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Deadline for Liberation float-parade participants this Friday

LIBERATION Day float-parade participants have until June 15, Friday, to submit their application forms to the Saipan mayor’s office.

Mayor David M. Apatang said his office will provide lowboy trailers to groups, organizations, including government agencies, that want to take part in the parade.

Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang attends the Liberation Day Committee meeting on Tuesday.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoSaipan Mayor David M. Apatang attends the Liberation Day Committee meeting on Tuesday. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño

As of Tuesday, the Liberation Day Executive Committee headed by Joe Ayuyu Jr.  reported there were  10 float-parade applicants in the non-competitive and competitive categories.

The first prize in this year’s float competition is $4,000; second prize, $3,000; third prize, $2,000; and fourth prize, $1,000.

This year’s Liberation Day festival will begin on June 29 at the Garapan Fishing Base and continue until July 7.

A week prior to the opening, the Marina Islands Fishing and Seafood Festival will use the carnival ground for an event that will be held from June 22 to 24.

Fishing and Seafood festival organizer Gary Sword said their event will serve as a prelude to the Liberation Day activities and help attract more visitors and local residents to the carnival ground.

“There will be all-day music, fun and food,” he told the Liberation Day Committee.

Liberation Queen Committee chair Monique Sablan said the pageant tickets will be counted  on June 30 in the Saipan mayor’s office conference room, and coronation night will be held in Hibiscus Hall at the Fiesta Resort & Spa on July 1.

As of Tuesday, she said the committee had distributed 50,000 tickets to the candidates: Brinae Jessilyn M. Cruz, 14; Lovely Joey B.  Loyola, 15; Connie B. Mendiola, 14; Milagro Omar Palacios, 14; and Taylor Chong Sablan, 17.

The Liberation Day Committee at the same time agreed to the suggestion of Parker Yobei of the committee on programs and entertainment to distribute evaluation forms to the people at the carnival ground.

Yobei said the results of the evaluation will give the committee ideas on what needs to be improved and what not to continue.