Sponsors Embrace Carnival Queen Contestants
The Carnival Planning and Management Agency (CPMA) and the National Carnival Queen Pageant Committee on Tuesday evening hosted the annual sashing ceremony for carnival queen contestants. The event was held at Sandals Halcyon.
Organized by a new and energetic committee, there appeared to be sense of freshness and heightened expectations for the annual carnival queen pageant. The new committee, headed by Trevor King, includes deputy chair and head chaperone Paula Theophilus, Raymona Henry-Wynne, Jesse Mitchel, Louise Victor and Nesa Constantine.
The MC for Tuesday’s sashing was Louise Victor, while welcome remarks were delivered by Jesse Mitchel who spoke of the work being put into the event by the hard-working committee. Theophilus, in delivering the chair’s address, spoke of the journey thus far from two auditions to the selection process and now the grueling preparations for the contestants.
Chairman of the CPMA, Lyndon Arnold urged the contestants to work hard but to enjoy their moment. Also speaking on Tuesday was the Minister of Tourism Lorne Theophilus who challenged the contestants to believe in themselves and work on their talent and creativity despite the odds.
The moment of truth - the actual sashing, was met with much surprise and glee by the contestants, when the sponsors were revealed. Anya Edwin was sashed as Miss Piton, Francillia Austin – Miss Digicel, Denise Nelson – Miss Flow, Yvanna David – Miss Nagico Insurances, Bebiana Mangal – Miss Columbus Business Solutions, Khadija Mason – Miss Boka Group, Ayana Alexander – Miss Super J IGA and Laura Bruce – Miss Saint Lucia Tourist Board.
The contestants were also presented with gifts by Digicel, Piton, FLOW, Super J and St. Lucia Distillers. They, in turn, presented special portraits of themselves to each sponsor. Present at Tuesday’s event was the reigning Carnival Queen Licia Jn. Paul.
The 2015 National Carnival Queen pageant will be held on July 4.
The 2015 Carnival Queen Contestants with Lorne Theophilus, Minister of Tourism and Creative Industries, the 2014 Carnival Queen Licia Jn. Paul and
the Chairman of the CPMA, Lyndon Arnold.