The event, which allows the US-based Guyanese to celebrate the rise of the new government following the May 11 General and Regional Elections, is being organized by a group of Guyanese who came together after requests from fellow citizens in the Diaspora were made for them to show their appreciation for the change of Government, and the achievement of 49 years of Independence.
Chairperson of the group, Sharif Fraser said she had no choice in bringing the group together after business woman, Doris Rodney of the Hills Restaurant broached the idea after watching the events that were streamed live from Guyana.
It was stated that she immediately contacted a number of prominent individuals including members of the North American Region (NAR) of the PNCR, and the Alliance for Change (AFC) in a bid to have the activity kick off. Political activist, Rickford Burke and Ervin Washington are also said to be part of the organizing committee, while Bobby Vieira will conduct logistics and stage preparations. He is also expected to arrange for the live streaming of the event.
“The grand victory parade and rally in honour of the victorious Coalition Government in Guyana, is set to take place on Sunday 14th June 2015 from 11:00 am in Brooklyn, New York.” Organizers say that the New York City Police Department has already approved the route of the march which begins at Bedford and Church Avenues, and will proceed East along Church Avenue to Schenectady Avenue where the grand rally will be held.
The two-part program is set to feature speeches and remarks by a number of Federal, State and Local Politicians including US Congress Woman, Yvette Clarke and New York City Mayor, Bill De Blasio among others. The second phase will see Guyanese performers including Lisa Punch, Jenny Ferreira and Anthony Alleyne.
Thousands of Guyanese are expected to turnout in their yellow and green, the organizers said with persons travelling from as far as Connecticut, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Georgia, Toronto Canada and even Guyana.
A special invitation was extended to Minister of State in the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon and other Senior Government functionaries to offer remarks in relation to the new Government and its expectations.
Persons wishing to travel to the US can check with Fly Jamaica for special airfares as they initiated a reduced fly cost for those who travelled to Guyana for the Independence celebrations.