SCDF releases Carnival 2013 schedule, 22 days of activities

The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) released its schedule for Carnival 2013 over the weekend, a schedule that features 22 days of Carnival activities. There will be 17 days of "fettin" from the official opening of Carnival Village on Thursday, April 18 until the close on Friday May 3, 2013. Prior to that however, there will also be five Carnival events held at locations outside of Carnival Village.


The schedule is the longest it has been in a few years and features seven locally themed nights, six international nights and eight road events (jump-ups and parades). The international nights will cover almost every music genre, Soca, Reagge, Zouk/Compas, Latin, Antillean and R&B.

The 2013 schedule also features a US $2 Family Fun & Culture Night. "With this night we wanted to let families come out to Carnival Village to simply enjoy the ambiance and for the kids to have some fun. There will be bouncers on village grounds, cultural entertainment on stage, it will be a fun, inexpensive night," President of the SCDF Mike Granger said.

He continued: "We think Carnival lovers, supporters, or corporate sponsors, will be very happy with this schedule. We’ve scheduled a little something for everyone, the best that Carnival has to offer. From our Calypso shows to our pageants and highlighted by our parades, Carnival 2013 will be spectacle that nobody, at home or abroad, will want to miss."

As for which artists will be featured on the international nights, Granger said as soon as the respective promoters conclude their negotiations and inform SCDF definitively who the artists are, the public will be informed accordingly. "There will be so much more announcements coming for Carnival 2013 about the various initiatives that will be put in place. Stay tuned for those," Granger said.

Saturday, January 26 Unity Jump Up

Saturday, April 6 Senior Calypso Eliminations

Sunday, April 7 Jr. Queen Show & Jr. Road March & Calypso

Friday, April 12 Fete to Fitness Jump Up

Saturday, April 13 Teen & Senior Queen Cultural & Speech Competition

Thursday, April 18 Opening Carnival Village

Friday, April 19 International Night – Antillean

Saturday, April 20 International Night – Zouk

Sunday, April 21 Junior Carnival Parade

Monday, April 22 Miss Mature Pageant

Tuesday, April 23 $2 Family Fun & Cultural Night

Wednesday, April 24 Teen & Senior Pageant

Thursday, April 25 Youth Extravaganza

Friday, April 26 International Night – Soca/Dancehall Blend

Saturday, April 27 International Night – Soca

Sunday, April 28 Senior Calypso Finals & Carnival Honors

Monday, April 29 (4am) Jouvert Morning Jump-Up

Monday, April 29 (8pm) International Night – Reggae

Tuesday, April 30 Grand Carnival Parade

Wednesday, May 1 Second Day Parade

Thursday, May 2 International Night – Latin

Friday, May 3 Closing Jump Up/ Burning King Momo