Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: Massive turn out at National Park : School Children Excel at Pageant
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 Material Information
Title: Massive turn out at National Park : School Children Excel at Pageant
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Creator: Osman, Raschid
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/2/1972
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199903
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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Massive turn ou t National Park




GUYANESE turned out en
masse at the National Park
yesterday afternoon and
watched the nation's school
children do their Carifetsa
thing in the form of a lavish
colourful Pageant of the
People. k
Droves of interested per-
sons were turned back as the
stands filled up long before
the show started, For two
hours, the schoolchildren
performers managed gushing
displays in production num-
bers by Doris Harper-Wills,
Robert Naraine and Gora
Singh, full of that spontane-
ity which is the hallmark of
their age-group at play.
Mrs: Harper-Wills's Folk
Scenes raised the curtain on
proceedings with her contro-
versial 'choke and ro b'
sequence, voices crying
'iShame, Shame" while the
robbers were flogged.
She continued with fisl"er-
inen and porkknockers and
sugar workers and news-
paper boys, a garbled attempt
at depicting aspects of the
Guyanse way of life.
Gore Singh's Holi sequence
was not too Indian in con-
cept but did manage to cap-
ture something of the spirit
of that Hihdu festAval.
'Then there was 'Chinese'
Glimpses' choreographed
competently by Robert Nar-
aine, with formation dances
by peasant hatted tunicked
inmcing groups of dancers


But it was with-Land oz
rintasy that the show rusih-
ed into the realm of -iL
pageant and that Harr-.
Wills really came irnto .o.
Fantasy unfolded w -
I stunning morning. rofads
from the Guyana Polie*
Force Band (they nevea
sounded better by the war).
SThey managed bird cries and
dog barks while children in
hibiscus, sunflower, lotus
lily, and bird costumes r~fsz
ed their heads to greet th
new day creating a tapestry
of vivid colour. Girls flowed
by in sweeping gowns .lik6
Guyana's rivers and then, to
a recitation of parts of fMac
Andrew's famous poems, A-s
01' Higue laughed her iaase
laugh and hid her face S"
hind a blaming red dress. :
The Christmas celebrations
came next and sustauired the
colour and movement man-
aged by the Fantasy. Girls
flounced on stage in stylis-
ed abandon and other, darc-"
ers with paper riache birds
iilformed that the bull is not
the only animal which I, ma
be used in the masquerade.
A team of young stilts dan-
ters trained by Boyle Sage
added that outlandish charm
peculiar to such groups.
By nov it was dusk aO?-
the lights about the arena
had been turned on height'e
ening the glitter of the Cari-i
festa sun raised beUhd the
pyramid and from which~
players in wun ray coattmea
emerged, shoottig str6aMl
of yellow paper onto '1hi
stage. And witthhe fJlhal,,.
it was time ftr a grana
jump-up, the Police Bant
blnring syncopated tf l
tunes and the children g,:.;t
to town in "rkie Guyare.,-
Pageant of the People :
to be repeated at the Pirk'
this afternoon and thouapndr
are again expected to attend
1 1iill o\n tiv C'-tyano.a 'i rii>} '.

TOP: The Chinese fan themselves gracefully and mine*
along in wide peasant hats and tunics and trousers.
BELOW: It was finale time when the cast clambered on
to the Carifesta pyramid below the symbolic Carifesta sun
and. avFed their cutlasses in gay abandon.

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