PJD2 and Carnival Foundation re-introduce Caribbean Queen Pageant

POSTED: 08/8/13 2:14 PM
Senior Carnival Queen 2013 Davinia Brooks with Director and Owner of PJD2 Don Hughes. Brooks will represent St. Maarten in the PJD2 Caribbean Queen Pageant for Carnival 2014.

St. Maarten – In the first major announcement for Carnival 2014, the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) and The Voice of St. Maarten PJD2 radio announced on Wednesday a partnership that will bring back the PJD2 Caribbean Queen Pageant to the annual Carnival schedule. St. Maarten Carnival will be celebrating 45 years of mas in 2014.

Featuring national contestants from across the Caribbean and after a few years absence from the Carnival scene, SCDF and PJD2 aims to re-establish the event as one of the premier Caribbean pageants that it once was. St. Maarten already has its representative in the person of Senior Carnival Queen and Miss St. Maarten Davinia Brooks.

Re-introducing the pageant on the Carnival schedule has been a popular call of Carnival lovers for a number of years. President of the SCDF Mike Granger explained that the PJD2 Caribbean Queen Pageant has a rich history in Carnival and in fact, he said, there was once a time when the entire scheduled was structured around this one event. “There are very few events that truly depict the multi-cultural makeup of St. Maarten. Carnival as we know do that in general, but the PJD2 Caribbean Pageant and its history and ability to pull so many nationalities to Carnival Village to back the various representatives from the different islands, simply stands out,” Granger said.

“The majority of Carnival tourism is Caribbean tourism. We expect this will only increase since traditionally people from the other islands fly to St. Maarten to back their candidate. They will descend on the Village with their country flags, creating quite a site and good fun. Not to be outdone, St. Maarten has always supported its representative in force and we have a great representative in Davinia,” Granger said.

He added that discussions with Director and Owner of PJD2 Don Hughes were very smooth with parties agreeing on a structure that should ensure sustainability. Hughes, Granger said, was adamant that if the pageant is to be re-introduced, it should be supported fully by both organizations in order to once again become a valuable mainstay of Carnival.

As for the Senior Queen, she said the thought of participating in a pageant she has heard so much about is an exciting one. “And the opportunity to represent St. Maarten in front of the home crowd is something I am very proud about. As my country’s representative I look forward to welcoming the queens from other islands to the Friendly Island. For me it is not only about participating, but ensuring that our guests have a wonderful experience on sweet St. Maarten,” she said.

The PJD2 pageant is one of three upcoming in which Brooks will be representing St. Maarten. More information about the pageant will be released soon.




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