SCDF opens Carnival 2020 registration starting now | THE DAILY HERALD

Revellers in Carnival Village earlier this year.

PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced on Monday that registration for Carnival 2020 will open starting today, Tuesday.

SCDF is opening registration much earlier than usual after receiving numerous requests about various Carnival aspects and considering that more time is needed to put some initiatives in place.

SCDF had already allotted its international nights slots to independent promoters in June. As is now customary, registration can to be done via Carnival’s website

Registration is open for season passes, booths, troupes/parades, bands, and calypso- and road march competitions. All other inquiries can be made by emailing Registration will close on November 1.

The opening of registration signals the start of the 2020 Carnival season for SCDF after a short break. SCDF President Alston Lourens said the board is still “extremely busy” since the end of Carnival 50, closing pending matters and working with stakeholders.

“We are literally continuously busy with Carnival year-round, the only stoppage being a self-imposed break that our volunteer members need for their families. Moving forward after Carnival 50, we have several things to build on, several things to address and fix, short- and long-term contractual business relationships and more. So, it was imperative to us that we get an early start,” Lourens said.

He added that SCDF has already been invited to meet with the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) about Carnival 2020 and will also meet with French tourism authorities in the coming weeks.

“STB had indicated since last Carnival that it wanted to start discussing Carnival early, so we are looking forward to that because ‘early’ is how we like to operate,” Lourens said. “Most importantly, we want to get the shows and activities underway by getting registrations in from now. Early preparation allows proper planning and timely changes, if any. People are excited for Carnival and we are eager to get going again.”

Source: The Daily Herald