June 26th is a national holiday as Madagascar gained its independence that day in 1960. This year Tamatave was adorned with Malagasy flags. Lots of activities were organised to celebrate 56 years of independence. On the eve the traditional children’s parade with Chinese lanterns took place in the town centre as soon as the sun set. It was followed by splendid fireworks above the sea and music on the beach. On the day itself almost all schools, businesses, associations presented themselves during the parade on the Avenue de l’Independance. And for the first time this year: a solidarity march by the youth in the week before the 26th and a half-marathon on the 25th. The weather-gods were not well-inclined towards the Tamataviens. Showers and sunshine alternated. But that didn’t deter anyone.