The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) President Stuart Johnson and the reigning Miss Sint. Maarten Carnival Queen 2011 Trumane Trotman went to Anguilla on Friday afternoon.
Johnson led the delegation which was invited for the unveiling of the Anguilla Festival 2011 Carnival schedule.
Johnson and Trotman were invited by Vanier Harrigan Chairman of the Anguilla Festival Committee. Also comprising the delegation was Lavinia Marsham as chaperon of our reigning Carnival queen. The working visit to Anguilla also meant it was the first official trip for Trotman as she continues to prepare for regional pageants.
The lineup of activities at the block party afterward included speeches by general government officials of Anguilla as well as performances by several local bands. Johnson also addressed the large crowd bringing words of congratulations to a successful event, thus far.
"The bond between the people of Anguilla and St. Maarten is unbreakable, and whenever I’m in Anguilla I feel at home," remarked Stuart Johnson President of the SCDF in his address.
Johnson went on to say, "We started this working relationship for St. Maarten Carnival 2011, and this is just the beginning for Anguilla and St. Maarten Carnival Committees working together." Trotman also made some remarks thanking everyone for their hospitality and encouraged everyone to embrace and support their cultural celebration.
Johnson extended his appreciation to warm welcome and friendliness of the people of Anguilla towards the St. Maarten delegation.
Everywhere the delegation went pictures were being taken as well as other media interviews.
"It comes as no surprise that St. Maarten people invade Anguilla every year, and this year shall be no different for the August Monday Beach party
and Jouvert Morning Jam. However, this year we intend to work jointly with Mr. Harrigan and his team to ensure further visibility," Johnson said.
I extend my best wishes to the people of Anguilla, and wishing them safe and successful Carnival 2011.