FILE PHOTO AUGUST 31, 2017: Members of the Police Service make their way along Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain during the annual Independence Parade on August 31, 2017.

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For yet another year T&T would not be able to celebrate Independence Day with the traditional military parade.

In a statement by the Ministry of National Security yesterday, Minister Fitzgerald Hinds that advised due to the current COVID situation there will be no parade this year.

This is the second year in a row the parade and other traditional celebrations commemorating the milestone had to be scrapped due to the pandemic.

The release said, “After careful consideration it was determined that the safest option would be to forego hosting any parade this year.”

The release also cautioned people to remain mindful of the current public health regulations that are in place.

Guardian Media had contacted Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell yesterday to find out what aspect of celebrations might be allowed this year to commemorate the 59th anniversary but all calls and messages went unanswered.

The parade which usually starts early in the morning and the fireworks display at the Queen’s Park Savannah at night have been major elements of this country’s Independence Day celebrations for years.