Spring is upon us and with it comes the preparation for the annual rally of The Scout Association of Malta (TSAM) and the Malta Girl Guides (MGG). Over the past few weeks, members of both associations have been busy with marching practice, training of bands, preparation of group flags and mascots. Following various meetings with all stakeholders details regarding the annual rally which is going to be held this Sunday can be provided.
Holy mass will be celebrated at 9am by H. G. Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, at the Catholic Institute, Floriana. After mass, the groups will fall in on the granaries in preparation for march-off. This year the annual rally will be led by the Gozo District, followed by the North District, South District and Central District. With the closure of Triq Sarrija at 9am, all route buses and vehicular traffic will be re-routed through Triq Sant’ Anna.
March-off will take place at 10am from near the Mall Garden. The rally will proceed towards the traffic junction and then turn left to pass from in front of the Phoenicia Hotel. The rally will continue marching towards the ring road of the Triton Fountain as going towards the Valletta football ground, turn right to march between the planters and then enter Valletta City Gate.
Scouts and Guides will march down Republic Street towards the presidential palace, where H.E. the president Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, patron of both associations will take the salute. Only Scout and Guide groups will be allowed through the area in front of the Presidential Palace. After marching through St George Square, the rally will proceed into Archbishop Street and then go right again up Merchants street. Dispersal instructions will be given further down the street.
TSAM and MGG would like to take the opportunity to thank all stakeholders involved in assisting both associations during this annual event. A special thank you goes to members of the Malta Police Force, who go beyond their call of duty to accommodate the rally and provide all the necessary logistics and officers free of charge, the St John Ambulance Brigade for their support, the Floriana and Valletta Local Councils for the relevant permits and Transport Malta for rerouting their buses to accommodate the associations.