Kites, families and fun – scores flock Joe Vieira Park

DPI, Guyana, Monday, April 22, 2019

On Easter Monday, at the Joe Vieira Park, scores of families and friends took over the recreational space with their picnic baskets filled with delicious goodies and, of course, their colourful and creative kites.

Many parents could be seen assisting their children to get their kites up, music blared from several speakers and the smell of BBQ wafted in the air. For many, a family day at the park is an annual event during the Easter holidays, the Department of Public Information (DPI) spoke to some of the families about their plans for the day.

David Roberts said that his family were among the early birds who set up camp in the park around 10:30hrs. “Everyone gets up, prepares snacks and food like fried rice for this day… then we arm ourselves with the kids and the kites and come out to have an enjoyable time. This is something we do every year once I am in town which the children really love,” Roberts explained, nothing that the weather was perfect for kites flying.

A little further distance away from Roberts, the DPI team spoke to Joseph Aaron, who shared that “this holiday will be spent teaching his daughter how to fly a kite with his wife at his side; to enjoy the day as a family”. With a smile, Aaron noted the outing would not be complete without their home-cooked meal and iced cool beverages.

Imitiaz Baksh and his family came to the park prepared for a long fun-filled day. “We have lots to eat and drinks and we also brought along many, many kites so the children can fly without stopping,” he said.

The park also had its fair share of lively vendors stationed at each corner of the ground engaging with the families and encouraging them to sample their goodies.

The tradition of kite flying in Guyana has remained steadfast and this was reflected today in the scores of diverse families who made the annual pilgrimage to the Joe Vieira Park.

Neola Damon.

Images: Giovanni Gajie.

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