their flower gardens and
Hnew their hedges.
lThe accent on buying local,
n w eating local and making
local has been in swing for
We have had festivals, sometime but Carifesta
anniversary celebrations, vie- seems to have given us a
tory marches and Mashra- "shot in the arm".
mani.... but Georgetown has I saw one restaurant de-
never seen anything like corated with potted sugar,
Carifesta. cane trees and a home with
In fact the Caribbean has painted water coconuts hang-
never seen anything like it, ing on the walls.
Carifesta is new. It is If you go into the markets
original. It is not only far you will see a wide range of
bigger in scope and duration straw baskets, hats hand.
-it is also quite different in bags or mats all locally-
It brings together for the Carifesta has brought out
first time in this hemis- the initiative of the "small"
here a conglomeration of man. In the commercial
indigenous culture, talent stores or on the pavements
and initiative of the region's you see his creations costume
multi-racial communities, jewellery made from coco-
The spirit of Carifesta is nut shells sea shells, beads,
not only felt at the various snail shells and what not.
venues where events are be- There are some who say
ing held. It pervades in that Carifesta is too expen-
homes... in the commercial sive to participate because
centres ... on the streets. it costs too much to see the
A stranger making a visit events. The organizers have
to Georgetown will realise made it clear that most of
almost immediately that the events .can be seen for
there is "something in the Just1. $ ,' .
air". Guyanese-. spend. ..mich
Gorgeously dressed fe. more than a'dollarOn lesser
males in their festival fash- events day after day or
ions nF riotous colon:r. ,,alk month after month. Carifes
the streets with that con- ta is not a monthly event -
Spiouous air of gaiety. Males not even a yearly event. It
are also in the picture. is a rare privilege for Guy
People have repainted anese to participate in it.
their homes, brushed up on (S.N.).