PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) has shifted the Junior Carnival Parade from April 9 to April 8 and will celebrate a full day of Carnival activities on that day.
There was some concern with the Junior Parade being held on Palm Sunday, so the foundation decided to combine the event with the Band Clash and Roadmarch Competition.
The SCDF explained that the Junior Parade will kick-off at 2pm from the Jose Lake Ballpark and follow the same route it did in 2016. It will go down Bush Road, over the Prins Bernard Bridge and head straight up Pondfill to culminate at the parking lot across of Carnival Village.
When the parade is over, attention will then turn to the Band Clash and Roadmarch Competition which will be held on the Ring Road opposite of the Great Bay sports auditorium.
The foundation explained that when Easter falls late into April as is the case this year, there aren’t many weekends to schedule parades around, which is why the Junior Parade was schedule to be held before Carnival Village opens.
As a result of Easter falling on April 16, the Village opens on Easter Monday, April 17, leaving the SCDF with only two weekends, not the usual three, to work with.
“This happens every few years and we are forced to be very flexible with dates. We simply will not do anything during Holy Week. So we begin Carnival after Easter, whenever Easter falls,” the SCDF said.
“We overlooked Palm Sunday and so we are adjusting now. It only means a little more work for Carnival volunteers but we’ve never run from work. It will be a full day of Carnival. Just the way we like it anyway,” the foundation added.