The Barbados flag is comprised of three equal, vertical parts. The outer panels are ultramarine and the center panel is gold.
Grantley Prescod, whose design was chosen from 1029 entries in a competition, designed the National flag of Barbados. He not only designed it, but he actually made the first flag as well.
The ultramarine panels represent the sea and sky of Barbados and the gold symbolizes the sand of our beaches.
The symbol in the center of the gold panel is that of a broken trident of the Mythical sea god, Neptune.
The fact that the trident is broken is representational of our break with the historical and constitutional ties as a former British colony to become independent.
The flag of Barbados cannot be flown after 6 p.m. unless it is inside a building but should be flown from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from the Public Buildings in Trafalgar Square.
The Barbados flag is flown at half-mast as a sign of mourning and should not be flown with the trident inverted unless meant as a sign of distress.
When on display, the flag should not be able to touch anything beneath it, including trees, vehicles, or the ground.
Our National flag is one of greatest symbols of independence and we, as Bajans, are very proud to fly it and don its colors.
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Author: Brett Callaghan
Blue to the left and to the right with yellow in the middle. In the middle of the yellow is the Broken Trident of Barbados.