Survivor’s winner best troupe, baby rebels wins best float

POSTED: 04/22/13 12:25 PM
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The ‘Survivors’ by Jasmine Philips make their way along the final stretch of road on the Pond Fill before entering the Festival Village after creating a lasting impression on the judges who were strategically positioned along the route.

St. Maarten – Many sleepless nights paid off in the end for Jasmine Philips whose 140 strong group of ‘Survivors’ emerged as the winner in the troupe category, but it was the Flamboyant Tree’ from Baby Rebels #2 that clinched the best float title at the conclusion of the junior parade which took center stage yesterday.

Sally Benjamin and Natasha Lake of the Baby Rebels Foundation pulled out all the stops under the theme ‘Tis We Own Flower’ in the individual category by making a clean sweep with the’ Flamboyant Tree’ #4 the best float, the ‘Hibiscus Flower’ #5 and to put the icing on the cake, ‘The Coralita Wild Vines.’ The Baby Rebels #2 also finished in the 1st runner spot in the troupe category followed by ‘Under the Flamboyant Tree #3.

Compared to the junior parade of 2012, the level of creativity, themes and concepts have improved tremendously and the designers, troupe leaders along with their assistants and participants must be commended for their level of commitment and effort.

The overall performances have prompted the St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation to issue a statement. “We are very pleased with the time and effort the troupe leaders and parents put into preparing for the Junior Carnival Parade 2013. We are thankful for the youngsters that took part and hope that the public enjoyed the spectacle of colors and focus on our national flowers and trees and very important marine sector. Congratulations to all the winners and all stakeholders and sponsors that took part.”

The youngsters have already shown those who had an opportunity to see them tramp along the route what they have to offer. It is expected that the next parade which will involve adults on April 30 will see a much higher level of floats, troupes and individual pieces.

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