St. Maarten Jr. Carnival Queen calls on girls to register

POSTED: 01/24/12 1:42 PM
Reigning Junior Carnival Queen Zaysha Sinclair.

St. Maarten – Reigning Junior Carnival Queen Zaysha Sinclair is encouraging the parents of little girls between the ages of 7 to 12 years to register to take part in the pageant for St. Maarten Carnival 2012. The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has closed registration for all shows and competitions for Carnival 2012 except the Junior Pageant. The foundation has extended the registration for this pageant until the end of January.
Zaysha, who describes her reign and her experience as “wonderful”, said she hopes to see more girls her age register to have fun.
“I had a lot of fun when I was going up. You are treated nice, you do fun things, you meet new friends, and you get to be in the parade. It’s is all very exciting. I think parents should sign up their children because Carnival is our culture and it’s good to be a part of that,” Sinclair said.
Interested parents can email the SCDF at sxmcarnival@hotmail.com or call 5225133 or 5220509 to register their child. The Jr. Carnival Queen wins US $1,000 in cash, a computer and other prizes.
“We hope to get more contestants for this pageant which was a terrific success last year. The girls are taken on outings around the island, treated to the movies etc and do so many more things,” President of the SCDF Stuart Johnson said.
In the meantime, Johnson added, the SCDF is very satisfied with the registration of all other areas of Carnival.
“We are looking good. The other local shows have a good number of registrants, all Carnival booths are out, so we are happy with that. We will be introducing the contestants for all our shows next week and then it’s all full steam ahead to Carnival, to two weeks of fete,” he said.

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