Hundreds take part in Pink Parade

POSTED: 10/8/12 2:36 PM

St. Maarten -Hundreds of women, men and children representing government, civil society and the business community turned out yesterday afternoon for the third annual Pink Parade Breast Cancer Awareness March. It looked like a sea of fuchsia and pink as they converged in front of the Festival Village, the starting point for the parade. Scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., the march started late as the 23 registered groups and scores of others got into position.
The parade was described as one of the biggest joint initiatives for the Positive Foundation and Elektralyets Foundation and was broadcast live through several media houses. At the head of the parade was Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams who earlier in the week had urged the entire nation to support the event. She was followed by Elektralyets Foundation president Mercedes ‘Elektra’ Wyatt in a flamboyant pink costume. Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever was very active as he saluted cancer survivors with his shaved head.
The parade line included Ms. Mature Carnival Queen Sharon Layne and contestants, Pearline, Boy Blue Band, the U 2 Can Move civil servants, Mercuur Medical Clinic, Telem, SXM Body Building, Art of Living Foundation and Artemia.
Several banners read “Get Checked”, “Live Well Take Charge”. Other groups participating in the event included Iconic models, the Boys Brigade Band, Ennia, Heavenly Water, Maso, the University of St. Maarten, SZV, Ebony Steel Orchestra, the Windward Island Bank, Scotia bank, Gebe, Nagico and Love of Kids Foundation.
The parade made its way down the Pondfill and turned onto the Longwall Road near F.W. Vlaun and Sons before heading onto Front Street. It ended at the Cyrus Wathey Square where several tributes were made to breast cancer patients, survivors and those who had succumbed to the world’s number one cancer. October is recognized globally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a movement that has become synonymous with the iconic pink ribbon.

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