By Suelika N. Buchanan

The Observer

The Media of St. Kitts and Nevis and members of the private sector attended a Breakfast and Media Launch last Friday morning, Nov. 4 at the Ocean Terrace Inn where they got a taste of what is expected for National carnival this year.

Under the theme, “Rhythm, Sweetness and Plenty Lime… Keep the Culture Alive the Carnival for this year is promised to be spectacular according to newly appointed chairman, Gus Williams.

A handing over ceremony of sponsorship was also made by Pat Wallace on behalf of Cable & Wireless to show their committed support in Carnival. The cheque was in the sum of $120,000 EC and will sponsor Carnival for another two years.

Cable & Wireless is the sole sponsor of the Calypso semi-finals and finals and joint sponsors of the Children’s Folklore and Carnival Avenue.

Also present at the ceremony was the six contestants who will compete in the National Carnival Queen Pageant, which is one of the highlights of Carnival.

The Chairperson for the Carnival Queen Committee Shelda Webster accompanied the ladies.

Minister with responsibility for Carnival Richard Skerrit said in his opening remarks that Carnival is an expression of us and the things we love and made mention that Carnival brings economic development.

“And see we have with us Lexy Brookes, who is in charge of the International night where she will bring in acts form around the region,” he said. “So carnival is not just for the Government but for all of us.”

Alexia ‘Lexy’ Brookes of VIP Connected Promotions said that her company will be organizing the international Night of the stars which is scheduled to take place Sunday January 1st 2006 at Carnival Village.

According to Brookes the show will feature, Denis Belfon out of Trinidad, Better Band out of Anguilla, El-A-Kru out of Antigua, Ultra Sonics out of Nevis and Small Axe and Grandmasters Band out of St. Kitts. The international night is expected to be like a Music festival, Thursday night atmosphere.