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Stabroek News Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

It rained on their pa­rade but that did not dampen the spir­its of these rev­ellers, who were among those came out to fete in their colour­ful cos­tumes for the in­au­gu­ral Guyana Car­ni­val yes­ter­day.

De­spite a four-hour late start, the in­au­gu­ral Guyana Car­ni­val yes­ter­day saw hun­dreds of par­tic­i­pants take to the streets of Ge­orge­town, where they were joined by hun­dreds more ea­ger to take in the spec­ta­cle.

Due to the heavy rain, the or­gan­is­ers an­nounced at about 11 am, when the pa­rade was orig­i­nally slated to be­gin, that it would start at 1 pm. How­ever, it was fur­ther de­layed and never did get started un­til just be­fore 3 pm.

The rain, which stopped around 12.30 pm, was never a fac­tor again as the pro­ces­sion of rev­el­ers made its way from the Kitty Round­about to D’Ur­ban Park, where it camped be­fore later pro­ceed­ing to the Na­tional Park for a rave.

Based on ob­ser­va­tions made by Sun­day Stabroek, the pa­rade not only at­tracted lo­cals but guests from as far as Ja­maica and Panama, and count­less over­seas-based Guyanese who took the op­por­tu­nity to re­turn home to be part of what they con­sid­ered a his­toric event.

Those who were not mem­bers of the band chose to par­tic­i­pate by tak­ing pic­tures with those in cos­tume, who made up the five sec­tions of the band, namely, Ama­zon, El Do­rado, Kai­eteur, Ro­raima and Stabroek.

And for those who thought that the event would have only at­tracted younger folks, they would be sur­prised to have seen par­tic­i­pants from the “not so young gen­er­a­tion” who came out fully dressed in their car­ni­val cos­tumes.

The fas­ci­na­tion with what is ex­pected to the first of many more car­ni­vals to come was mir­rored by those who lined Vlis­sen­gen Road, armed with their cam­era phones, to cap­ture the pass­ing pa­rade for pos­ter­ity.

“I just hope that the rain hold up for these peo­ple, I want to see what ex­actly they got to show for this car­ni­val thing they bring­ing now,” one el­derly woman said.

“Is nah as big as Mash right, but it seems to be a start for some­thing good and I guess we got to wait to see if they gonna bet­ter them­selves next year; but as it is right now, I en­joy­ing the pa­rade and my chil­dren ad­mir­ing some of the cos­tumes. I think some of the cos­tumes were bet­ter than the ones we see at Mash time, so I re­ally think that these peo­ple are off to a good start,” another woman added.

Mean­while, by time the pa­rade made its way to D’Ur­ban Park, a crowd had al­ready gath­ered to wit­ness the pro­ces­sion and ev­ery­thing else re­lated to pa­rade.

The pro­mot­ers were happy to re­port that as of yes­ter­day evening, they were able to host an incident free event and were look­ing to have it re­main that way as they took the event into the evening.

(Ter­rence Thomp­son photo)

Par­tic­i­pants of the Ge­n­e­sis Car­ni­val Band as they made their way down Vlis­sen­gen Road

Young ladies hav­ing a whale of a time at the Guyana Car­ni­val.

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