St Kitts and Nevis relaunched its carnival season last week after last year’s was curtailed because of the pandemic. The islands celebrate the 50th staging. Activities this year are under the theme ‘Sugar Mas 50! Fun, Vibe, Energy’.
The core events for Sugar Mas includes the National Carnival Queen Pageant and the National Carnival Swimwear pageant, as well as the Soca Monarch competition.
Discussions are under way for the hosting of fringe activities to be hosted by other stakeholders. Pre-pandemic, these events included Inception Fete, Cooler Fete, Glow Parade and Flag Fest.
The opening of Sugar Mas 50 is 3 December. J’ouvert will be stationary in a big area where bands and DJs will perform on J’ouvert morning, 27 December. Other events include In the Spirit of Christmas, the Celebrate SKN Christmas Decorating Contest, Folklore Avenue, Festive Friday, Panorama SKN, Sugar Mas Track and Field Invitational, Culcha Pot (Sugar Mas Edition), Icons Road March Edition and Folklore Caravan.
Sugar Mas 50 officially wraps up on 3 January 3 with the Sugar Mas Awards.