The following statement was released at a news conference held earlier today by Chief Inspector Alexander Rollin, of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) Community Policing Division…
With the National Heroes’ Day holiday weekend upon us, the public can look forward to a host of carnival type activity starting Thursday, June 16th, 2022 and ending on National Heroes’ Day, Monday, June 20th, 2022.
Of particular note are two events scheduled for the holiday Monday: J’ouvert, which takes place between the hours of 3am and 9am, followed by Revel de Road.
For J’ouvert, revellers will depart from Bernard’s Park and proceed left on Marsh Folly Road, left onto Cedar Avenue then another left onto Angle Street finishing back at Bernard’s Park.
The Corporation of Hamilton and the Ministry of Public Works have issued traffic notices permitting the closure of the roads mentioned, during the event.
Next up will be Revel de Road.
This street procession starts at 11am Monday, June 20th and will consist of three laps, which will mainly take place in Pembroke Parish. This will mean the closure of a number of roadways. Among them, Frog Lane, Parsons Road, North Street and Dutton Avenue during the first lap.
Bermuda J’ouvert Carnival June 19, 2017 YouTube
The second lap will result in the closure of Dutton Avenue, Marsh Folly Road, Black Watch Pass, and North Shore Road up to the Palmetto Road roundabout.
The third and final lap will begin at the North Shore Road/Palmetto Road roundabout, west on Palmetto Road, then on to Marsh Folly Road before turning left onto Dutton Avenue and finishing at Bernard’s Park.
It is anticipated that each lap of the procession will take approximately two hours to complete.
Motorists should expect delays and there will be traffic diversions as a result of road closures and large numbers of people expected to be in attendance. We ask that you exercise patience and caution.
The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) will maintain high visibility during these events. We urge members of the public against engaging in criminal activity or anti-social behaviour during these events or, any of the numerous other social gatherings set to take place during the holiday weekend.
It should be noted that although the scheduled carnival events have obtained noise permits, the BPS will still monitor noise levels and use authority under the law to address any noise related complaints, if necessary.
Members of the public planning to attend any of these events should travel with a group or in pairs, avoid parking or walking in dimly lit or isolated areas and advise someone of their whereabouts and when they plan to return.
The parked vehicles of patrons attending scheduled events should not obstruct any surrounding roads or driveways.
For those headed out on the water, please file a float plan. Do not go boating alone. Ensure your radio is working and all the requisite safety equipment on-board is up-to-date.
When swimming, do not swim alone and please ensure that your boat’s registration decal is current and prominently displayed.
Do not consume alcohol and drive, ride or operate a watercraft.
Extra police officers will be on duty on the water for the raft up that is scheduled to take place in Mangrove Bay on Saturday 18th June. Our officers will be working closely with the Coast Guard to ensure a safe and enjoyable day is had by all.
We also ask that you cooperate with our officers, as we aim to ensure minimal disruption and that everyone is able to enjoy the holiday, without fear for their safety and wellbeing.
The public can expect there will be stepped up patrols as we continue our focus on traffic offences with Operation Vega, including impaired driving.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all residents and visitors a safe holiday weekend and urge you to enjoy yourselves responsibly.”
Top Feature Photo: Bermuda J’ouvert Carnival June 19, 2017 YouTube