SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – October 11th 2018 marks the day that the legendary carnival troupe “The Jolly Jumpers” announced their comeback for the 50th anniversary of St. Maarten Carnival.
After being absent from the carnival scene for many years, they’ve decided to form integral part of the lineup of Rio Productions during the First and Second day parade in April 2019.
Former President of the Jolly Jumpers, Elise Romer, expressed interest in participating for the anniversary year as a show of support to Carnival 50! “We would not have missed this for the World” she said.
Romer was joined by Joyce Wathey and Rosa Brooks, both board members of the longstanding carnival troupe.
The Jolly Jumpers was not only one of the main carnival troupes for St.Maarten carnival but also the local pioneers of the Balloon Jump Up and the Lighted Parade. “Back in the day, the Lighted Parade consisted of participants who wore their day costumes, fully covered in lights” quipped Romer.
President of Rio Productions, Mrs. Brenda Wathey stated: “I am delighted that these carnival pioneers chose to collaborate with Rio Productions for the 50th anniversary of Carnival.
“When history meets modern, beautiful things happen! I have learned to respect the ones that came before us, so when we understood their intensions to play mas for this special occasion we immediately made provisions to ensure that these wonderful carnival contributors would have a prominent place in our lineup next year”.
St. Maarten’s 50th Anniversary celebration is expected to be one of the biggest festivals in the region, ever, with thousands of participants & spectators, an abundance of live entertainment, and a wide variety of tourists from all over the World.
The St. Maarten Carnival Development Foundation (SCDF) announced April 22, 2019 to May 6, 2019 as the dates for the 50th anniversary of St. Maarten Carnival, and pledged that they will be going all out for Carnival’s Golden Anniversary.