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Guam readies to celebrate 67th Liberation Day

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - The culmination of Guam's 67th Liberation Day festivities gets underway Thursday morning as more than 40,000 residents are expected to attend the annual Liberation Parade.

The parade kicks-off tomorrow and is expected to be bigger than the year before. A total of 92 groups will be participating in the parade including 36 float entries from the different government agencies, villages and private companies. Liberation Parade chairman Ordot-Chalan Pago Mayor Jessy Gogue says residents should be cautious of the many campers on the parade route tonight and tomorrow morning and take notice of several road closures.

"So at 3 o'clock tomorrow morning, the southbound lane from Adelup headed down towards Asan Beach Park will be closed-off so that the float entries, all the big vehicles that are participating in the parade will be able to park at their staging sites," Gogue said. The mayor added that Marine Corps Drive from Adelup to Route 8 at the Maite intersection will be closed at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning.

Mangilao resident John Acfalle and his family are one of many taking over the 200 slots along this year's parade route. Acfalle said his family has participated in the parade in the past few years, telling KUAM News, "It rains a lot during liberation; if it doesn't rain it isn't liberation, so actually bring sunblock, food, canopy, that's normally what they would need to bring."

Whether it rains or not, residents should be cautious of the weather and remain hydrated during the event. "Common sense applies here," he noted. "If they're camping, make sure they have the food, some form of fluids or liquids because I'm expecting tomorrow to be a warm day, and if not a warm day, at least humid so people will be sweating a lot. Hydrating is important."

Aside from enjoying the floats and free giveaways, the parade offers the public an opportunity to think green. Peggy Denney with i-Recycle said, "The bins are going to be provided to every canopy for aluminum and plastic bottles, so we want to separate out ideally all the aluminum cans and all the plastics bottles, plastics one and two, and keep them out of the trash and out of the Ordot dump."

The parade is set to start around 9 in the morning. 

A moment of silence and wreath laying ceremony is planned for Therese P. Lujan, who died at last year's parade when she was struck by a falling tree in Anigua.

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