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For Immediate Release

Title: May 31st Declared


CaribPR Newswire , New York , NY , May 29, 2008: New York City Mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, has declared Saturday, May 31 st , `Guyanese Independence Day` in New York City . The mayor issued the proclamation to the Committee to Celebrate Guyana, which is set to mark the country`s 42 nd anniversary of independence on Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the financial district of Lower Manhattan, at   One Bowling Green (at the Bowling Green Park, in Lower Manhattan across from Battery Park). The event is a brain child of Hard Beat Communications, CEO Felicia Persaud, who formed the Committee to Celebrate Guyana last year by reaching out to nationals like Chuck Mohan, Ron Bobb-Semple, Allison Skeete, Roger Gary, Rickford Burke and Marina Sahadeo among others last year. The mayor lauded the contributions of the over 100,000 Guyanese who call the city home and Said the city is proud to join the Committee to Celebrate Guyana `in a citywide salute to this nation’s heritage.` “”As the Golden Arrowhead waves over Bowling Green , all New Yorkers recognize the great strides made by the Guyanese community in their native land and throughout the five boroughs,”" the proclamation added in part. New York`s Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs, Guillermo Linares, will attend the event and officially hand over the proclamation. Some of Guyana`s outstanding folk musicians are set to also perform including Guyana Master Drummer, Menes Griot & The Shanto Troop, featuring Harmonica Man from Venezuela; Junior Kulcha and the `King Of Folk,` Marlon Jardin; veteran Guyanese singer Cliff Joseph and his daughter Coriena; rising chutney and reggae stars, DJ Prakz and H20 Wata Flo, respectively; the S.T.A.R.S Teen dance group of Brooklyn is also set to perform while King Raj Of The Indo Caribbean Star Finals Competition are set to add their own flavor to the celebration while Almira Brasse is again set to lend her operatic voice to the national anthem of Guyana. Hollywood actor Marc Gomes, of SueThomas FBEye fame, is set to join the celebration and will be honored along with Laparkan CEO Glen Khan, Western Union and Tota`s Bakery founder, Indra Jainarie . The inaugural event in 2007 featured cultural performances came from many Guyanese artists including Slingshot Drepaul, Courtney Noel, Almira Brasse, The Triad Group, the Verna Walcott, Deeraj and dance groups, drummer Akayo, poets James Richmond and Francis Quamina Farrier and musical saw player Moses Josiah. Thousands of Guyanese gathered near The Bull in Lower Manhattan to celebrate the 41 st anniversary, including Guyana ’s ambassador to Washington, Bayney Karran, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke and several other elected and appointed officials, Hollywood actor Sean Patrick Thomas, boxer Vivian Harris, Bollywood actor Kumar Guarav and movie producers, Rohit Jagessar and Mikey Nivelli. For more information, log on to: www.celebrateguyana.wordpress.com.