Momo burnt Wednesday at Midnight closing Carnival 2012

PHILIPSBURG - The island of St. Maarten experienced heavy showers on Wednesday afternoon that threatened the success of the islands final jump-up for Carnival 2012.

However the rain eased up during the early evening, paving the way for what is now being looked at as another superb closing event for the island's premier cultural festival and the burning of King Momo which took place at the stroke of midnight Wednesday. 

The burning of the Momo sadly brought the curtains down on a special Carnival event which was not only dominated by the bacchanal in the Carnival but also the best of political intrigue. 

The police force of St. Maarten and the office of the Public Prosecutor was also pleased with the reduced criminal activities that took place this year. 

The community of St. Maarten should be commended for this, Chief Prosecutor Hans Mos told SXMIslandtime on Wednesday night. 

The only disturbing event on Wednesday evening took place outside the Carnival activities when the Peking Supermarket was robbed at gun-point just after the final jump-up had started in Madame Estate. 

All in all, Carnival 2012 was a resounding success and according to the SCDF, the organising body for Carnival on St. Maarten, the preparations for Carnival 2013 have begun.

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