For some, St. Maarten Carnival ended on a winning notePOSTED: 05/6/16 8:41 PM
Hundreds tramp behind the truck carrying the No Limit band during the final stages of the last lap. Photo Today / Milton Pieters
St. Maarten News – As the flames died around King Momo to signal the end of what turned out to be an entertaining Carnival season, it brought a breath of fresh air into the lives of a few lucky persons courtesy of TelCell, the official sponsors.
The event that preceded the awards ceremony was the final opportunity for the revelers by the thousands to let off steam during the jump up which started in Cay Hill. While it could not be ascertained if there were any arrests for misconduct during the jump up, the body language of the participants indicated that there was never a dull moment while jamming behind the three big trucks.
The requirement to win was easy, all the Telcell subscribers had to do was to send SMS messages throughout the entire Carnival season. The winner turned out to be Janecio Raymon.
“I am shocked, but I declared it at home that I was going to win this car, the one we have has to be shared with my husband and myself now we have two cars,” said the newly wed bride. According to Raymon, she sent over 2000 messages and her efforts paid off in full now that she is the owner of a Mazda 2 Sedan.
Another lucky winner of the night was Liska Busby, the proud winner of a 4K Smart LED Flat Screen HD 55 inch TV. “Right now, I don’t have a TV in the house of this size so this will definitely replace the 32-inch one. This is going to be very interesting for my family of three. But I was hoping to win the car and I was pushing for it, but I am very pleased with this,” Busby said.
Four other lucky persons went home with something to smile about also and those prizes included a Samsung Galaxy S6 complete with package, an iPhone 6S, an iPhone 6S+ and iPad Pro.
The Sexy Cats a group of 20 were declared as the winners for the Jouvert Morning Jam competition. According to Michael Granger, the Director of the St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation, SCDF, among the criteria was the ability for the participating groups to stay together, choreography and more importantly attire.
The Band of the Year award went to the No Limit Band; Leroy Illis finally made up for what he did not accomplish in the sound clash that took place a few weeks ago. Before leaving the stage, Granger took the opportunity to thank the SCDF volunteers for their support and encouraged those in the Festival Village to support the various booth holders.