Fete to Fitness sets tone for Carnival 2012

POSTED: 04/2/12 3:50 PM

Reigning Miss St. Martin Trumane Trotman (center) poses with the contestants in the Teen Pageant and Miss St. Maarten Pageant during the Fete to Fitness Jump-up. (Milton Pieters photo)

St. Maarten – Unlike the Unity Jump up which saw revelers walking behind the big trucks from St. James on the French side to Philipsburg, the fete to fitness jump up which took place last Saturday was by far shorter, but what it did was to set the tone for the remaining on road activities on the 2012 Carnival schedule.
There was an excess of police presence for the jump up which started in the vicinity of the Sundial school and progressed along the Pondfill before turning by the old Vandorp building and onto Front Street via Paper Garden.
As the jump up progressed, more revelers joined from the intersecting streets and there was hardly place for people to stand as the procession passed. Those witnessing the jump up were afforded an opportunity to see the teen, senior and mature contestants that will be vying for the crown in their respective categories.
Police report that three young men who caused “minor disruptions” had to be removed from the event. They sat out the jump-up in the police cells and were released once it was over.
Police Spokesman Ricardo Henson reports that the event started and ended on time and that there were very few gaps. He also states that a major concern for the police is the high number of unsupervised young children that attend jump-ups.
“Parents should really look into this matter,” Henson said.
More generally he said, “We thank the members of the community for conducting themselves very well and we hope to continue expanding or relationship with the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation.”

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