Carnival 2009-2010, launched with a bang

The event would not have been complete without the performances made by the local folklore, Mummies, Masqueraders, Mokko Jumbies, and the Clowns.

Patrons were also given a foretaste of the National Carnival Queen Show as well as the Miss Talented Teen Show when special appearances were made by the contestants.

There was also a ‘Five Aside’ Steel Pan competition with two bands doing battle; ‘Coropastics 5’, and ‘Sparks’.

The ‘Coropastics 5’, emerged as winners of the competition while ‘Sparks’ emerged as the runner-ups.

Musical accompaniments was provided by the Legends Band.

Executive Director of the Festivals and National Carnival, Mr. Alister Williams remarked, ‘we are very pleased with the level of preparations to date.”

He added that St.Kitts-Nevis National Carnival is unique to any other Carnival in the world since it combines the Christmas season with celebration of our culture.

“This,” he said, “would be a very fitting way to finish 2009; a way to release all stress of the hassles of financial challenges faced this year.”

Williams continued, “it has been great so far because we have received many positive reviews and feedback from patrons, so I am very excited about this year’s Carnival.”

He added that there are great performances to be witnessed each night of the festival which climaxes on January 1st, New Year’s Day with the grand parade of troupes and Last Lap on January 2nd.

Mr. Williams encourages the general public to come out in their numbers and support the events.

He concluded his interview with this paper by expressing thanks to LIME, Petro Caribe, the Embassy of Venzuela, the St.Kitts-Nevis National Bank, and all the media houses for the tremendous support and sponsorship for this Carnival, even though the year has been a challenging one for all.

Public Relations Officer of the National Carnival Committee, Mr. Clement ‘Monarch’ O’Garro stated that he was overwhelmed with the crowd support at last Friday’s official launch.

“I think that people will be excited by the Carnival this year and the shows that we have are of very good quality,” he remarked.

“We want people to enjoy themselves fully and release all their stress in having good clean fun here in St.Kitts with us,” emphasized the PRO.

Mr. O’Garro invites the general public to come on out and have the time of their lives celebrating Carnival 2009-2010 without end.

Highlights of this year’s festival include Jouvert Morning on Boxing Day, December 26th, where local soca bands will take to the streets in Basseterre, vying for the 2009-2010 Road March Title with myriads of their fans. Later on that day, Masqueraders and other folklore characters take over the streets of Basseterre with spectacular performances.

On Sunday 27th December the Female Calypso Bacchanal and Best of the Rest Show takes place at Carnival Village, Warner Park Basseterre; Monday 28th December will see the National Carnival Queen Pageant, showcasing the talents of the six breath-taking contestants.

The night of Tuesday 29th December has been set for the staging of the National Calypso Monarch Finals.

Wednesday 30th December, the folklore groups will take over the streets and Fort Street, dubbed Folklore Avenue will be the hub of activities during the day.

Carnival Village comes alive in the evening with the staging of the Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant, which was sponsored by Digicel. This year marks the 30th anniversary for the Haynes Smith Youth Club and the hosting of the pageant.

Old Year’s Day, Thursday 31st December, features has been reserved as usual for; the Children’s Carnival Parade.

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