The motorcade with the eight teenagers attracted hundreds of onlookers and who lined the route from the Patsy Allers Playing Field to Church Street via Central Street, Liverpool Row, the Bay Road, New Town Bay Road, Wellington Road, Cayon Street, West Independence Square Bank Street, Fort Street and Cayon Street.
The contestants, 19-year-old Performing Arts Teacher at the Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Davina Doras-Cranstoun, representing Constituency One (East Basseterre); 18-year-old Gillard’s Gas Station attendant, Nakita James, representing Constituency 2 (Central Basseterre); 15-year-old Washington Archibald High School student, Crystal Boyles, representing Constituency #3 (West Basseterre); 16-year-old Verchilds High School student, Zaiesha Joseph, representing Constituency #4; Constituency #5 (Sandy Point/Fig Tree) representative 17-year-old Chares E. Mills Secondary School student, Jackiema Flemming; Constituency # 6 (Newton Ground/Harris’) representative Vekeich Connor, a 14-year-old student at the Charles E. Mills Secondary School; 16-year-old Sheniqua Cannonier, a student at the Cayon High School representing Constituency # 7 (Ottley’s Lodge/Belle Vue) and Constituency # 8 (Ottley’s/St. Peter’s) representative 19-year-old Zarema Pemberton, a student at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC), paraded through Basseterre, led by the reigning Miss Labour Jannie Browne.
At Church Street, in front of the headquarters of the St. Kitts-Nevis Trades and Labour Union and the National Secretariat of the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party, Prime Minister Dr. Denzil L. Douglas met the teens and encouraged them to do their best at Saturday night’s performance which takes place from 8 ‘o’ clock at Carnival Village.
The girls representing each of the eight constituencies on St. Kitts, will make four appearances – promotional speech, creative wear, performing talent and evening wear, following the opening fanfare.
Mr. Fough said that a sideshow is being planned at which the main band will be The Grand Masters along with local artistes, Nicha B, Rolhensha, Jah Fire and C-Money.
The contestants were guests of honour at a cocktail party on Thursday night.
A public meeting in Central Basseterre, at the corner of Central Market Street and Central Street will be held on Sunday 1st May at 8 p.m. and the traditional Labour Day March on Monday 2nd May will be held.
(Major portions of this article were incorporated from a CUOPM press release)