Organization expects over 10,000 people at Jouvert

POSTED: 04/28/11 11:57 AM

St. Maarten – More than ten bands and various creative get-ups are expected on the road for Jouvert Morning tomorrow. More than 10,000 people attended last year’s jump-up and that number is expected to grow this year with the inclusion of the Small Axe Band from St. Kitts and Anguilla’s Pantha Vibes.

SCDF President Stuart Johnson said jouvert is a major attraction for visitors in the region.

“We have a spectacular product here led by our local bands, our local stars. There are certain groups that have opted to have jouvert troupes with invited foreign bands, but as much as we welcome them, our local bands still lead the way in keeping our Carnival and our jouvert as one of the best in the region,” Johnson said.

Complimenting the bands are revelers who have decided to turn jouvert into a moving costume party. “Revelers tend to come out in all sorts of costumes for jouvert to add more fun and a different atmosphere to the event. Revelers have to understand however, that law enforcement will sometimes removes masks and other garments that might block a person’s face. But we have always had good cooperation and in good fun so we expect the same,” Johnson said.

Jouvert Morning Jump Up starts at 4:00 a.m. from the Festival Village. The route takes the jump-up through Sucker Garden and proceeds around the Great Salt Pond.

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