Guyanese arrive from
US Sfor Carifesta
THE FIRST flight of 171 themselves how much de-
United States based Guy- velopment had taken place
anese and friends coming for during their absence.
CARIFESTA arrived at lt was learnt that two
Timehri Airport Saturday other flights are expected
night and were given a rum from the USA, one from
punch a n d steelband
welcome. Toronto and another from
The visitors, many of Brazil.
whom were accompanied by Some 2,000 people are al-
children, were at once at ready here for CARIFESTA
home to the calypso beat of which opens on Friday and
the GDF Steelband, as they, will continue for 21 days.
made their way across the
tarmac to a tent erected on
the lawns of the Timehri
Home Affairs Minister,
Oscar Clarke and Assistant
Secretary of the People's
National Congress, Elvin Mc
David were at hand to wel-
And soon after the airport
formalities were over, the
Guyanese were hugging and
kissing relatives they had
not seen for long periods.
Many of them said. that
CARIFESTA co-incided with
their holiday and it was an
occasion they could not miss.
Several of them had been I L'
informed through letters !'
about the festival and others i
had learnt through the grape-
vine "about a chartered
flight to be arranged by the[. "
Guyana Embassy in Wash-
ington D.C. .
Some of the excited home-
comers had been away for. .
between eight and 12 years,
others even more. But they
are looking forward to the .
opportunity of seeing for HOME AFFAIRS
of the 171 Guyan
Minister Oscar Clarke chats With one
ese and friends who flew in on a chart-
ed plane from tha'U.S.
THE youngsters in this picture seem full of expectation
as they flew in with their parents and relatives from the
USA. These were some of the 171 Guyanese and friends
who have come here for CARIFESTA on a chartered
flight.especially arranged for the occasion.