La Penitence Sunday Market: The colour and the commerce

For sheer congestion and chaos the Sunday morning La Penitence Market is unmatched in the capital and its environs. Like the Sunday market at Plaisance it spills over onto the street, except that in the case of Plaisance vehicular traffic moves in one direction only, south towards the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and Linden, albeit at a painful crawl.

The entire expanse of the public road that extends from the Ruimveldt Police Station to Sussex Street has to be cordoned and traffic heading for Georgetown redirected onto Lombard Street. Traffic moves gingerly in one direction, south.

La Penitence is the least celebrated of the three markets in the city and yet, at its Sunday peak it possesses a character that  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



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