With just over a week left until the highly anticipated 75th anniversary of Guam’s liberation in World War II, the registration line for canopy slots along the Liberation parade route wrapped around the corner of Paseo as early as Wednesday, according to Department of Parks and Recreations Director Richard Ybanez.
“Well, you know, traditionally with the liberation parade people camp out because they want to be the first in line to get the prime spots for the parade route and this morning when I came in, the line was around Paseo so I was like, oh my, I hope we can accommodate everybody. And as you can see behind me, we were able to accommodate everybody that was here today,” Ybanez said.
About a hundred slots were up for grabs this year and according to Ybanez, it was not too far from the amount made available years prior.
Despite opting out of offering a pre-registration process, everyone was happy with no complaints thanks to a smooth registration process, says Ybanez.
The DPR director added that the public can expect a couple of new features this year. All the canopy slots will be moved back, behind the strip of Da’ok trees along Marine Corps Drive, in order to allow for larger plots.
In addition, bleachers will be set up for the public. However, where exactly they would be located along the route has yet to be determined pending the liberation committee meeting slated for next Tuesday.
“We also have liberation books for sale at $45 dollars it’s the 75th liberation anniversary after all. It’s a book that has the history of us being liberated and if you purchase one, there’s a lot of interesting things about Guam’s liberation,” Ybanez said.
“I’m hoping to see everybody during the parade, happy, barbecuing, and having fun. I will be roaming around greeting everybody at the parade route,” he added.