Fewer trucks, but more fun for Jouvert Jump-Up 2018

PHILIPSBURG–The annual Jouvert Morning Jump-Up took place Friday morning with thirteen musical trailers on the streets making sure that revellers kept fit with their musical selections. The event had fewer bands than last year’s 22, but Carnival-lovers did not seem to mind as they went to jump behind the different trucks.

The Jump-Up began just minutes after 4:00am and bands lined up on the ring road opposite Walter Nisbeth Road (Pondfill). Police and emergency officials were out in full force with every truck and hundreds started to gather alongside the streets in Philipsburg to start jamming.

There were a few incidents but no major crimes, police reported on Friday afternoon. However, there were a number of brawls involving youngsters and older persons. Several arrests were made, and one person passed out due to alcohol overdose. Police spokesman Chief Inspector Ricardo Henson said more information about the incidents will follow early next week.

The Jump-Up ended at the Carnival Village just before 11:00am and revellers, as customary, flocked to the Carnival booths for coffee, bush tea or some good old-fashioned johnny cakes with chicken leg, not forgetting a variety of soups.

St. Maarten Carnival Foundation thanked all stakeholders for taking part in this year’s fete and looks forward to their participation in 2019 events, which will be the 50th anniversary of Carnival in St. Maarten.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/76135-fewer-trucks-but-more-fun-for-jouvert-jump-up-2018