With more than 70 floats set to stroll down through the village of Hagatna, this Sunday’s 75th Guam Liberation celebration will be anything but ordinary.
Created by the members of the community, the floats are seen as one of the best parts of the liberation parade. Villages, community organizations, and government agencies can try their hands at creating floats reflective of the yearly theme.
This year, with dozens of entries and the first prize set at $3,000 by the Liberation Day Committee, the competition for this year’s best float is stiff.
According to Yigo Mayor Rudy Matanane, the Yigo float is set to be a strong competitor as it was heavily influenced by this year’s theme of celebrating a legacy of peace and friendship. The Yigo float even has a hut that will have not just village residents but special off-island guests as well.
“I’ve invited the mayor of Saipan, the mayor of Rota, the mayor of Tinian, the Japan Consulate, and the military to ride on the float to signify unity,” Matanane said.
As for Tamuning Mayor Louise Rivera, competing in the event doesn’t matter as much as putting out a beautiful float for the parade-goers to see.
While the Tamuning float usually uses natural resources found throughout the village, a number of recyclable materials have been used in its construction. She adds that celebrating peace and diversity are very important to Tamuning and she appreciates the work that has been put into the float.
“There’s a lot of hands that come in from people who care. They put it together. I’m just very appreciative of all the hardworking people who come out,” Rivera said.
Governor Lou Leon Guererro and Lieutenant Governor Josh Tenorio will also be participating in the parade line and will have their very own float. Capitalizing on the importance of recycling, this float is almost entirely made up of recyclable materials.
Honoring the survivors of World War II is an important aspect of this year’s 75th Liberation. That is why the first thing parade-goers will notice on the float, is a very special piece they’ve put together.
Robert Lizama, who chairs the governor’s 75th Liberation float, said their float depicts the island of Guam and the names of the World War II survivors.
You can catch the parade this Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. in Hagatna.