Junior queen pageant kicks off carnival shows March 27

POSTED: 03/7/11 12:07 PM

St. Maarten – The junior queen pageant and Junior calypso and road march competition are the first carnival shows this year. Both events will be held on Sunday March 27 at the Celebration Palace on Bush Road. The shows begin at four o’clock.

Four girls, between the ages of 6 and 10, will compete in the junior pageant. Caelann Moore, Dashannique Pascal, Zaysha Sinclair and Joliyah Abram have been rehearsing for weeks in preparation for their big day. They will make five appearances, introduction/opening dance, talent, culture wear, Carnival costume and evening wear.

The junior queen contestants will share the stage with nine singers of the junior calypso and road march competition, the most competitors the show has had in a few years. Reigning junior calypso queen Erissa “Lady Upsetter” Cozier and reigning road march King Rickyshio Bertie will try to hold on to their crowns against determined competition.

“It is important that these juniors get public support. They work just as hard as anyone else in Carnival in preparing for their event,” President of the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Stuart Johnson said.

“Of course the foundation would like to see a great turnout on March 27, but the bigger picture here is sustaining the Junior shows. A big part of it has to do with support. If they don’t get the support, they get discouraged. Their parents are doing a terrific job now we hope that the public will reward all the hard work by simply showing up to support these children,” Johnson said.

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