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The History of Carnival in St Maarten

Prior to 1970 the Island Government installed a yearly committee to arrange and carry out activities to celebrate various holidays such as Queen's birthday, April 30th, St. Maarten's Day, November 11th and Kingdom Day, December 15th. For several years, on these dates parades of troupes and groups were organized along with talent shows

The committee was called The Oranje Committee and was made up of Government employees. The committee was usually headed by the chief of Public Work, the late Mr. Alexis (Lexy) Arnell, who was responsible for overseeing all the necessary preparations. Other members included, the late Stanley Smith, Leonie Wyatte, Camille Baly, Arnold Scott, Wally Havertong, Victor Curlingford and Joyce Jones just to name a few.

After seeing the growing interest of the public in the "Festivities" as they were then called, the Executive Council decided in 1970 to send both Mr. Arnell and Mr. Jocelyn Arndell to St. Thomas, on a fact-finding mission, to see how the St. Thomas Carnival was organized and obtain information which could help improve the local "Festivities".

After returning to St. Maarten the committee staged the "Festivities" on November 1tth. The festival site was next to Philipsburg Utilities present location. Later the "Festivities" were moved to the pondfill area where the Philipsburg Jubilee Library and the Sundial School are presently located.

The committee received a mere Fls. 1500, allotted from the Government budget, so many businesses donated generously to the "Festivities". GEBE supplied the electricity free of charge. With the cooperation of Mr. Allan Daniel from Curacao and Mr. Woody of Aruba, bands and troupes were brought to St. Maarten to stimulate participation in the "Festivities". ALM donated the tickets.

The "Festivities" lost their appeal when St. Maarten's Day activities were held on the French Side. So the Queen's birthday, April 30th, was finally chosen for the Carnival Grand Parade, because it followed the ending of St. Thomas carnival activities as well as coinciding with the end of the tourist season.

To stimulate the festival activities, bands from the neighboring islands such as "The big band" from Nevis were invited to participate.







The "Festivities" were then moved to the area on pondfill presently known as the "Carnival Village". The calypso shows were different then. Calypsonians had to sing three sections, a song of their own composition, one from another calypsonian and one extempo (a calypso improvised on the spot).

After experiencing financial difficulties in 1983, it was doubtful weather Carnival would be celebrated the following year. The then president, Karl (Tall boy) Arndell, contacted Keith Franca, then of the Kiwanis Club and Anselmo Scantlebery, then of the Jaycees Club for assistance, and the Task Force was born. The group consisted of Michael Deher, Frank Lake and Keith Franca of the Kiwanis Club, Celeste Beauperthuy of the Lions Club, Anselmo Scantlebery, Daniel Brown, Jenny Peters, Sandra Marlin of the Jaycees, Ruby Daniel, Gloria Mitchell, Al Wathey, Raoul Ilidge, Roy Boasman and Lucien Arnell.

The task force was initially formed to save Carnival in 1984, however they were asked to stay on in 1985 to help coordinate the 15th anniversary celebrations. In 1986 the Task Force disbanded and Carnival was organized from then until 1989 by the St. Maarten Cultural and Festival Committee. In 1990, the then Commissioner of Culture, Valerie Gitterson-Pantophlet requested the former Task-force members to return to organize the Carnival celebrations. This group then became what is known today as the St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation

Source of article: St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation 30th anniversary commemorative magazine.
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2009 Carnival Schedule
Monday, April 20, 2009
Booth Holders / Cultural Night
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Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Senior Soca Competition
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Youth Extravaganza
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St Maarten - St Martin


St. Maarten / St. Martin is one of the most unique destinations in the caribbean for many different reasons. The first and most notable being that it's a dual nation. That's right DUAL. St. Maarten is both French and Dutch with it's mother countries being France and Holland respectively. This amazing destination is home to over 80 different nations with immigrants from East, West and even North and South. Even with a mixed population it's one of the most friendly islands in the caribbean.

St. Maarten attracts different people for different reasons, from those wishing to relocate for hope of a better life, to those vacationing and then of course you have the wise guys which are those taking advantage of the many attractive investment opportunities that this unique rock has to offer.

But before most travellers jump on a plane they first do their research which is probably what brought you to this site. Well guess what you've come to the right place. This is the most complete information site making sure that all readers are absolutely informed on everything that St. Maarten has to offer. So whether your plans are relocating, vacationing or investing this is the right blog for you. Here you'll get a sneak preview of what makes this place such an exciting destination, from parties to beaches, restaurants, casinos, real estate, beautiful weather and even the amazing Princess Juliana International Airport with 747s landing right above the head of those sunbathing on Maho Beach. Read and enjoy and be sure to post all your questions and comments.

Facts about St Maarten/St Martin


St. Maarten is the smallest Island in the world to be shared by two sovereign governments-namely the Dutch and French. The Dutch side, with Philipsburg as its capital occupies the southern 17 square miles of this 37-square-mile island; St. Martin, a French dependency, occupies the northern half. The dual nationality adds variety to this most unique of island gems in the Caribbean Sea. Both Dutch St. Maarten and French St. Martin have maintained a peaceful coexistence for over 350 years, the longest of any two bordering nations. The two territories have enjoyed harmonious relations through their history and have shared the prosperity of many years without dispute. The Treaty of Concordia executed on March 23rd 1648 established this coexistence and has the unique distinction of being the oldest Treaty still in force today.

As part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Dutch St. Maarten has been both politically and economically stable. The territory is not only a safe and pleasant place to do business, but also to establish roots and raise a family. The total population has grown from 13,156 in 1980 to nearly 39,000 in year 2000. It is estimated that the population of St. Maarten consists of 77 different nationalities. The native languages are English and Dutch.
Important Facts

Location/Size
The island is in the Caribbean Sea, 18.02 latitude and 63.07 longitude, 150 miles southeast of Puerto Rico. it covers 37 square miles, with Dutch St. Maarten on the South spanning 16 square miles and French Saint Martin on the North covering 21. The island is the smallest landmass to be shared by two separate governments. Capitals - Philipsburg on Great Bay is the capital of St. Maarten. Marigot is the capital of Saint Martin.

Nationalities
As a part of the Netherlands Antilles and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, St. Maarten boasts 140 different nationalities. Saint Martin is a commune of Guadeloupe, an overseas territory of France.

Languages
English is spoken everywhere, but Dutch is the official language of St.Maarten, and French the official language of Saint Martin. On the Dutch side, you can also hear Spanish, Papiamentu, Italian, Hindi, Chinese, and other languages. On the French side, Creole Patois is also spoken.

Population
41,000 people live on St.Maarten and 36,000 on Saint Martin.

Climate
Sunny and warm year-round, with some cooling from trade winds. Average temperature during the winter season is 80F (27C) and a few degrees warmer anymore humid in the summer. Occasional showers in late summer and early fall, with average annual rainfall of 45 inches.

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