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Caribbean Island Hosts Months-Long Party

Thousands of revelers “jumped up” at St. Maarten’s annual carnival celebration that pays homage to the island nation’s heritage.

Among the revelers were “America’s Next Top Model” alum and Miss Trinidad and Tobago Renee Bhagwandeen, along with fellow model Giannina Oteto, who is fronting the cover of Childish Gambino’s new album.

Dressed in white string bikinis and blue and white feather headdresses, models “jumped up” along the parade route with the “Island Revelers” group, headed by Dylan Paul.

Also on hand was the Carnival King, Kenyo Baly, the youngest person to win the “Groovy Soca Monarch” title.

The carnival runs from March 18th to May 3rd, and included events like Jouvert, a reggae concert and a “Carnival Queen” pageant. But the event’s climax was a two-day fete known as the Grand Carnival Parade, where hundreds of costumed women shimmied and sashayed down the parade route.

St. Maarten is an island in the northern Caribbean home to about 90,000 people, with one side part of the Dutch Antilles and the other side belonging to the French.

Hit the flip for more pics from the carnival.

Photos By Jennifer H. Cunningham


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