The Department of Community and Cultural Affairs announced the names of the Grand Marshals for this year's May 24th Parade --- Debbie Jones-Hunter, Flora Duffy, Katura Horton-Perinchief, Cal Simons, Clarence Hill and Frederick “Skipper” Ingham.
Grand Marshals are official overseers of the parade, selected because of their strong association to the Heritage Month theme. This year's Heritage Month Theme is, 'Our Sporting Heritage', which is what made the selection of these particular individuals so fitting.
The Grand Marshals were nominated by the Heritage Advisory Committee who considered a wide range of individuals in the sporting world.
"We try to pick a diverse range of Grand Marshals in terms of age, gender, and accomplishments," explained Director of Community and Cultural Affairs Heather Whalen. "We also wanted to acknowledge that the people behind-the-scenes play just as important a part as the athletes themselves."
"The 2017 Heritage Month theme is a celebration of Bermudian sporting heroes and Bermuda’s favourite sports and games. From the fierce loyalty to Cup Match teams, to the rallying unity to support a Bermudian Olympian, Bermuda has continued to build a sporting heritage to be proud of."