Rain or shine, the 73rd Liberation Day Parade is happening today, July 4.
Weather forecasts predict that Saipan will be experiencing rain throughout the entire day, leaving the parade vulnerable to a downpour. But the Liberation Day Parade Committee is ready for that.
“We can’t control the weather, but we are prepared to go rain or shine,” said parade subcommittee chair Brad Ruszala.
He hopes the weather holds out for spectators, but he said the subcommittee is ready for any scenario of rain to appear.
Ruszala thanked the hard work and dedication of Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, the Mayor’s Office of Saipan staff, and the Department of Public Lands for helping assemble many tents and the grandstand yesterday. He said it was also inspiring to see the many organizations that have committed to participate in the parade.
He also credits Luise Villagomez for preparing the subcommittee for a successful parade. “Without her, it would have been infinitely more difficult to organize the signature event of our celebration,” he added.
The theme of this year’s Liberation Day celebration is “Marianas Strong.”
“Everyone was affected by Super Typhoon Yutu in one way or another, so it will be great to gather together to celebrate the resilience of our community,” Ruszala said.
In a separate statement, Rep. Luis John Castro (R-Saipan) wishes the entire Marianas to enjoy this year’s celebration.
The parade will be hosting the annual float competition with a total of eight competitive float entries and six non-competitive float entries, with the Top 4 winners getting cash prizes. The winner of the Liberation Day raffle will also be announced.