By Jáedee S.K. Caines
THG Network (Nov. 19, 2016) — The 45th edition of St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Carnival officially got underway on Friday night with an opening ceremony and the launch of this year’s contestants.
The opening was held in the capital city of Basseterre and was broadcast live on state-owned media as well as the social networking site, Facebook, via its Facebook live feature.
While onlookers generally seemed pleased with last night’s opening, the onstage absence of the reigning National Swimwear and National Carnival queens created quite a stir on Facebook.
The organising committee did however did get words of commendation for its selection of contestants in the various pageants.
Vying for the National Carnival Queen title are Shantara Hewlett, Hydeia Tyson, Nordia Demming, Joneika Smithen, and Katherina Davis. That show is being planned for December 28, 2016.
Meantime, in the National Swimwear Contest, which is being twinned with the Mr. GQ Show on December 27, 2016, the contestants are Zena Hyman, Shakira Pitt, Raven Richards, Kachiana Robin, Nakilah Watso and Julisa David for the swimwear component and Earl Brotherson, Denville Francis, Joseph Tudor, Kevin Adams, De-Syl Hamilton and Carl Samuel for the Mr. GQ division.
The teen beauties in this year’s National Talented Teen Pageant were also introduced. They are Miss Gingerland Secondary School – Lucia Parris-Liburd, Miss Basseterre High School – Anusuyah Bhoojraj, Miss Verchilds High School – Dolicia Barry, Miss Cayon High School- Sarai Hutchinson, Miss Saddlers Secondary School- Tatyana Browne, Miss Charles E Mills Secondary – Zafi Alder, Miss Washington Archibald High – Dahneira Hodge, and Miss Charlestown Secondary Sixth Form – Terrencia Nisbett. That show is being planned for December 26, 2016.
The official opening ceremony was followed by a calypso tent.
Photo Caption: (Courtesy St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Carnival) Shantara Hewlett
Photo Caption: (Courtesy St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Carnival) Hydeia Tyson
Photo Caption: (Courtesy St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Carnival) Nordia Demming
Photo Caption: (Courtesy St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Carnival) Joneika Smithen
Photo Caption: (Courtesy St. Kitts and Nevis’ National Carnival) Katherina Davis