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...
Foreign soldiers participating in the celebrations
Blame who? Police officers had to intervene to get them off the roof.
The crowd of Citadelle
Beginning of the show : Entrance of the Police Band
Bringing the flag to the pole
The man with the 'flaggish' hat. Hats off!
Another glimpse at the officers
Arrival of the Prime Minister
Arrival of the President
The crowd on Citadelle still growing
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
Dropped from the plane.
Flag raising... Glory to thee...
The Mauritian Flag
Applauded by most, the last canon shot with the colors of the Mauritian Flag
Soldiers marching away
2 helicopters carrying the flag
3 other helicopters flying over Champs de Mars
Followed by the Dornier of the National Coast Guards
A rope dropped from the helicopter.
The show begins. Sliding down the rope
Several demos by the team
Sliding till firm ground
Impressive figures during performances
The 3 helicopters going forward while the red-blue one going on reverse
Plane flies again
And drops 3 parachutes
Landing on the ground
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
Demo by the forces
Foreign soldiers securing their guns under the eyes of the SSU people
Walking back to Caudan, where I left the car
One of the extremely rare occasions this thing works!
Colourful for the celebrations
Splendid lighting of the Bank of Mauritius building
A look at the fireworks from Port Louis waterfront
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.