Grand Masters – Fort Street – Basseterre
Photo By Erasmus Williams
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
December 26, 2008 (CUOPM)
Thousands of residents, returning nationals and visitors took to the streets for the traditional J’Ouvert in Basseterre, the St. Kitts capital, as National Carnival celebrations moved into high gear.
Huge crowds thronged the major bands and Hi-Fi systems including reigning Road March Champions, Grand Masters, Nu-Vybes, Kollison, Lights Out, Ronny Rascal and DJ Marryshaw.
From the early hours of this morning (Boxing Day), the bands hit the road and circled the major roads in Basseterre as thousands either lined the route or reveled to the Road March contenders of the bands.
The Road March contenders are “A Want Whale,” by reigning Road March Champions Grand Masters; “My House” by Nu- Vybes; “Hurricane” and “Jello” by Lights Out Band and “Back Shot” by Kollision Band.
Carnival activities continue Friday night when five contestants representing the high schools in St. Kitts vie for the Miss UDC Talented Teen Pageant title.
Saturday 27th is the Female Calypso Bacchanal and Best of the Rest Show; Sunday 28th the National Carnival Queen Pageant; Monday 29th, the Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant which has participants from Grenada, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Bahamas, United States Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, Jamaica and St. Lucia; the LIME Calypso Monarch Finals is on December 30th; the LIME Children’s Carnival Parade on December 31st; the Grand Carnival Parade on January 1, 2009 and Last Lap on January 2nd 2009.