Islanders of Grenada celebrate country’s Independence Day

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The Caribbean island of Grenada celebrated its Independence Day Saturday. The former British colony is one of the smallest nations in the world, with a population of just over 100,000 people. CCTV America’s Stephen Gibbs reported the story from St. George’s.

Islanders of Grenada celebrate country\'s Independence Day

Islanders of Grenada celebrate country\'s Independence Day

The Caribbean island of Grenada celebrated its Independence Day Saturday. The former British colony is one of the smallest nations in the world, with a population of just over 100,000 people. CCTV America's Stephen Gibbs reported the story from St. George's.

The Grenadian flag of green, red and gold was worn by all. The tiny, Caribbean nation gained independence from Britain 41 years ago. The official parade was held in a stadium built by China.

Some habits from the past remain. Grenada remains part of the commonwealth. The British Queen is still head of state in the country. According to protocol, the crowd stands when her representative arrive. The same gesture is not offered to the prime minister.

The island state is, however, on the brink of constitutional reform. One planned change is that politicians will no longer have to pledge allegiance to the Queen.

“Later this year we aim to take a fresh claim to our sovereignty. Constitutional reform is set to bring Grenada into the modern era. And to deepen the rights of all,” Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada said.

For most Grenadians, however, Independence Day is not a time for politics, but for celebration.