George Watson, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Kingston and St. Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation,the chief organizer of the event, expressed that in an effort to do justice to the achievements of Kingston and St. Andrew, they intend to pull no punches with the 2018 Homecoming celebrations.
“We are trying to bring together all the people of Kingston to excite them about our culture, and to promote peace and harmony among our people,”Watsonsaid.
He continued, “The aim is to achieve a spectacular view with the boat parade at the Kingston Harbour, which is the 7th largest natural Harbour in the world. Spectators can expect a sailboat race from Victoria Pier to Port Royal followed by the boat parade across the harbour.”
Boats participating in the boat parade will be provided by JDF Coast Guard, JCF Marine Division, Jamaica Fire Brigade, the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club, private boat owners and fisher folk.
“People who are looking for a fun and exciting family experience should definitely spend their Sunday afternoon with usat the homecoming celebrations. The boat parade, kiddies village, and concert are just a few of the reasons for spectators to come out in their numbers and celebrate our island’s historic capital,”said Andrew Clunis, Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), a main sponsor of the event.
The Kingston and St. Andrew Development and Homecoming Foundation is a not-for-profit, Non-Government Organization, which seeks to foster the development of both parishes by leveraging the enormous human, economic and cultural resources found within Kingston and St. Andrew and the diaspora.One of the featured activities of the Foundation is the hosting of the annual Kingston and St. Andrew Homecoming Week Celebrations.
Celebration on the Waterfront is also sponsored by the Kingston Bookshop, the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC), the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club, and Food for the Poor.