SIMPSON BAY GETS MORE THAN RESPECT: Historic Jump Up across CausewayPOSTED: 04/3/14 4:17 PM
St. Maarten – The first event to mark the start of the 2014 Carnival festivities across the Causeway will go down in the history books of St Maarten. Apart from being the first Jump Up to pass through Simpson Bay, it’s also the first time that hundreds took the opportunity to make their presence felt on St. Maarten’s newest landmark.
After the 8 o’clock start at Kim Sha beach, President of the St Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) Michael Granger led the procession in a vehicle and behind were the teen and senior Miss Carnival contestants, all attired in tops bearing the logos of the proud sponsor, Motor World.
The trucks, which were loaded with musical instruments and personnel, brought up the rear and between each truck there were revelers in large numbers. From the manner in which they were behaving, it was clear that the festive spirit was already alive, the party started, and the tune ‘I Want a Rolly Polly’ by Mr. Killa is destined to be the hit of the Carnival on the road.
On arrival at the entrance of the Causeway, Granger took the opportunity to make a monetary contribution to the Simpson Bay Community Development Council. In doing so he thanked them for agreeing to allow the Jump Up to pass through the area and expressed the hope that the SCDF will be allowed to do so again.
For safety reasons, both lanes were used for easier mobility of the trucks and the Police officers who were out in huge numbers, and assisted by staff from Sheriff Security, did what was necessary to prevent the energized revelers from injuring themselves.
As was expected, the Jump Up gathered momentum and was increased in number as it progressed and by the time the leading truck arrived back at Kim Sha beach, it was shortly after midnight and it took considerable time for the traffic to return to normalcy after the last truck arrived.