Pond Island, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten – On Tuesday, May 7th, many of the island’s revelers took the opportunity to participate in the 2019 last lap jump up, as the curtains came down on carnival’s 50th anniversary.
The jump up which started at approximately 8 pm from St. Peters with the participation of 4 bands and a DJ entered the Festival Village at around 11 pm, where many persons had already gathered for the closing and prize giving ceremony.
The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation in collaboration with Motor World also held the drawing of the car raffle, which was won by Jacqueline Violenus. One of the prizes also presented Tuesday night was the Band of the Year award, which went to Official Band.
On Monday, April 29th, Official Band also captured the Band Clash award as well. Following the ceremony at approximately 12:03 am, King Momo was set ablaze, an indication that the 2019 carnival 50th anniversary officially came to an end.
Meanwhile, speaking at the closing ceremony on Tuesday, the Minister with the responsible for TEATT, the Honorable Stuart Johnson reaffirmed government’s financial commitment towards the island’s premier cultural event. The Minister, who is a former president of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, also congratulated SCDF for what he said was a successful 50th anniversary.
At end, president of SCDF, Alston Lourens said a big thank you to everyone who contributed to realizing a successful 50th anniversary of carnival.