St Kitts and Nevis to host Patriotism- Junior Carnival, showcase national flag

The event will celebrate forty years of anything, which is an extremely big deal, because forty signifies resilience, stability and perseverance through very deeply rooted history

St Kitts and Nevis to host Patriotism- Junior Carnival, showcase national flag
St Kitts and Nevis to host Patriotism- Junior Carnival, showcase national flag

St Kitts and Nevis: St Kitts and Nevis has presented the “Patriotism”- Junior Carnival 2023 with the representation of the National Flag for Sugar Mas- an official national Carnival.

The event will celebrate forty years of anything, which is an extremely big deal, because forty signifies resilience, stability and perseverance through very deeply rooted history.

Independence 40 was a celebration for the books. The atmosphere was very warm and inviting, and people rallied together in welcomed harmony; many even gladly embraced the opportunity to flood the streets wearing their National colours on the designated colour days.

This year, the Department of Youth Empowerment excitedly accepts the task of chairing the Junior Carnival Parade. It is the hope that young revellers will not only have a wonderful time but that they will learn to appreciate their culture and history even more.

Further, the significance of the National Flag has also outlined.

YELLOW

‘YELLOW’ in the national flag represents SUNSHINE, and St Kitts and Nevis has a whole lot of it year-round. Young revellers in this segment showcase the vibrant and cheerful nature of St Kitts and Nevis people. Laughter is often the order of the day, so this section will be far from mellow; everyone is always much happier when decked out in yellow.

FEMALE COSTUME – Main attire is long yellow tights with a cropped yellow halter top. At the centre of the top is the St Kitts and Nevis flag surrounded by gold sunshine rays. The backpiece portrays yellow fire wings with tiny rays coming off the shoulder and wrists. The skirt mimics the flow of a yellow jelly fisha and the look is completed with a show stopping sunshine beaming headpiece.

MALE COSTUME – The main attire is a yellow vest with matching yellow shorts. The centre of the vest is the St Kitts and Nevis National flag surrounded by gold sunshine rays. Tribal yellow cuffs adorn the arm and ankles, while a statement piece depicting the sun covers the head. To complete the look, a yellow staff with spikes and a tiny sun is included.

NOIR

The colour ‘BLACK’ is POWER and the National Flag represents our African Heritage. NOIR depicts the gift of opportunity and appreciation to ancestors, especially those who fought to get the country to where they are today.

Young revellers in the NOIR division symbolises the strength of people; for they are not only intelligent and resourceful but they are deeply propelled by Ancient wisdom which is the real power behind our National Pride.

FEMALE COSTUME – Main attire is long black tights with a cropped ruffled black top. Shoulder pieces are made up of long black feathers. The waist and ankles also have small black feathers.

The headpiece is an African tribal crown with beads that represent the colours of the St Kitts and Nevis flag. Also matching is an over-the-top neckpiece. Black tribal bands adorn the arms, wrists and ankles.

MALE COSTUME – The main attire is a black short pants and a poncho with the St Kitts and Nevis flag bordered by gold trimming. The headpiece is a black tribal hat with a single gold stripe. Black tribal bands adorn the arms, wrists and ankles while a long staff with black feathers is carried.

BUOYANT

The stars in the National Flag represent “Hope” and “Liberty” and the colour ‘WHITE’ is one of importance. Young revellers in this division showcase a level of sophistication coupled with naturalness and purity as they are intended to portray everything that is GOOD about St Kitts and Nevis. BUOYANT embodies CLARITY, POSITIVITY and NEW beginnings for our people.

FEMALE COSTUME – Attire is mainly a white long sleeved mesh leotard with a skirt. The shoulder piece is made up of white feathers with matching smaller feathers at the ankles. The show stopping headpiece is made up of varying sizes of white feathers and a silver diamond crown. The belt is long tie shaped with glitter to represent the St Kitts & Nevis flag.

MALE COSTUME – Mainly a white vest with matching white short pant. Headpiece is simply a smaller version to the females and the scarf around the neck highlights the St Kitts and Nevis flag. Arm bands and nkle bands are tribal white bands and a staff with a white star completes the look.

SUCRE

In the national flag the colour ‘GREEN’ represents the Fertile Land. However for this section dubbed SUCRE, the star is our sweet, sweet sugarcane.

Nationals near and far beam with pride whenever the name “Sugar City” is echoed and for this reason alone it is only fitting that our young revellers represent the rebirth of what once made us stand out despite our small size. SUCRE is the Sugar Renewal.

FEMALE COSTUME – Green cropped spaghetti strapped top with tassels and matching green shorts. Full green skirt to replicate the sugarcane leaves along with matching sugarcane stalk headpiece.

Also part of the headpiece is a V-shaped glitter/ diamond piece across the forehead with the St Kitts and Nevis flag. Sugarcane stalks are used as a tiny belt for the waist of the skirt as well as a neck choker with a single tiny sugarcane leaf. Large sugarcane cuffs adorn the wrists and ankles.

MALE COSTUME – The attire is mainly a green shirt with a matching green short pant. The back piece represents the leaves of the sugarcane, while the cuffs, belt, headpiece and arm bands are cane stalks. To complete the look, a full glitter/diamond V-shaped neckpiece with the St Kitts and Nevis flag is worn. A cane is also provided.

RED

This section for the Junior Carnival Parade proudly showcases the national colour ‘RED’. Although red signifies blood, which is historically associated with sacrifice, danger and courage, the National Flower, the Poinciana, is being represented here because of its lush red colour along with its unique and very beautiful appearance.

Young revellers in this section should feel proud leading the charge in telling the world that St Kitts and Nevis is full of people who are PASSIONATE, LOVING and JOYFUL.

FEMALE COSTUME – Full-length red leotard with a Back Piece which represents the one petal on the Poinciana that is different from the rest. The middle inner petals of the Flower adorn the waist in the shape of a skirt, while the stalks are used as shoulder and foot pieces.

The embellishments on the wrists, ankles and headpiece all come from the yellow and red coours found in the centre of the exotic-coloured petal. The Neckpiece is a full glitter/diamond V-shaped necklace with the flag of St Kitts and Nevis.