That is how the 250-strong contingent of the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport will be represented when an abundance of heleconias, hibiscuses, rainbows and periwinkles take to the streets in just a few days.
The Ministry’s Mash camp is at the Burrowes School of Art on Carifesta Avenue in the city. Designers are hard at work to complete all the details of their costumes and have almost finished preparations. Other public and private Mash camps in Georgetown and other parts of Region Four are also working feverishly on costumes and floats.
Students of the President’s Youth Award Programme: Guyana (PYARG), the Kuru Kuru College, and other volunteers are collaborating with the staff of the Burrowes School of Art to put together the Ministry’s large float.
Director of Studies at the school, Ms.Kathleen Thompson, explained that the King and Queen of the float both represent the natural splendour of Guyana. The King will be bedecked in a heleconia costume, and the Queen in a hibiscus costume.
Ms. Thompson explained that the heleconia is a sturdy flower and represents the robustness of the Guyanese culture, while the hibiscus is a softer type of flower found almost everywhere in Guyana.
The bands that follow the King and Queen will be divided into five categories, four of which are flowers - heleconia, hibiscus, periwinkle and the rainbow flower which, according to Ms Thompson, represents the variety of cultures inherent in Guyana. The fifth aspect will be based on a series of choreographed military moves.
Mashramani is a much anticipated event this year and is expected to be grand, with participation from many organisations.
Banks DIH Limited, Rayon House of Fashion, Don Gomes, Government Information Agency (GINA), the Guyana Agricultural & General Workers Union, Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport, Giftland Office Max, the National Hinterland Promotion and the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) are among those taking part in the costume bands and float parade.
Mashramani 2005 was cancelled due to the flood in January/February 2005. But there was a float parade on Independence Day.