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The Guyana Independence Celebration Committee (New York) has announced that Guyana’s Prime Minister, Moses V. Nagamootoo, will be the guest of honor and at this year’s New York celebration of Guyana’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence from June 2-3, 2019 in Brooklyn. The celebration theme is “Fan the Flame of Guyanese Patriotism”! This is the largest Independence commemoration outside of Guyana and the second largest West Indian celebration in New York City, after the Labor Day parade.
The annual Guyanese Independence Parade on Church Avenue, Brooklyn is on June 2, 2019. The parade assembles point is Utica and Church Avenues at 11:00 a.m. The parade will proceed East on Church Avenue and South on Ralph Ave to end at Preston Court. The after parade Flag Raising Ceremony and Unity Concert will commence at 2:00 p.m, place on June 2, at the former Brooklyn Art Center: 8024 Preston Court and Ralph Ave, Brooklyn NY 11236. The Committee has called on patrons to maintain orderliness as well as the event’s incident-free record. It also stressed that all contraband will be confiscated by Police.
The Concert will be headlined by Soca superstar Patrice Roberts, celebrated Guyanese artiste Onyolla Phillips aka “Stitchie The One Man Band,” Guyana’s Chutny monarch Steven Ramphall, Guyana’s Calypso Monarch Kenroy Fraser – Mighty Believer, Carib Soca Monarch Brandon Harding, Soca Artistes Nessa Preppy and Freezy and Guyanese-American Hip Hop artiste Lia Givenchy, among others.
The celebration will conclude on Monday, June 3, 2019 with a Youth Symposium and launch of the New York chapter of Guyana’s newly formed national youth movement, “Move On Guyana, Inc.,” at 6:00 p.m., at God’s Battalion of Prayer Church & Christian School: 661 Linden Blvd & Schenectady Ave, Brooklyn NY 11203. “Our Youth: Moving Guyana Forward,” is the theme of the celebration finale. Prime Minister Moses V. Nagamootoo will be the Keynote Speaker.
There will be a post-symposium diaspora briefing at which a Government of Guyana ministerial delegation will address nationals. Ministers of the government and other officials who have been invited to the celebration include Basil Williams, Attorney General, Volda Lawrence, Minister of Health, Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance, Dr. Karen Cummings, Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Patterson, Minister of Public Infrastructure, Dawn Hastings-Williams, Minister of State, Simona Broomes, Minister of Youth Affairs, Joseph Harmon, Director General, Ministry of the Presidency, Ubraj Narine, Mayor of Georgetown, Christopher Jones, Director of Sport and Owen Verwey, CEO of Go-Invest, Guyana’s Ambassador to the US Dr. Riyad Insanally, Guyana’s Ambassador to the United Nations Michael Ten Pow and Guyana’s Consul General to New York City Barbara Atherly.
A combined contingent of ten (10) Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and Guyana Police Force officers will also travel to New York to participate in the celebration. The GDF officers are Lieutenant Neil Asregadoo, Lieutenant Winette Smartt, Sergeant David John, Sergeant Shameka Devonish, Sergeant Randell Williams, Sergeant Stefan King, Corporal Alex Williams, Private Raheem Hamza Duke. The Police officers are Lance Corporal Osbert Cain and Constable Garfield Skinner. Move On Guyana, Inc President, Vishal Joseph, Vice President Mary Adams, Director of Finance, Varune Mohadeo, Digital Director Aggrey Marsh, Director of International Affairs Dr. Randy Domer, and Director of Strategic Planning and Political Affairs, Akeem Peter, will also attend the celebration.
Other artistes who are scheduled to perform at the Unity Concert on June 2, include Guyana’s soca monarch runner-up Vintage, Trevon Vibez, Adrian Dutchin, chutney legend Terry Gadraj, former calypso monarch Diana Chapman, rapper Kelsy More, gospel artistes Saiku, dancer Jonnel Shury, reggae artiste Omaje, Mahindra Ramkellawan, dancehall artiste Jory and Blaze Anthonio. The artistes will be accompanied by Angel Caribbean Band and DJ Mix Master Tony. The all-star concert will be hosted by radio personality Malcolm Ferreira, Dr. Rose October, and comedian Trey Sancho.
Chairman of the Guyana Independence Celebration Committee (New York) , Rickford Burke, today called on the Guyanese diaspora to “unite and join the celebration.” He emphasized that Guyanese must be mobilized and ready to demonstrate full confidence in our government and country by turning out in large numbers at the parade and concert. Burke posited that Guyanese pride is at an all-time high and that every national must continue to ‘Fan The Flame of Guyanese Patriotism’ and work together to realize Guyana’s Moto of “One People, One Nation, One Destiny!”
Organizations, businesses, groups or individuals who are interested in participating in the celebration, placing trucks or floats on the parade, or in vending, may contact the Committee at www.celebrateguyanainnyc.com or call 929-263-2556.