This photo was taken during last year’s Eighth Annual Inception Fête.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts — Citizens, residents and visitors are being encouraged to play their part to ensure the 2018-2019 Carnival Season is safe and incident-free.

This was stressed by the Honourable Eugene Hamilton, who officially declared Sugar Mas 47 open on Nov. 23, on behalf of the Minister of Culture, the Honourable Shawn Richards.

“I encourage everyone to be alert and vigilant, be careful,” Hamilton cautioned. “You do not want any unintended incidents or accidents that cause harm to anyone or any group. Please be vigilant. We want a Carnival that is incident-free and accident-free. I suggest, to those of you when you are fêting – keep your faculties in gear so that you don’t do things you will regret.”

The minister noted that fêtes such as Inception fête; Powder fête; Cooler fête; Wet and Flag fête, to name a few, have “become an integral part of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Carnival and they have served to transform Sugar Mas into a more attractive tourism product.”

He used the occasion to express thanks to everyone “contributing to our cultural heritage and being part of what will become our Carnival legacy in the future.”

The 2018-2019 Carnival Season began Friday, Nov. 23 and will continue until Saturday, January 5, 2019.

Major highlights for the season include J’ouvert on Dec. 26; the National Carnival Queen Pageant on Dec. 27; the National Senior Calypso Finals on Dec. 29; and the Grand Carnival Parade on January 1, 2019.

This photo was taken during last year’s Eighth Annual Inception Fête.