Grand Diwali Motorcade to illuminate ECD Highway on Saturday

The Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDS) is set to host one of the biggest Diwali Motorcades on Saturday – the eve of the Festival of Lights.

Over 25 well-illuminated floats are expected to traverse the East Coast Highway and make their way to the La Bonne Intention (LBI) Community Centre Ground for the final judging and awards ceremony.

The displays will be judged at several points along the route, but the final judging will be done at the LBI Ground.

The motorcade would leave the Shri Krishna Mandir at Campbell Avenue in Kitty at 6:30pm tomorrow, and will continue west along Campbell Avenue, turn north onto J.B Singh Road, then proceed east on the Rupert Craig Highway, through the Sparendaam Public Road and into the La Bonne Intention (L.B.I) Public Road, then proceed south on the L.B.I Access Road into the Community Centre Ground.

As the motorcade makes its way to the venue, the streets and main access roads would, as usual, be flooded with people from all walks of life, who would be attempting to get a glimpse of the spectacle, which is mostly accompanied by sacred Diwali music. The floats depicting the various forms of Mother Lakshmi have resonated with Guyanese for decades.

At the venue, a packed cultural show would feature Naval Chatelal out of Trinidad and Tobago. He will be joined by Ben Parag, Vishale Samlall, Anjele Nandalall, and many others.

In addition, the talented Dharmic Nritya Sangh will be performing. The musical team will be supported by Rishi Gayadeen, Donny Gayadeen, Suraj Balkarran, Amaranth Maharaj & Varun Samlall.
Sounds and lighting will be provided by Travellers Sound and Zeus Lighting.

The FREE event is a haven for foodies, as they can sample seven curries, chokas, and just-off-the-tawa rotis, hot fried vegetarian savoury snacks, and a wide array of sweets. A special Diwali bazaar would be there for those who would like to pick up special Diwali items, outfits and jewellery.

Parking will be allowed on the southern parapet of the southern carriageway of the Rupert Craig Highway for persons desirous of viewing the passing Motorcade. Persons are asked to park in the extreme corner of the road, to avoid blocking the Motorcade. No parking will be permitted on the northern side of the East Coast Public Road between Conversation Tree and the L.B.I Access Road.

Persons attending are asked to follow the route, and to adhere to the directions of Police ranks who will be on the ground to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted flow of the event.
All access roads will be open up to 6:00pm to facilitate persons heading to the seawall and LBI. Persons are advised to head to the Seawall before 6:00pm to access their seats to enjoy the motorcade in its entirety.

Meanwhile, prior to the grand motorcade, the GHDS hosted its Deep Jale at the Kitty Seawall on Saturday last, and saw hundreds in attendance. Those in attendance were treated to a rich cultural show which can only be described as breathtaking.

The murti of the Hindu Goddess Maha Lakshmi was lit up, thus symbolising “light over darkness”. The murti is normally lit nightly, leading up to Diwali, which is set for Sunday, November 11 this year.

Also, there were several events planned and executed to celebrate the Festival of Lights. In fact, motorcades were held at the various praants across the country. This evening, the East Bank Demerara Praant will host its motorcade. The winners from the various praants will head to Georgetown for the grand finale on Saturday.

The floats will assemble at the G3 Building, and will make their way to the Diamond Tarmac for judging and a cultural presentation.