Revellers in lighted gear party in Golden Rock Village on their way to Carnival City.
Junior Carnival Queen Cathryn Sanchez and Government Commissioner Marcolino “Mike” Franco hold the key to Carnival City. They are flanked by St. Eustatius Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation members.
ST. EUSTATIUS–A large crowd turned out for the 54th annual Statia Carnival which opened on Tuesday night with the T-Shirt Madness Jump-up.
The parade started at the Mall in Chapel Piece and ended at Mike van Putten Youth Centre christened Carnival City in Concordia.
The Jamm Boyzz Band entertained the crowd throughout the parade. Many persons donned lighted and sparkly material for the jump-up. The Korps Police Caribbean Netherlands escorted the parade via the route to provide safety to everyone taking part in the parade.
Upon arrival at the Carnival City, Government Commissioner Marcolino “Mike” Franco accepted the symbolic key from Junior Carnival Queen Cathryn Sanchez to Carnival City.
The Rebels Band HD played in Carnival City after the opening and until curfew time.
Carnival continues today, Thursday, with Battle of the Future international competition starting at 8:30pm in Carnival City. Young competitors from around the Caribbean will compete against each other.
On Friday, Power Soca SSS Edition will take place at Carnival City at 9:00pm. Performers from St. Eustatius are Face, 2Stroke, Mr. Spice, T-Time, King Trini, Big Shen and Showtime HD. From St. Maarten, the performers are Ebony Empress, Da Lion, and King Kembe. The lone performer from Saba is Daddy Slim.
Concordia Street is a one-way for the carnival season to avoid congestion – drivers are only allowed to go up the street.
The St. Eustatius Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation (STACH) is the host of Statia Carnival 2018.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/78760-statia-carnival-opens-with-very-big-crowd