Twelve junior and ten senior troupes – Richards: This Carnival will be better than the last one

POSTED: 01/22/13 12:35 PM

St. Maarten – Since returning to the presidency of the Festivités Carnavalesque de St. Martin (FCDSM) in 2012, Philippe Richardson was instrumental in adding the midas touch to the celebrations on the French side and one year after, he said that this one will be better than last one.

The tempo certainly reached another level during the third pre-Carnival jump up which took place yesterday from the Alberic Richards Stadium in Sandy Ground and ended in the heart of Marigot.

Unlike the first two weeks when only one truck provided music for the energized revelers, this time they  had the option to select from three and that list included Rohie Ryddim, Strike Up Band and the Power Band.

The troupes involved in the procession were ASC Locomotiv, Hot N Spicy along with the five young ladies that will be competing in the Miss Pitchounette and those that will be competing in the Miss Elegant Plus Size Pageant.

These events certainly set the tone for this year’s events which will open officially on Sunday February 3 following the children’s parade. The FCDSM President took some time to point out how things are shaping up.

“So far things are looking pretty ok, the booth holders are busy working on their respective booths and the Carnival village will be ready for February 3,” Richards said. However, Richards admitted that it can be hard for some of the booth holders due to the fact valium online to buy that the Christmas season has just concluded.

“It’s not our choice to hold our celebrations at this time of the year, that is the way it has been on our calendar for years. But the general public will be able to experience a better Carnival than they had last year,” he noted.

The Carnival village is situated where the skating rink was in Galisbay and Richards would like to make that a permanent spot. “We are in negotiations with the government to see if we can make that spot our official Carnival village,” he added.

With regards to corporate sponsorship, Richards is not satisfied with the responses. “To be honest, the business community has not stepped up to the plate. If they don’t want to put money in our hands, just call the FCDSM, indicate that they are willing to pay a bill and we will arrange for that bill to be paid direct.”

According to Richards, the FCDSM will always remain transparent and at the conclusion of the festivities, persons can feel free to look at the books. However, he indicated that the members of the Indian Merchants Association on that side of the island will be very much involved again this year and more schools are involved in addition to new troupe leaders. “We have 98 different nationalities on the island and if everyone can come together, we can make Carnival marvelous,” he said.

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