Vendors will have to be registered and accredited in order to ply their trade along the Mashramani route on February 23, 2017.
This is according to the Ministry of Education’s Department of Culture, Youth and Sport. The Department said registration begins on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 from 09:00hrs to 03:45 hrs at its Accounts Department, 71-72 Main Street, South Cummingsburg, Georgetown and ends on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Vendors are required to walk with their National Identification Card.
It was added that accreditation badges will be distributed to registered vendors on February 16, 17 and 20, 2017.
Additionally, placement for vendors will be done on a “first come, first sold” basis.
On January 17, the announced that it will stick with the Stabroek Square to Durban Park route for the annual Mashramani parade arguing that it provides better security and is short enough to include child revelers.
“Chief above the reasons posited is the safety risks and concerns expressed by sections of the National Security Agencies on Church as well as along Irving Street. ‘From a security point of view this route is better controlled. It’s more of an issue of safety and security” the statement said.
In addition, the statement posits that the new route offers the best view for more persons to see the displays from the safety of the stands at Durban Park which can accommodate as many as 30,000 patrons comfortably in addition to those who would wish to view the procession from the 1763 Monument Square.