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Hundreds of Guyanese of different ethnic groups assembled at the Everest Cricket Club yesterday to partake in the event which received much publicity prior to yesterday.
Foreigners were also present tasting the delicacies, taking pictures and viewing the cultural items on the programme.
Rainy weather earlier during the day and heavy overcast conditions in the afternoon failed to deter the throng that poured into the Everest Ground at Carifesta Avenue.
Buses brought passengers from far flung locations including the East and West Coast adding to the mammoth crowd as the event got under the way.
Members of the Police Force were hard pressed to control the traffic jam as many tried to find parking space.
While most dressed in the latest fashion some wore the traditional Indian wear.
President Bharrat Jagdeo, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds and several other Governmental officials took time out to attend the programme later in the evening and be part of the celebration.
Many ceased the opportunity to greet the President and take family portraits with President Jagdeo.
The President was all smiles as he observed the special welcome dance put on by two toddlers in his honour.
The event organised by the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) included dances and fashion displays, songs, poetry, flute renditions and greetings from political parties and religious organisations.
Prayers from Hindu and Muslim religious organizations kicked start the programme.
Drama, Qaseedas, performances by the Indian Cultural Centre and the UG Hindu Society all added to a programme that was rich with cultural and entertaining for the entire family.
Music was supplied by The FABULOUS ORIGINAL BAND.
The stands were packed to capacity and hundreds were forced to stand on the ground. While many assembled around the stage to view the cultural presentations others choose to browse the many attractions around the ground.
Fun activities included games, tasting a wide assortment of Indian cuisine, go cart rides, a Ferris wheel ride and a merry go around.
To the delight of the children a trapeze was available for non stop jumping and several booths offered prizes ranging from stuff toys to CD players if certain feats could be successfully completed.
One booth required throwing a ball through a clown’s mouth, a basketball in a hoop or two balls to hit down ten cans off a stand.
The event took the form of a gigantic family fun day picnic and was very orderly. As promised by the organisers no alcohol beverage was on sale and admission to the event was free.