The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF announced over the weekend that registration for all events of Carnival 2012 will open as of Thursday, September 8. The opening of registration in September is in keeping with the current board’s efforts to start early on preparation in every aspect of Carnival.
As such, the SCDF also announced that the registration process will be closed on Friday, December 2, 2011, giving interested persons some three months to register with the foundation. All registration forms will be available at the security desk in the Government Administration Building as of Thursday and should be returned to the same location.
The SCDF can also email the forms to any person or group that requests this. Email requests can be sent to email@example.com. "After a successful Carnival 2011, the interest in Carnival 2012 is very high. We have several people already asking about participation," President of the SCDF Stuart Johnson said.
"We are opening registration now to give all Carnival stakeholders the opportunity to plan and prepare for the season. Early planning is not only key for the SCDF but for all involved in Carnival to ensure a successful season. We urge all interested persons to register before December 2 so we can move into the New Year with momentum towards April," Johnson added.
On Thursday registration will open for booth holders, junior and senior calypsonians, troupe leaders, bands, junior, senior and teen queens. The SCDF has already closed off the period for promoters to submit the request for an international night. The SCDF reported that 10 requests have been received.
Carnival 2012 is scheduled to run from April 19 until May 2, 2012.