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The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) will be taking Carnival lovers through Philipsburg tomorrow, Saturday, for "a warm-up, jump-up session". The Fete to Fitness Around Town Jump-Up, to begin at 8:00pm, will serve to "further get revelers in shape for Carnival," President of the SCDF Stuart Johnson said.
Starting point for the jump-up is at the Festival Village at 8:00pm. It will then turn right and make its way down the Walter Nisbeth Road (Pondfill). When it gets to the Prins Bernard Bridge intersection (Today newspaper) it will turn left onto Longwall Road (Sports Auditorium road), pass Vlaun and Sons, travel Cannegieter Street until it gets to the Windward Islands Bank, take a left to head past the Police Station then end at the Festival Village.
"This is our second warm-up for the Carnival season. We want to get all carnival lovers in shape. The Unity Jump-Up was longer than this one will be, but it will still be a sweet jam. We are looking forward to the people who live in Philipsburg to come out and join everyone as we will be coming through their district," Johnson said.
Johnson also explained that interested bands that were not part of the Unity Jump-Up last week, must get their trucks and trailers inspected. The four bands that were part of the Unity will only go through spot checks at the starting point. The SCDF expects to have 4M Band, Official Band, No Limit Band and a DJ Truck on the road for the Fete to Fitness Around Town Jump-Up.
In related news, the SCDF also would like inform all Carnival stakeholders that for this Saturday only, the foundation will be operating out of its temporary offices located at the rear of the Government Administration Building.
The SCDF usually occupies an office in the Festival Village every Saturday, but because of the Lions Fair this Saturday, will be operating out of the two 20-foot containers at the rear of the government building. Foundation members will be there from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Saturday.