Berbicians turned out in their numbers on Sunday for the usual Mash last-lap tramp along Stanleytown and Main Street, New Amsterdam.
The revelers moved off from Mark’s Bridge at Stanleytown just after 14:00 hrs and headed down New Amsterdam. Along the roadway were hundreds of onlookers, many with alcoholic and non- alcoholic beverages in hand.
The scene was a sea of colour that enhanced the carnival atmosphere.
The bands on the road were presented by Ansa McAl, Guyana Power and Light, Ministry of Culture and People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and Region Six Democratic Council. The revelers tramped to a cacophony of sounds, gyrated to the music and just let loose in every way.
The police were out in their numbers, too, along with motorcycle patrols that sought to preserve law and order along the Mash route.
The float from the Ancient County, the Berbice River Bridge/Breadbasket of Guyana, was a crowd stealer as the usual Mash parade maintained its tradition of presenting its scene stealers along with a few oddly- behaving men and women as well.
Berbicians did not mind as it was all seen as part of the fun on Mash Day in New Amsterdam.
The PPP contingent, the largest at the Mash tramp, saw revelers in their scores dancing and waving the party flag. Region Six Chairman, Zulfikar Mustapha, and Faizal Jafarally led the political revelers.
“We winning again! We winning again!” were part of the chants from the persons within the contingent as onlookers looked on in amazement.
“Them campaigning early,” one onlooker told Kaieteur News. “This is sheer ‘politricks’”.
“It’s fun, I enjoying myself, but there could have had more floats from Georgetown like we saw on the TV on Wednesday,” one man said. “Mash want money,” another said, “and money ain’t circulating.”
The floats made their way to the Esplanade Ground area after which a Mash ‘Washdown’ was held that brought the weekend’s activities to a close. (Leon Suseran)
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