Once again the Kamina Barracks in Tamale became the heartbeat of the metropolis last Monday as hundreds of residents trooped there to celebrate the annual Easter Picnic. This year's picnic was a bit different from previous ones because of a Tamale based Radio station, Kesmi FM which broadcast directly from the venue and encouraged patrons to make live music requests for their loved ones.
Another difference this year was that there was more traditional drumming and dancing by various ethnic groups. Thirdly,Vodafone and MTN made their presence felt more by mounting separate stands to market their products.
As usual the Tamale-Bolgatanga road was busy compelling military men to direct motor traffic to avoid accidents. There was also no problem with security as the soldiers were there to maintain discipline.
Patrons had enough to eat and drink as assorted food and drink including the locally brewed "pito" was in abundance. Beef,chicken,roasted guinea fowl,fish and local dishes like tugbani and tuo zaafi were served.
Families spread mats on the ground under trees to sit while others joined their friends to dance to traditional music, hip-hop and other types of music that blared from giant speakers mounted on almost every corner of the barracks.
Other patrons of the picnic played games such as Oware,ludu and football.
Some holiday-makers told Graphic Showbiz that they would always love to spend the Easter in Tamale because of the orderly manner the picnic was organised.
Showbiz learnt that other residents patronised picnics at NOBISCO and VRA Club House.
Story by Vincent Amenuveve/Graphic Showbiz