Carnival 2017 registration opens, process fully online

POSTED: 09/7/16 9:55 AM

ST.MAARTEN – The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) opened registration for Carnival 2017, a process that will take place fully online. This is the latest preparatory phase as the foundation is getting ready to host St. Maarten’s 48th Carnival festivities.

Since the close of Carnival 2016, the foundation has had a very active “offseason” with the election of a new president in the person of Alston Lourens, appointing new board members to the foundation, the outsourcing of its Calypso competition to Fernando Clark, the formulation of the 2017 schedule which will soon be released and dealing with several other operational matters.

Carnival registration remains open until November 1.

Registration forms for all things Carnival can be found at Lourens explained that only registrations obtained through the online process will be considered valid. “In the past we often received registrations via means that were a challenge to control. Most of the business of Carnival now is done digitally. It was a natural progression for us to move the registration process online. The less paper, the better,” Lourens said.

Registration for season passes is also open and payment for the pass can begin as early as October 1 instead of December 1. “With requests from many Carnival lovers to open it earlier, it was something we thought could only help as we are essentially giving the public seven months to pay for the season pass,” Lourens said.

All dates for the 2017 Carnival schedule are set and ready for release. “The Carnival schedule is not easy to put together. You have to consider so many stakeholders, Easter holidays, school holidays, government input ect. It takes about a month or more to finalize a schedule. We have reached that point and we are excited about what the season will offer,” Lourens said.

“We knew that we had to change and implement new things for Carnival 2016 and we knew there would be resistance. But in the end, the changes were for the better and the operational structure of Carnival is better because of these changes. Is it perfect? No. The challenge of financing remains, but we still manage to host one of the best Carnivals in the entire Caribbean,” Lourens said.

Carnival’s new email address is info. The old email address sxmcarnival has been discontinued.

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