Capacity crowd defies rains for Presidential Inauguration

Capacity crowd defies rains for Presidential Inauguration

MAY 27, 2015 | BY |  By Desilon Daniels

When Guyanese woke up on Independence Day, many were disheartened to see the overcast, gloomy sky that met them; the day was meant to be one for celebration and, more importantly, one for the inauguration of Guyana’s new leader, President David Granger.


Inauguration-2015 – Click to Enlarge

Photo: Scenes from the Stadium on May 26, 2015.

However, Guyanese are not known to be easily deterred; nothing, they said, especially a bit of rain would keep them from witnessing such a historic occasion. For many, being able to participate in such an event could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

So, with umbrellas in hand – and in some cases rain boots on feet – they packed into their vehicles and headed to the National Stadium to witness the inauguration ceremony. 

It was hard to believe that many Guyanese could be in such a good mood even after waiting for hours in traffic on the East Bank of Demerara. In fact, only bright, smiling faces could be seen among the thousands who converged at the National Stadium at Providence.

Equally bright were the colours worn yesterday by patrons; though a spectrum of colours were seen, the most popular were clearly red, black, gold, green and white, the colours of the Golden Arrowhead.

Many of those who weren’t openly going for colours from Guyana’s flag, sported outfits created from the APNU+AFC flag, while others went so far as to dye their hair in multiple colours.

Though the focus was largely on the new president, David Granger, it was still a day for all Guyanese and people of all races were seen in the packed stadium, standing shoulder to shoulder as they sheltered under umbrellas together.
Though the official inauguration ceremony had been slated to begin at 5:00pm, countless persons had turned out hours before to patiently await the arrival of the President.

Fortunately, President Granger’s arrival was a timely one and the inauguration programme got underway promptly.
Those who defied Mother Nature were not disappointed, even with the intermittent showers, and the cultural performers were clearly cognizant of the great responsibility they had in delivering a stellar show; whether they were singing or dancing, the performers gave it everything they had; they sashayed their hips, stamped their feet energetically, and grinned broadly to the cheering crowd.

Particularly vibrant were the 550 dancers who were a part of a display by the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport of the Ministry of Education. In flamboyantly coloured outfits, they made their way on to the field to perform a vigorous piece which focused largely on unity in Guyana and the importance of working together. The hundreds of dancers ranged from nursery school right up to adulthood.

Even with the rain drizzling, they smiled brightly and the crowd reciprocated with bellowing roars of approval.
Though other items, including the military bands display, received tumultuous applause, no item was more appreciated than the address given by His Excellency, Brigadier David Granger.

Before he spoke, President Granger was officially inaugurated by the First People of Guyana. He stoically stood on an erected podium as three dancers circled around him, a small smile playing on the corner of his lips. The smile grew when he was officially inaugurated.

In his remarks, President Granger spoke at length on the importance of a unified Guyana and rebuilding a proud nation. Though for the most part a hush fell over the audience as the president spoke, joy was evident on the faces of countless persons. There was little movement as he spoke save for the swaying Golden Arrowheads perched around the stadium.

The attention shifted only briefly from President Granger when the fireworks began; with eyes glued to the sky, Guyanese “oohed” and “ahhed” as the bright colours exploded into view.
Even President Granger seem captivated as he hoisted his young granddaughter in his arms and smiled along with her as she marveled at the beauty of it all.

Beside him stood his wife, Sandra, who whispered and smiled proudly with her other grandchildren.
As the events came to an end, it was clear that the day had been a successful one.

“It is time!” persons called out to one another as President Granger hopped into his vehicle and prepared to leave. And though no one could specifically say what it was time for, there seemed to be a general understanding that a new beginning was underway.

We have a duty to transform Guyana into a united Nation – President Granger

May 27, 2015 | Filed Under News

By Abena Rockcliffe Equipped with their umbrellas and other rain gear, thousands of patriots braved inclement weather yesterday to get a glimpse of the early morning wreath-laying ceremony and hoisting of the Golden Arrowhead at the Independence Arch on Brickdam in the capital city The event was in observance of Guyana’s 49th Independence anniversary.  [Read more]

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  • Restorer  On 05/28/2015 at 3:55 pm

    It was a beautiful event and proud moment for many of us. I have never felt this way. Only tears of joy could have expressed how I felt. My sadness is for members of the opposition who refuse to concede defeat ad thereby embrace inclusionary governance. I know that a large percentage of the population support the PPP for various reasons known to them. I was abroad when the news of the coalition broke. I was at a function with other Guyanese of various persuasions, but there was euphoria from then on. There was just great hope and joy. I travelled to New York shortly after and everywhere I went people were asking about the coalition. There was just so much excitement. Unfortuneately the leaders of the then government surrounded by their crowds of supporters failed to read the mood of the people and to realise that many people had decided to support the coalition because they actually want unity. I have many acquaintances who are in the PPP, but they either didnt voted or voted for the coalition. Frankly, I was shocked that the result showed so many votes in favour of PPP. It is time for Mr. Ramotar and his former ministers to accept that they were defeated ad move on with the nation’s interest first.

  • Gigi  On 05/28/2015 at 5:04 pm

    eh? …this capacity crowd was no where near even 1/10 (and I’m being generous) of the supposed votes that supposedly made him the supposed winner of the definitely RIGGED election.

    “The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.” Niccolo Machiavelli

    Don’t get your hopes up folks…but then again, the folks who voted for him aren’t the brightest crayons in the box either, so standards and expectations are nil…just keep invoking god and voodoo economics with this lot while sticking it to them and y’all do just dandy.

    Someone once said that mediocre leaders often hide behind religion and this guy and his entourage are shoving it in your face like no tomorrow. Next they’ll be telling you that god put them there thus you must trust them in everything they do because it’s all god’s will…and the rest, as they say is history.

    I so want to laugh but this ain’t funny.

  • Restorer  On 05/28/2015 at 6:00 pm

    Gigi, I pity you and so many of my good friends in the PPP. I trust that God will open your eyes. The configuration of results is not different from 2011, so what’s the deal? The again requests for recounts and grave mistrust on the part of the losers has become entrenched in our society, so I forgive you from the bottom of my heart. Ramotar did his best, but the average Guyanese just wants a better life starting with an end to race hate. I feel that you are insulting the intelligence of all who voted in good conscience. Guyana will rise again. This is a new era and we must recognise that times have changed and rotten divisive politics must become a thing of the past. May God have mercy on those who continue to extol hatred.

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