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This year’s Grand Parade promises to be one of the biggest ever in St. Maarten’s 37 years of Carnival with nine local troupes jamming to the music provided by some twelve local and international bands on Sunday, April 30.
The nine troupes will consist of about 32 individual costumes and two floats. St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced Friday that several bands from Curaçao, Aruba and other islands had requested and been granted permission to participate in the Grand Parade.
Some troupes have not yet confirmed their participation. However, SCDF said the King and Queen of Curaçao’s Carnival would be part of the parade and a troupe from St. Kitts/Nevis would also participate.
The nine local St. Maarten troupes are Bacchanal Production, Survivors Carnival Troupe, Road Warriors, Dis Is Carnival, Sun of the Caribbean, Colour Fantasy, Mental Institution, Rio Productions and Senior Citizens Recreational Foundation.
Each will be judged in the areas of visual impact, cultural value, originality, punctuality, use of local music, creativity, craftsmanship, performance, discipline and presentation.
SOURCE:The Daily Herald St.Maarten