By Stacy Carmichael-James
Easter in Guyana is about family, fun, and relaxation and this year was no different. News Room Journeyed through the streets of Georgetown, namely Regent and Camp Streets, where the kite vendors were out, trying to capture those sales. We spoke with several kite vendors, who all hailed the Easter Sales.
Trevor Smith who has been a kite vendor for many years told News Room he has never had a problem with sales. He said he cannot complain and boasted of his kites with prices from as low as $800, Smith caters for all income brackets and for the entire family. After a brief chat with him, we quickly proceeded on the opposite side of the road on Camp Street, closer to Robb Street, where we spoke with “Uncle Morris” who also had a range of brightly coloured kites in various sizes, ranging from 18 inches. There we saw a few parents with their children purchasing kites to catch in on the Easter breeze.
Uncle Morris, as he is popularly known said this year’s sale is better than last year, but he was swift to remind that Guyanese love to “shop late” and his expectation is that many more kites would be sold before the day ended.
Irvin Mccurdy, another kite vendor who plies his annual trade at the corners of Camp and Robb Streets expressed gratitude for the sales, which at noon were quite a lot for him. “So far the sales have been pleasant” he said.
The team then headed over to the Seawalls Bandstand where parents were helping their children get their kites up, families were eating, enjoying the Atlantic breeze, while the sound of Soca flowed.
We didn’t end our tour there; we hopped over to the National Park where hundreds gathered with their families and friends. The sky was filled with kites of all sizes.
There we met Rudolph Wilson with his 7ft kite, which is an upgrade from last year’s, which was 6ft. Every year he would make the kite and take his family in the park to enjoy the atmosphere, eat and have fun with the tugging of the kite; and fun they had as they battled with the monster as it swung from side to side in the blue sky.
As we anticipated, President David Granger made his annual trip in the Park, where he interacted with patrons and took time out to snap a few pics. Many children flocked around the Head of State all in a bid to get a hug, a handshake or to share some kind words.
News Room then caught up with Director of Sport Christopher Jones, who was enjoying a sunny afternoon in the park with his family. The Sport Director expressed contentment at the scenery in the Park and along the Sea Walls where families of all ethnicities gathered to share in the unforgettable moments of the Easter celebration.
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