Should The Mash Route Change?
For years, Mashramani revellers are accustomed to using the Church and Irving streets route, but if one person were to have his way, he would change the route.
A letter writer to one of the daily newspapers last Tuesday is advocating the re-routing of the float and costume parade, making the Cultural Centre the starting point. This, the writer believes will ease the traffic congestion along the way.
It was further pointed out by the writer that the parade should then make its way along Sheriff Street, turning west into public road Kitty onto Carifesta Avenue, ending in the national park.
While acknowledging that there are however some notable issues with this new arrangement- such as traffic and some concerns in relation to noise, the writer also stated that there are certain security considerations at the moment, such as having large crowds after dark in front of the petrol stations along Vlissengen Road and in the vicinity of Camp Ayanganna.
Capitol News sought the view of a few persons in the streets who said that the present route is perfect for the celebration; however there were a few who agreed that the route should be changed.
Some Caribbean countries have flirted with new routes but quickly had to revert because of some security and other problems.