National Children’s Mashramani Competition culminates with a spectacular costume and float parade

(February 17, 2024) – The National Children’s Mashramani Competition concluded on Saturday with a spectacular costume and float parade.

The National Children's Mashramani Competition which was organized by the Ministry of Education's Unit of Allied Arts on Friday saw children from each Education District showcasing their talents in dance, masquerade, hip-hop, dramatic poetry, and calypso competitions.

Due to the National Cultural Centre being booked for CARICOM's 46th Conference of Heads of Government, the event was relocated to the Theatre Guild and Queen's College auditorium.

The Calypso & Dramatic Poetry competition unfolded at the Theatre Guild, while the Dance, Masquerade, and Hip-Hop competition occurred in the Queen's College auditorium. The vibrant energy filled both venues as students from all age categories delivered outstanding performances. The audience cheered encouragingly for each performance. The results are as follows:

Dramatic Poetry 8-10 age group

1. Wismar Hill Primary School

2. Bell West Primary School

3. Arapaima Primary School

11-13 age group

1. Christ Church Secondary School

2. Bell West Primary School

3. Belladrum Primary School 14-18 age group

1. Charlestown Secondary School

2. West Demerara Secondary School

3. McKenzie High School Calypso Competition 8-10 age group

1. Watooka Day Primary School

2. Santa Rosa Primary School

3. Winfer Garden Primary School 11-13 age group

1. Graham's Hall Primary

2. West Demerara Secondary School

3. Mackenzie Primary School 14-18 age group

1. President's College

2. Marian Academy

3. New Silvercity Secondary School Group Dance 8-10 age group

1. West Field Prep

2. Belladrum Primary School

3. Fisher Primary School 11-13 age group

1. Richard Ishmael Secondary School

2. Bartica Secondary School

3. Bell West Primary School 14-18 age group

1. Friendship Secondary School

2. Three Miles Secondary School

3. Mackenzie High School Individual Dance 11-13 age group

1. North Georgetown Primary School

2. St Anthony’s Primary School

3. Latchmansingh Primary School 14-18 age group

1. President’s College

2. Brickdam Secondary School

3. Mackenzie High School Masquerade 8-10 age group

1. North Georgetown Primary School (this was the only entry in this category) 11-13 age group 1. Ann’s Grove Primary School

2. North Georgetown Secondary School

3. Cottonfield Secondary School 14-18 age category

1. Lancaster Secondary School

2. Abram Zuil Secondary School

3. North Georgetown Secondary School Hip-hop 11-13 age group

1. Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary School

2. Arakaka Primary School

3. Watooka Day Primary School 14-18 age category

1. The Bishop’s High School

2. New Silver City Secondary School

3. Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary School

On Saturday, the streets of Georgetown were transformed into a colourful display of creativity and culture as students from across the country joined in the Children’s Costume and Float parade. This year, there were more than 20 bands competing in the various categories.

The event commenced at the Parade Ground and ended in the National Park. Scores of spectators lined the streets as the students paraded through the streets in their brightly coloured costumes. As the bands made their way into the National Park, they put on their best performance for the panel of judges. The results are as follows: Regional Bands

1. Education Department Region Six – “Sustainability for our Nation’s Development through Education and Technology”

2. Education Department Region Ten – “PROSOEROLIZATION” 3. Education Department Region Four – “Sustaining Unity, Prosperity and Advancing Economic Development Primary Bands 1. St Margret’s Primary School – “Celebrating Our Progress and Prosperity” 2. Stella Maris Primary School – “Embracing Unity, Celebrating Mash as One Guyana” Secondary Bands 1. St Stanislaus College – “Melting Pot of Culture” 2. Richard Ishmael Secondary School – “Honouring Our Peoples”

3. Cummings Lodge Secondary School – “Celebrating Our Peoples and Our Prosperity” Individual Bands 1. Samaya Denny – “Love for Guyana” (this was the only entry in this category) Other Children’s Organisations 1. Ministry of Amerindian Affairs Hinterland Scholarship Division (this was the only entry in this category)

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