What is Bermuda Day?
Bermuda Day, widely considered the first day of summer, is now celebrated on the fourth Friday in May. Locals line the streets to enjoy a vibrant celebration beginning with a half-marathon derby followed by a colourful parade winding through Hamilton full of music, culture, and patriotic pride. The first Bermuda Day Parade was held in 1979 and remains a steadfast celebration featuring dance groups, bands, majorettes, decorated floats, and Gombey troupes. Traditional floats harken back to the Easter Parade using natural materials, while new categories have been introduced to highlight modern art and the creative ingenuity of Bermudian float-builders. The competition between floats is fierce, as they compete for prizes in a variety of categories. Hundreds of people dance in the streets as the enticing Gombey rhythm carries them forward, united as Bermuda.
Bermuda Day is the culminating event of Heritage Month. For more information on the history of Bermuda Day, Heritage Month, and other Heritage Month events, click here.
Bermuda Day 2022 Theme: Togetherness
Friday, May 27, 2022
A community is a group of people who live together and rely upon each other. This Heritage Month theme gives our community the opportunity to think about what binds us together: how do we pull together during times of tragedy and need, how do we celebrate together, and what value do we place on what we can accomplish together as a country?
Bermuda Day Parade 2022 Entry:
Please read the below documents carefully as categories have been added and updated. All applications are due on Friday, May 11, 2022. If you have any questions about the below documents, please feel free to contact the Department of Culture for more information.
- Bermuda Day Parade Entry Categories (PDF)
- Bermuda Day Parade Application Form and Rules (web form)
- Bermuda Day Natural Heritage Float Materials Ideas (PDF)
Bermuda Day Parade 2022 Route:
Parade will begin on Front Street in front of the Point House/Albuoy’s Point area and continue along Front Street. The parade then turns left onto Court Street, takes a left onto Church Street, a right along Cedar Avenue, and ends at Marsh Folly Road/Dutton Avenue junction.