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!

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