Spicemas 2017 officially opens

The highly anticipated 2017 Carnival season officially opened last week Saturday at the Roy St. John Playing Field in St. George’s showcasing all aspects of Carnival.

Scores of Carnival enthusiasts turned out to get a taste of what’s this year’s Spicemas has to offer.

The cultural explosion featured the sweet sound of steel pan, traditional and fancy mas bands along with several soca and calypso artistes.

The parish of St. David’s made its presence felt with the official launch of “Ignite,” a new Kiddies Carnival mas band under the theme “Our Roots.”

In an interview with THE NEW TODAY co-founder, Kelvin Jacob said, the band comprises four sections and would cater for approximately 130 persons.

Jacobs said the mission is to promote the history of Carnival and ultimately help increase participation in the country’s premier event.

“We decided to start with young person’s because we realise that a lot of young persons are not very verse in our culture and don’t really know much about the history of Carnival so we believe that by targeting the young people, giving them the information and teaching them the Carnival history, they will understand and that will be increased and that will help them to participate more in Carnival and will be more interested in playing mas themselves,” he said.

Additionally, six out of the seven contestants who will vie for the prestigious 2017 Carnival Queen show title, were introduced to the massive gathering. They were Tiffany Andrew’s – Ms. St George, Ariel Gordon – Ms. St. Mark, Oshnen Mathurine – Ms. Carriacou and Petite Martinique, Rayanna Warren – Ms. St. Patrick, Donette Peters – Ms. St. Andrew and Zhane Matthew – Ms. St. John

The seventh, Ms. St. David will be crowned at her parish competition, which is being held this Friday.

The event, which went well into the night, was attended by several government ministers including Culture Minister Brenda Hood and Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell.

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