Grand Gala 2018, Where Jamaica Celebrated 56 Years of Independence

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If Jamaica was a human being, then she (or he) would be middle-aged. But of course, in the scheme of things s/he is relatively young. 56? Just a “spring chicken.” Well, although rather mature chickens ourselves, we made our way last night to the National Stadium to get a feel for the Grand Gala, the annual celebration of Jamaica’s Independence. The last time we visited the Stadium (and this was many years ago) was a very difficult experience. This time, we faced up to the crowds and ventured out.
The Grandstand was starting to fill up when we arrived at around five o’clock. By the time we left, after seven (by which time, we were cracking under the strain of the vuvuzelas) people were sitting on the steps, and the stadium was completely full. As we went to the car, we noticed hundreds lining up to enter. Surely no more Jamaicans could be packed in!