»Apatang says he wants grounds ‘ready and safe’
The kickoff ceremony for the 2014 Liberation Day festivities, which was supposed to take place tomorrow, June 27, has been postponed to next Tuesday, June 30, according to Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang.
“We want to make sure the grounds are ready and safe for our concessionaires to set up and conduct business. Equally important is to make sure the grounds are safe for patrons to the festivities,” he said.
The postponement of the Liberation Day kickoff ceremony was announced during a briefing yesterday at the Saipan Mayor’s Office at the Ladera Center in San Jose,
Aside from Apatang, members of the 2015 Liberation Day Committee and Skywalker Communications Group attended the briefing. The meeting was also attended by majority of the concessionaires.
Apatang emphasized that his decision to postpone the opening will make the festivities cheerful and safe and thanked the public for their understanding.
“On behalf of my office and the Skywalker [Communications Group], I appreciate the public’s understanding and patience for this postponement. In the interest of the safety of the concessionaires and the public, the new kickoff date for the celebration will be June 30,” Apatang said.
Skywalker public relations manager Kiki Chen said carnival booths have already been half filled and activities and competitions are already set.
The 2015 Liberation Day carnival grounds will be open starting June 30 from 6pm-10pm Mondays to Thursdays, 6pm-11pm on Fridays, 10am to 11pm on Saturdays, and 10am to 10pm on Sundays.
“I want to invite everyone in the community to join us on June 30, at 6pm to open the month and a half long celebration,” she said.
The 2015 Liberation Day parade, meanwhile, is set for July 4 with participants expected to be on site by 7am, while the parade kicks off at Quartermaster Road around 9am. It will move toward the carnival grounds at the Garapan Fishing Base.