Long route Unity Jump-Up kicks off busy pre-Carnival weekend | THE DAILY HERALD

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This image depicts the route (red dots) of the Unity Jump-Up on Friday.

PHILIPSBURG–Carnival lovers will have a very busy upcoming weekend with three pre-Carnival events beginning on Friday with the Unity Jump-Up anniversary edition. St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced on Tuesday that this jump-up is the longest road event in St. Maarten/St. Martin.

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The Unity Jump-Up will start in Galisbay on the French side at 8:00pm and proceed all the way over to St. Maarten Festival Village on the Dutch side. Six bands will accompany thousands of revellers on the trek. The route begins at Galisbay Carnival Village and follows Boulevard Dr. Hubert Petit, Rue de la Republique and Rue de Hollande to Bellevue.

At Bellevue the Carnival foundations of both sides will have a short ceremony at the border monument. The jump-up will then move on through Cole Bay via Union Road, over Cole Bay Hill (A.J.C. Brouwer Road), Bush Road, along the Pondfill and end at Festival Village.

That event is followed by a Kaiso/Road March/Karaoke Competition, held in collaboration with Captain’s Rib Shack Local Food and BBQ on Saturday, March 23. Anyone will be able to try their skills at singing well-known calypso and/or road march songs of the past. The event will be held at Captain’s Rib Shack at Kim Sha, starting at 8:00pm.

Persons who want to participate can fill in a registration form which can be obtained at the SCDF Office on Illidge Road, or at Captain’s Rib Shack. Persons can also email

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It will consist of two rounds. The first is on March 23 and the second on April 6, same location, same time. Three contestants will then move on to the finals which will be held as part of the NAGICO Senior Calypso Finals in Carnival Village on April 22. The three singers will sing during the intermission of the Senior Calypso Finals as added entertainment for the night.

The final event of the weekend will be the SCDF Pageant Interview and Debate Competition hosted by Posh Productions. Contestants in the Teen, Senior, Mature and Posh GQ pageants will all be participating in this Interview and Debate Competition. Tickets for this event can be purchased at Van Dorp (both locations), Dollar Bazaar, Plush Boutique, Maleona’s, from the contestants and Posh Productions representatives.

The event will be held at Belair Community Centre on Sunday, March 24. Doors open at 3:00pm and show time is at 4:00pm.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/86150-long-route-unity-jump-up-kicks-off-busy-pre-carnival-weekend

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