Utility companies to ensure cables do not hamper float parade

Georgetown GINA, May 16, 2016

The Ministry of Education, Department of Culture Youth and Sport has engaged key utility companies to ensure that there is enough clearance for vehicles that will be traversing the route of the Jubilee costume and float parade.

The Guyana Power and Light (GPL), the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) and E-Networks have been examining the height of the wires belonging to their companies on the route of the parade to ensure that there is a clearance of at least 20 feet.

Guyana’s rich history and cultural diversity will be brought to life at the much anticipated jubilee costume and float parade on May 2016 in keeping with the 50th Anniversary theme ‘Reflect, celebrate, inspire.’

Mash Secretariat Coordinator, Lennox Canterbury indicated that the parade will be focused more on the 50th anniversary theme, and that bands will portray a ‘nationalistic flavour’.

For the first time, he said, participants were given ideas and areas on which designers can work with. “Now we are looking at Guyana at 50 years and we have broken it into decades span, so we are encouraging organisations to say look, you may want to showcase the history of Guyana, but it might be done from a different perspective, it might be done from your company’s perspective that there were high points within that period that your company made achievements and contributed something significant to the development of Guyana, so those are the wide parameters we shared with participants,” Canterbury explained.

He said that a number of organisations, groups and individuals have indicated their interest in participating in this activity, and that preparations are proceeding smoothly.

The parade is scheduled to start at 10: 00hrs at Church and Camp Street. It will proceed west to Avenue of the Republic and continue South along that roadway, then east into Brickdam. The bands will then enter Vlissengen Road, proceeding north to Home Stretch Avenue, turning east, and eventually entering into D’urban Park. The bands will then do their displays on the Durban Park tarmac and then exit from the northeastern gate to Home Stretch Avenue and proceed to their place of disbandment.

The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has responsibility for the parapets and the Ministry of Public Infrastructure has been resurfacing the roads, where needed, along the route. These works will be completed in time for the parade.

Security falls under the ambit of the Guyana Police Force along with some private firms.

Canterbury added that persons will have enough space along the route to display their creative pieces.

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