A grand victory parade and rally in honor of the victorious coalition government in Guyana is set to take place Sunday June 14 in Brooklyn, N.Y. According to the organizers, the New York City Police Department has already approved the route of the march, which begins at Bedford and Church avenues at 11 a.m. and will proceed east along Church Avenue to Schenectady Avenue, where the grand rally will be held.
The march and rally are being organized by a group of Guyanese who came together after requests from fellow Guyanese in the Diaspora to have their chance to show their appreciation for the change in government and the achievements of 49 years of independence.
The chairperson of the group, Sharif Fraser, said she had no choice but to bring the group together after Doris Rodney, owner of the Hills Restaurant, broached the idea after watching the festivities that were streamed live from Guyana.
Fraser immediately contacted a number of prominent individuals, including members of the North American chapters of the PNC/R and the Alliance for Change. Political activists Rickford Burke and Erving Washington are also part of the organizing committee. The logistics and stage preparations are being handled by Bobby Vieira, who was asked to join the team and share his expertise. He will also be arranging for live streaming of the event.
The two-part program will feature speeches and remarks by a number of federal, state and local politicians. Those invited include Reps. Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The second part will feature Guyanese performers, including Lisa Punch, Jenny Ferreira and Anthony Alleyne. The gathering is expected to number in the thousands. Guyanese, decked in their green and yellow shirts and caps, are expected arrive from Connecticut, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Toronto, Canada and even Guyana itself.
The Committee has extended a special invitation to Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon and other senior government officials to attend the event and offer remarks in relation to the new government and its expectations.
The committee has also broached the idea of a reduced airfare with Fly Jamaica for supporters from Guyana who have already indicated their intention of joining in the North American celebrations, as the airline provided for persons who travelled from New York for the Independence Anniversary celebrations in Guyana.
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