As part of the Amazing Port Moresby Independence Festival, 23 cultural floats paraded the streets of Port Moresby creating an amazing independence vibe in the suburbs and communities in the city. Since cultural shows were restricted around the country to comply to Covid-19 prevention protocols, the National Capital found a way to bring celebrations to people through the cultural floats so we can still abide by the Niupela Pasin and still celebrate Independence in a safe way.
23 trucks, representing the 22 provinces including West Papua decorated with traditional National colors with not more than 15 cultural dancers dressed in full traditional attire arrived at Independence Boulevard early in the morning of the 16th to parade in the streets and surbubs in the nation’s capital. The floats took 4 routes. Route 1: Moresby North West. Route 2: Moresby South. Route 3: Moresby North East and Route 4: The miles, a combination of Moresby North East and North West locations.
The cultural floats representing 23 provinces were from National Capital District – Motukoitabu, Central Province, Western Province, Gulf Province, Northern Province, Milne Bay Province, Madang Province, Morobe Province, East Sepik Province, West Sepik Province, Manus Province, New Ireland Province, East New Britain Province, West New Britain Province, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Eastern Highlands Province, Western Highlands Province, Simbu Province, Jiwaka Province, Hela Province, Southern Highlands Province, Enga Province including one cultural float representing West Papua.
The sound of the Kundu drums, bamboo band, conch shell blown, garamut beating and cultural singing brought people cheering for their provincial float bringing the true feeling of Independence in city streets of Port Moresby.