldiers securing their guns under the eyes of the SSU people

Foreign soldiers securing their guns under the eyes of the SSU people

Walking back to Caudan, where I left the car

Walking back to Caudan, where I left the car

One of the extremely rare occasions this thing works!

One of the extremely rare occasions this thing works!

Colourful for the celebrations

Colourful for the celebrations

Police everywhere

Police everywhere

Splendid lighting of the Bank of Mauritius building

Splendid lighting of the Bank of Mauritius building

A look at the fireworks from Port Louis waterfront

A look at the fireworks from Port Louis waterfront

A last one for the road

A last one for the road

As you perhaps noticed, I did not remain for the rest of the show because firstly, the area was not well lighted and secondly, I was a bit tired of holding the camera while standing with the bag. Anyway, the cultural show is better viewed on tv lol.

To end, I would say that they nearly failed in the timing of the official show (flag raising, parade) because as the sun went down, it was much difficult to see what they were performing in front of the tent (Chapiteau).

Another last word : Why wasn’t there any large screen displays for the ‘crowd’? The only one installed there was viewable only by ‘official guests’, comfortably seated in the huge tent.

Anyway let’s forget these things for a while, personne pas ammene narien kant zotte mort.

Happy celebrations!

  • Kurt

    Nice shots!

  • http://tinyurl.com/2f7olfl Mike

    Nice photos, good action photo of I believe Tae Kwon Do demo. The foreign transport plane with the parachutists was a French military Transall C-160. The SMF contingent was the guard of honour and they were very smart in their drill. I squirmed at the CG marching some individuals did not know their left from right but then I have a critical military view. The French parachutists were from 2e régiment de Parachutistes d’Infanterie de la Marine Française based in Reunion.

  • http://profiles.google.com/akashsky Akash Gura Goredo

    The French were parading in their colours, not even any acknowledgement that their are on Mauritian soil… That was the ugliest thing i’ve seen so far: which country allows a foreign country to parade during its National Day? Incredibly lame idea.
    The FAZSOI were here in 2007, but did not parade: why now? If it’s an acknowledgement to former colonisers, may we expect British troops to parade here next year? Or even Dutch? Or Arabs (whichever was the country which really came before the Dutch)? Or even better: the US: they are our new colonisers, given that they are already here on OUR Chagos?
    Or was it just because they were here? Then, what kind of people are governing us: when you already have a wife at home since 44 years already, she’s yours whatever your find bad with her, it’s not when you see any attractive woman passing on the street that you have to invite her into your house on your wedding day to show her talents and make a strip-tease like the French were doing yesterday.
    Shame!!

  • Lapin

    Hello, I want to know if I can take some of your photos to post on my Facebook to show my foreign friends? thank you! 

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Hi!
    You are free as long as you keep my copyrights on the image (and a link towards the blog).
    btw, why don’t you share the link directly?

    All I want is some traffic on the blog :-)
    Cheers,
    Y.A

  • Lapin

    Of course I will include the watermark on your image, I will also promote the link as well! Thank you!

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Great ;)
    And thanks for your comments

  • Priya_napaul

    oh god, you’re damn good!!! 

  • Barlenmarday

    thanks a lot i am barlen i was in taekwondo demo i was first one to break wood and the second was my friend and u get the second one photo its great                                              do u have for the first one thk u

  • http://www.yashvinblogs.com Yashvin Awootar

    Hello.
    Splendid performance, kudos!
    Unfortunately no. There was so little light in there, it was difficult to capture everything :(

  • caramelliane

    Très jolies photos, merci pour le lien,  je reviendrai faire un tour.
    J’ai aussi vu l’homme au chapeau, on a en effet dû se croiser… Bonne journée.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yowan.r Yowan Rdotexe

    Nu pays nu fiertE
    Nu politic nu salT

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  • Ournessa

    nice picture

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