SCHENECTADY — The city’s annual ode to Guyana is returning this year — but with several charges.
In a departure from the past, the event will be held at Central Park's Music Haven instead of Grout Park.
Guyana Day has been rebranded to Caribbean/Guyana Day, and is set for Saturday, Sept. 7 from 11 a.m. to dusk.
Organizers don’t expect any major changes despite a former lead organizer bowing out this year.
“Everything is the same except the venue,” said organizer Dharam "Junior" Hitlall.
Hithall said he wanted to keep costs down by relying on volunteers. Vendors will not be charged, but donations will be accepted.
The eagerly-awaited annual celebration of Guyanese culture, which has run intermittently since 2003, features numerous family-friendly activities, including food, games, live music and cricket matches.
Attendees will not be allowed to bring alcohol to the event.
"People should know you can’t take alcohol to the park,” Hithall said. “If police come by and see alcohol, they’re going to issue tickets.”
Between 2,000 to 3,000 typically attend the event, he said, and the change in venue may boost those numbers.