PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - Wednesday night saw the culmination of two weeks of Carnival festivities with the closing jump up and the burning of King Momo signaling the end to this year’s celebrations.
There were some three bands and two DJs on the road for the jump up, which attracted scores of revelers as they enjoyed the final moment of carnival 2017. There were hundreds of onlookers as well.
However, in the Festival Village for Carnival’s final moment, the burning of King Moo-Moo which took place at around 12 mid night saw many persons gathered to take a glimpse, as they say good bye to Carnival 2017.
At the conclusion of the festival on Wednesday night, the main sponsor of Carnival, TelCell also presented the many persons who participated in this year’s TelCell promotion “TelCell is Carnival” with their prizes.
The top prize went to Vibert Richards, who won the 2017 Hyundai i20. Other winners were Cuilian Feng, Rolex Cheng, Kyra Richinsin, Jeanine Davoren, Edmund Horsford and Xavier Nicholas.
The winners were announced by the Chief Executive Officer of TelEm, Kendall Dupersoy.
President of the ST. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, Alston Lourens noted that the 2017 Carnival season ended on a very high noted and that plans are already in the making for next year.
He also told us that the XP Band emerged the winners of the band of the year category. Prior to this, the band also won the band clash segment for this year as well.
Meanwhile, speaking at the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday, Prime Minister with the responsibility for General Affairs, the Honorable William Marlin congratulated the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation for hosting another successful event.
The Prime Minister is also happy with the participation of the youth in especially the Grand Parade.
“For the first time in so many years, we have seen a lot of young people in the troops. We have seen a lot of young people in the Jouvert, we have seen a lot of young people in the Jump Ups leading up to the Carnival, but this year, we have also seen quite some young people taking part in Carnival, which means that it is a step in the right direction,” Prime Minister Marlin remarked.