PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten - The Festival Village officially opened last night signaling the start of the 2017 carnival festivities.
However, prior to the opening of the village, scores of revelers, mostly youngsters accompanied by four bands took part in the regular jump up leading up to the start of one the island’s largest and most popular events.
The jump up started from MPC at 8 pm and bands on the road for the event were the XP Band, Official Band, TG Band and No Limit Band.
There two DJs taking part in the event as well.
It is estimated that carnival 2017 is expected to attract thousands of visitors coming from throughout the world for the island’s premier cultural event.