Thousands throng National Park for Emancipation Day celebrations

Thousands of Guyanese travelled to the National Park to participate in the annual Emancipation day celebrations put on by the African Cultural and Development Association.

ACDA Representative Eric Phillips said that this is a special year not only for the association, but all Guyanese as this is not only the 20th anniversary of ACDA, but also the 250th anniversary of the Berbice Slave Rebellion and the 175th commemoration of the abolition of slavery.

There were several booths on display exhibiting African culture, while other had displays of clothing, jewellery and ornaments. Food bars were also prevalent, with many selling traditional African foods such as konki, black pudding, foo-foo and cook-up rice.

There were also cultural performances by many talented Guyanese, including the Wahl sisters, Lisa Punch, and the Hebrew family.

Also present at the celebrations were President Donald Ramotar, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, Mayor Hamilton Green and Leader of the Opposition David Granger.

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