The Saipan Mayor’s Office has extended the submission date for those who want to participate in the 2017 Liberation Day float competition.
According to Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, the submission period for float competition applications has been extended to June 26.
Once all float applications are in, participants must be briefed on June 28.
As of today, nine float participants have already submitted their applications for the Liberation Day festivities that will start this Saturday, June 24.
Apatang said the confirmed marchers for the Liberation Day parade on July 4 include representatives of the Japanese community, the Chinese association, and hopefully more.
This year’s parade will also be significant because the Saipan Mayor’s Office and the Office of the Governor will be joining this year’s parade with their own floats.
According to Apatang, when the idea was brought up with the governor’s office to join the parade and build their own float, the governors’ office was extremely supportive of the idea.
“The governor has always been very supportive of our Liberation Day festivities,” said Apatang.
For parade participants, floats must be lined up and ready to go from 1pm to 3pm so that the parade can start at exactly 4pm on July 4. Competition floats will be judged before the start of the parade.
The opening of the Liberation Day festival will be on Saturday, June 24, at 6pm.
As for the Liberation Day grounds preparations, the mayor’s office is just finalizing all the booths and making finishing touches. Vendors should be able to decorate their booths before opening night.