Friday 27th July, 2018 –It was a late start, but the opening parade signaling the commencement of Antigua and Barbuda’s carnival 2018 winded its way through the streets of the city this afternoon before culminating at Carnival City.
The parade, which began from the House of Culture, was made up of floats and participants who will compete in the various competitions that make up the carnival festivities.
This is the first Carnival for Minister Daryl Matthew, who has responsibility for Festivals, Culture, Carnival and the Arts. He explains that the aim this year is to ensure carnival 2018 is a success.
The first competition on the schedule for Antigua’s Carnival 2018 is the ECAB Junior Party Monarch Competition. 19 participants will compete in the groovy and jumpy categories.
On Saturday, the much anticipated Tee-Shirt Mas will take over St. John’s.
Commencing at 3 p.m, the parade will begin on Parliament Drive, move unto Queen Elizabeth Highway, right on Independence Drive, left on Redcliffe Street, right on Thames Street,, right on High Street and left on Independence Drive into Carnival City.
On Sunday, the 57th Annual Jaycees Queen Show will be held. Seven delegates will compete for the title in a show dubbed “Embracing Gender Parity with Grace and Beauty.”
The show will begin at 7pm at Carnival City.
Prime Minister Gaston Browne has encouraged contestants in the JCI Antigua Queen Competition to be true ambassadors of the region and to represent their country well.
The contestants on Thursday made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Browne at his office on Queen Elizabeth Highway in St. John’s.
The country’s leader told the contestants that the show, in its 57th Year should not only be a beauty pageant, but should be a platform for the young ladies to represent their countries well and to showcase the talent, beauty and intelligence of peoples of the Caribbean. He said that in order for Caribbean peoples to progress there must be a oneness and the JCI Queen Show is a perfect platform for them to utilize to make Caribbean people one.