Mashramani – tourism magnet
DPI, Guyana, Saturday, February 23, 2019
This year’s Mashramani parade attracted Guyanese and foreigners alike who were lucky to witness this event which reflects the country’s patriotism and rich and diverse culture.
With favourable sunny weather and a radiant crowd of hospitable Guyanese, international visitors found the occasion extremely attractive. These included persons from Cuba, Brazil and French Guiana and further north from the United States of America and Canada.
Jigging whilst enjoying a savouring Guyanese brew, Julio from Cuba was the picture of satisfaction. An overwhelmed Julio said, “I am feeling great. I am enjoying it with my people – mash is top of the line, it is the best.” He shared that this is his second time in experiencing Mashramani in Guyana.
Standing a little further down the way from Julio was French-citizen Bastian and his friend who were immersed in the day’s activities. Bastian who currently lives in French Guiana was witnessing the annual Costume and Float parade for the first time. When asked of his opinion on the event, he stated, “It is very colourful compared to the French Guiana carnival… it is really great and a wonderful experience.”
Also present at the parade was Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority, Brian Mullis and his family. Mullis remarked that he enjoyed the demonstration of national pride evident in all the costumes and the floats and the general vibe of “togetherness.”
Images: Department of Public Information.