Mashramani parade kicks off

revellers ready for the road as sun shines in favor

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, February 23, 2019

Things are heating up on the road as hundreds of revellers are out and celebrating Mash 49, “with victory in mind”.

The warmth of the sun did not stop anyone as the bands congregated at Camp Road and Carifesta Avenue, adding the final touches on spectacular eye-catching costumes and floats before pulling off.

On the route from Carifesta and Camp Street proceeding east along the northern carriageway of Carifesta Avenue, turning south onto Vlissengen Road, continuing south and then proceeding east into D’Urban Park are 27 bands varying in size from Semi-costume-small to Full costume-large and Party truck.

These are Alignment Arts; Ministries of Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sports, Education, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Communities, Public Infrastructure, Business, Health and Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs; Guyana Police Force; Linden Technical Institute; Regional Democratic Councils, Three, Four, Six and Ten; Guyana Youth and Student Movement; Viking Sounds; Guyana Trans United; Guyana Shore Base Inc.; Chinese Association of Guyana; Maxi Williams Designs; AnsaMcAl, Pulse Entertainment, Banks DIH Limited and People’s Progressive Party .

They capture and display concepts such as “Togetherness will keep Victory in line,” “Guyana the shining star of South America and the Caribbean,” and Rediscovering El Dorado: Land of Golden opportunities, all with an aim of showing the cultural diversity and talents of Guyana and its people.

As they proceed along the route, more and more the spectators are lining the sections of the roadways to catch a glimpse of what is on display. The vendors were already in their spots, plying their treats.

The word Mashramani has been etched into the minds of Guyanese over several decades with its origin having been linked to the culture of Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples. It has since grown to become one of the highly anticipate National event on the Calendar of Activities with thousands of persons taking part annually.

Mariah Lall and Nateshia Isaacs

Images: Department of Public Information, Jules Gibson


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