Mash was widely supported
Stabroek News
March 1, 2002

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Dear Editor,

It is quite obvious that Guyanese are willing to live, work and play together when we witnessed the Mash Float Parade on Saturday. Supporters of the PNC/Reform largely ignored the call of their party to take part in a separate mash march. It was much more fun for them to mix and mingle with their fellow citizens in the celebration of their country's Republic anniversary.

All races and cultures participated in this celebration which has been getting bigger and better every year. These are signs of togetherness, of patriotism and the living of our Motto - One People, One Nation, and One Destiny.

Mashramani is no longer a Georgetown thing, people and floats represented all the Regions in the Float Parade and indeed each Region had their own celebrations and this is the way it should be.

The people showed their maturity in refusing to respond to the divisive call by the PNC /R for a separate march which they should desist from encouraging in the future and in any other similar national events.

Congratulations to all who helped organise, supported and participated, especially Minister Gail Teixeira, her ministry staff, all the various committees and workers who worked tirelessly, dedicatedly and joyfully in living up to our Mashramani theme, Colourful and true in 2002.

Yours faithfully,

John Da Silva