PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - There will be three bands and one DJ on the road for the annual Causeway Jump-Up this Saturday, the first official event of the 2017 Carnival season. The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) said it is “excited to finally put months of preparation into action and host St. Maarten’s 48th annual Carnival festivities.”
The Traffic Department of the Police Force of St. Maarten conducted inspection of the four trucks and trailers this past Saturday, with all passing the inspections. Truck operators now have until Wednesday, March 15 to present all relevant vehicle documents and drivers licenses to the Traffic Department. Each truck is required to have two licensed drivers.
The Traffic Department has already issued a full inspection schedule for all road events for the carnival season. The SCDF in turn has distributed this schedule to all sponsors, troupe leaders ect. Who tend to have a presence on the road annually.
The three bands and one DJ expected on the road on Saturday, March 18 are DJ Mixmaster Pauly, TG Band, Xplosio Band and the reigning Band of the Year No Limit Band. The route of the Causeway Jump-Up is slightly different this year.
It begins at Kim Sha Beach at 8:00pm. Makes its way over the Simpson Bay bridge, down the Simpson Bay stretch, over the Causeway, up Union Road until it arrives at the Kruthoff round about. It will then proceed over Cole Bay Hill and end in the vicinity of Le Gran Marche.
“This is our first event. It has become almost traditional that the Causeway Jump-Up opnes the Carnival season. We look forward to clean fun and a good time. Any trouble makers will be dealt with severely by law enforcement so we urge everyone to just have a great time. There is plenty in store for carnival 2017 and we’re excited to get the first one underway,” the SCDF said.