Two contestants from St. Maarten and Antigua have been added to the prestigious Miss Caribbean Culture Queen Pageant slated for July 27. The pageant will be staged under the theme “Embracing a Fusion of Caribbean Culture” at the Cultural Complex in Charlestown, Nevis.
Delicia Pownall (Miss Antigua) and Marjorie Cortico-Ramirez’s (Miss St. Maarten) now bring the total to 10 delegates who will vie for the coveted crown and title. The delegates will also compete for Best Swimsuit, Best Talent, Best Evening Wear, and Best Interview, Miss Amity and Miss Photogenic.
Another new face for the pageant is Miss Montserrat, Sherylene Dyer who replaces Sharlene Lindsay due to unforeseen circumstances.
The other contestants are Sangrena Harris representing Anguilla, Marcellina Ventura of St. Croix, Keda Lou-Ann Pascall of Trinidad and Tobago, Tanika Walton of Barbados, Marcia Baptiste of Dominica, Lanien Blanchette for St. Kitts and Masinda Nisbett represents host country Nevis.
The contestants are expected to arrive in Nevis on Sunday July 25th, where they will begin their participation in several pre-pageant activities designed to promote the Nevis tourism product.
A day-long visit to sister island St. Kitts, a mini-motorcade, luncheons, nightly cocktails and rehearsals are among the activities planned.
Pageant Organiser Hazel Francis, in an update, indicated that the girls upon arrival on Sunday will make a special appearance at the Ms Culture Swim Suit Competition slated for later that day.
On Monday July 26th, the contestants will be engaged in a morning rehearsal and a scrumptious lunch at Lime Beach Café on Pinneys Beach. Afterward they journey to St. Kitts for a mini-motorcade where they will pay a courtesy call on the Federal Cabinet.
The visit will be in honor of the reigning Queen, Ms. Mariece Roberts. She will have the opportunity to introduce the contestants to the Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas and Minister of Culture, Ms. Marcella Liburd at Government Headquarters.
Miss Francis said some brief stops along the route and a pause for a photo shoot at the Circus in Basseterre will make the event a memorable one for the out-going Miss St. Kitts Miss Caribbean Culture Queen.
The entourage will return to Nevis via the Sea Bridge Ferry Service to give the Nevisian public equal opportunity to feast their eyes on the bevy of beauties. Stops will also be made at major villages along the Island Main Road and the motorcade will culminate at Oualie Beach Hotel. There the contestants will be hosted by Premier and Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Joseph Parry to a welcome reception by invitation only. All media houses are invited to cover the motorcade and interact with the contestants.
On Tuesday the Minister of Culture in Nevis, Hon. Hensley Daniel will host the contestants at a luncheon.
Guest artistes for the event will include Infamus, Tebulos, King Konris, Dagah, the Nevis Pan Ensemble, and Eclectic Band featuring King Meeko, Karaoke Idol host Noah Mills, Lauren Barry and Ryhanna Wong.
The Miss Caribbean Culture Pageant dubbed “A Touch of Class” is designed to promote friendship, regional integration while showcasing true Caribbean culture, beauty and intelligence. This year, the event is expected to be a magnificent and marvellous one!
Meantime, Francis admitted that the Committee had been experiencing some challenges with sponsorship, however she hasten to add that “although slow in coming organisers would like to publicly express gratitude to the corporate partners who have reached out in support of the regional pageant”.
She called for the support of other corporate sponsors to come on board. She said the funds realised from this pageant are given back to the community and this year will be no exception. Part of the proceeds will go towards the establishment of a hurricane fund.