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MARIGOT–The Carnival committee was on the mark when it anticipated some large troupes for Sunday’s Children’s Parade in Marigot, and indeed two schools, Elie Gibbs School in Grand Case and French Quarter 2, featured a large number of revellers in their troupes that gave the whole parade a major boost.
The Children’s Parade marked the start of Carnival on the French side, and as usual it was a colourful spectacle appreciated by the many spectators and tourists.
The parade started fairly promptly soon after 2:00pm from Louis Vanterpool Stadium and made its way on the usual circuit along Rue de Hollande, down Rue de La République, a left turn for Rue de La Liberté, left again onto Rue Kennedy, back onto Rue de Hollande and back to the stadium, cutting out Lowtown and Bellevue.
Entertainer Ricky Da Phox was on site early getting the spectators warmed up. This year, he was dressed up as a baby, cruising up and down the streets sitting on a sort of skateboard, and frequently asked to be spoon fed from his bottles. A few amused tourists complied. He then matured rather quickly to emcee the choreography routines on Rue de la République, where the judges had their stand.
The parade was led out by Disney mascots Minny and Mickey Mouse, followed by a troupe from Evelina Halley Kindergarten School and Grand Case Kindergarten School.
Elie Gibbs School from Grand Case made quite an impression with its large troupe which was themed Hibiscus Garden.
French Quarter Elementary School presented “Man and the Sea”, a theme on fishing. One float showed a vendor selling fish, comparing prices from the old days to the modern day, perhaps a commentary on the cost of living or decline in local fishing.
Emile Choisy School’s theme was the 1960s while French Quarter 2 School was another of the big troupes with its presentation “Land of One Thousand and One Nights” a theme on the Arabian Nights. Siméon Trott School had an ancient Egyptian theme with a Queen and a Pharaoh King.
Sandy Ground Cultural Center presented a cultural theme. Bringing up the rear of the parade was Locomotiv playing an assortment of instruments.
In all, seven troupes took part in the parade. Results of the parade are usually announced in Carnival Village towards the end of the week.
Carnival Village opens on Thursday with Dr. Fire, Shantili Higgs a.k.a. Shanae, and the Strike-Up Band performing on stage from 7:00pm. The Daily Herald