Miko the Kitty
: The history of Anguilla Day takes us back to 1967 when the island of Anguilla achieved its independence from the associated statehood of St. Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, which had been formed by the British Parliament in February 1967. In that year, although the newly formed statehood had its own constitution and a good degree of self-governance, Anguilla still remained at a continuous political subservience to St. Christopher Island (aka as St. Kitts).
On May 30, 1967 the people of Anguilla decided to end their subservience to St. Kitts and began a revolution by marching on the Police Headquarters, seat of the St. Kitts police on Anguilla. The revolution forced the St. Kitts police to leave the island and with it Anguilla dissociated from the union.
Although this day is of great importance for Anguillians, it was only until December 19, 1980 that Anguilla formally disassociated from the federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. For this reason May 30 is considered to be the “spark that ignited the island’s freedom.”
Anguilla Day is probably one of the best times of the year to visit the island. It is a day where both visitors and Anguillians take the time to enjoy the celebrations and participate in different activities. The best way to catch a glimpse of all the celebrations is to start early. The day kicks off at 8 am with the Anguilla Day Parade when contagious happiness permeates it all.
Between 9 and 9:30 the boats of the Round-the-island race, one of Anguilla’s most exciting races, take off. As the ships typically return at about 4 pm, there is plenty of time for swimming, lounging and having lunch. At around 4 pm you can join the crowds as the boats return to their starting point. This is one of the best times of the day due to the excitement of the people as the boats approach, the sound of playing bands intensifying the ambience and the smell of delicious barbecues permeating the air.
I end this daily destination inviting you to watch a small video of the Anguilla Day Parade. Enjoy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uknce3x5tWg