Carnival is under way on the French side. The Children’s Parade is this Sunday, February 24, and the Adult Parade on Sunday, March 3. (Robert Luckock photo)
MARIGOT–Following the election of the 2019 Junior Carnival Queen D’Yorlana Meyers on Sunday at the show in Galisbay, the Miss Carnival 2019 candidates will be on stage this coming Saturday, February 23, in the Carnival Village at 8:00pm.
The seven candidates ages 17 to 20 will appear in beachwear, evening wear, and cultural wear.
The Children’s Parade then takes place on Sunday, February 24, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm. There will be eight troupes representing eight schools with some 700 children on the streets of Marigot. The parade starts from the Jean-Louis Vanterpool Stadium.
Carnival will be officially launched on Friday, March 1, on the Marigot waterfront where a village will be installed and followed by five days and night of concerts, parades and entertainment. The launch on March 1 will have an opening parade at 7:30pm. The concert to follow features artistes Skinny Fabulous from St. Vincent and King Bubba from Barbados joining local artistes.
J’ouvert Morning starts at 5:00 Saturday, March 2, with a rendezvous at the Agrément roundabout. Three music trucks are expected and a group from Nevis. The individual costume competition takes place that evening on Rue de la Republique from 7:00.
“The objective is to highlight the costume designers, the intricate work that goes into the costumes and their artistic merit,” commented President of Festivités Carnavalesque de St. Martin (FCDSM) Luciana Raspail. The prize is 5,000 euros for the winner. Live music that evening will feature Exodus from Anguilla and the group Rocas from St. Kitts.
The Adult Parade is on Sunday, March 3, departing from the Agrément roundabout from 12:00pm. Seven troupes are confirmed to take part as well as a troupe from the Dutch side. A highlight for spectators is the judging segment for best choreography on Rue de la Republique. Live music continues on the water front that evening.
The “We Showdown 2” concert is on Monday, March 2, with the top artistes from St. Martin, Oswald, Red Eye Crew, Malaïka Maxwell, Kenyo Baly, among them. Tuesday, March 3, sees the second adult Mardi Gras parade starting at 2:00pm on the same route.
Carnival closes on Wednesday, March 6, with a Jump-up parade 8:00pm and the traditional burning of King Momo.
“We invite the population to come out in large numbers to watch the parades, concerts and shows,” added Raspail. “The Committee’s objective is to send out a strong signal that St. Martin has bounced back. We want to reinvigorate the territory in general, and Marigot in particular.”
All entertainment during Carnival is free for the public except the Queen Shows in Galisbay. Tickets for Miss Carnival this Saturday are 15 euros in advance or 20 euros at the gate. Tickets are on sale at Levi’s and Marjorie Seduction in Marigot. More information on Facebook page Carnaval de Saint-Martin.