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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Mash battle looms



THE stakes are high for Mashramani this year and word from the camps is that government ministries are among those vying for top honours in the decorated buildings and float parade segments.

Among those staking a claim is the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Crops and Livestock which makes no secret that it wants to win the float competition again this year.

The ministry’s float parade will depict something nice and sweet, according to Minister Satyadeow Sawh. The theme for its float parade is ‘Creating a stir around the world’.

“We are confident that we will win this year’s float prize again because we will be dealing with something nice and sweet which is sugar -- we will definitely be creating a stir in this year’s Mash”, he told reporters Monday.

“The float will be of the Demerara Gold sugar along with a cane field -- this float will show the nation and let them know that sugar has great value and is the future” Mr Sawh beamed.

Top designer Derek Moore has been the designer for the ministry for about five years and said that since he was a part of its float parade, it has always won.

“This year’s Mash we are focusing on sugar cane and it must be noted that the materials of the costumes are local. Everything that combines the costumes is made in Guyana and this helps the costumes to look more glamorous”, Mr Moore told reporters.

“This year we are having this huge cane field showcasing a cultural mix in 2006 and the name of the costume is ‘Crown of the cane’”, he explained.

The designer also noted that even if it rains, the costumes will be safe. They will not be damaged because the costumes are always made of foam and fabric and not paper that will easily be destroyed if it rains, he pointed out.

The Guyana Sugar Corporation will be participating in the ministry’s Mash band to further promote sugar and the Demerara Gold brand.

Representatives from the sugar corporation noted that this is a good avenue to market its products.

Sawh also pointed out that since everyone will be using the basic cultural mix theme which is race and religion, the ministry is focusing on a wider Caribbean cultural mix. The float, he said, will also feature flags of all the countries that Guyana’s sugar is exported to.

He said that since the ministry has represented itself well, it is now participating to defend the title once again.

Every year, for Mash, the ministry focuses on a different sector within the ministry, he said.

“It is marvellous to see, no matter race or religion, people celebrating as one after a day of hard work. When we work, we work, and when we party, we party hard -- so look out for the Ministry of Agriculture Mash band this Thursday”, Sawh urged.

The ministry is also participating in the most decorated building competition this year.

Sawh said this is the first year it will be taking part and has high hopes of capturing the first prize for this category.

He said that on Mash Day tomorrow, the ministry will be distributing samples of Demerara Gold sugar to onlookers at the parade. (NATHALENE DEFREITAS)


Guyana Chronicle

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