The Orange Valley Village Council hosted grand Independence Day celebrations on Saturday, showcasing local culture, talent and music.
The celebrations began with a parade of Carnival characters, floats and bands from the Orange Valley Mandir to the Orange Valley Community Facility where a cultural show followed.
Patrons were treated to song, dance and comedy from local artists as well as presentation of awards and fireworks.
Member of Parliament for Couva North, the Honourable Ramona Ramdial attends and part-sponsors the event annually, this year contributing $5000 to the Council.
Ramdial said that “Independence Day is about remembering the contributions of all citizens to the development of Trinidad & Tobago. Our culture, food and religions make us a truly unique people.”
Ramdial spoke of keeping community spirit alive and the importance of community groups in achieving this goal. She encouraged recreational activities with youths and announced that later this year the Orange Valley Recreation Ground will receive lights from T&TEC, following the pavilion refurbishment and fencing done last month.
The MP pledged her continued support to the Orange Valley Village Council and community and encouraged them to continue promoting national pride through their activities.