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Vincy Mas launching May 7th
06.05.2016 - Lyf Compton

For the entire day on Saturday May 7th, persons in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be entertained, once they chose to be, as Vincy Mas 2016 launches in fine style.

The day will see activities spread throughout the island from early, with whistle stops on both sides of the island that will see Carnival lovers partying behind trucks playing Soca music.

The day's activities will culminate with the official launch of Vincy Mas at Carnival City, Victoria Park and according to Chairman of the Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) Dennis Ambrose "Park gon sell-aff".

The 2016 launch of Vincy Mas, for the second time ever, will be held at Victoria Park as the various committees and working partners agreed that changing the venue from the Solidarity Inc. Car Park, was a positive one.

"It turns out that, the ever-growing, mammoth crowds of highly enthusiastic patrons and participants, validates this switch in venue, and overall, the CDC is pleased with this change", said Ambrose.

Saturday May 7 launch events will see action begin with the whistle stops on the Windward and Leeward sides of the island.

"Hitz FM as usual, is on-board for yet another year, bringing excitement to the masses from the Leeward side and X-treme FM for the second time on board, will be coming in from the Windward side. Both are great partners with the CDC in this accord, and we applaud their efforts to continue to make Vincy Mas the great festival that it is", said Ambrose.

The launch day activities will also feature a parade/motorcade that will begin at 6pm from the Cruise Ship Complex and will take persons through the streets of Kingstown to Victoria Park.

"This will be more elaborate than it was last year.
It will show-case aspects of the Vincy Mas program. This will include the old time carnival, pan, the Miss SVG contestants, Vincy Mas winners from 2015, floats from the various sponsors, preview of Monday t-Shirt bands and of course, some Mardi Gras costumes. This entire package would highlight Carnival 2016", stressed Ambrose on Tuesday while noting that the official launching ceremony begins at 7pm at the Victoria Park.

"…of course, we have a wonderful package…our sponsor, FLOW, will be working along with the CDC to provide a great after party. This is an event which is generally very exciting, especially to our young people", said Ambrose who feels confident that Vincy Mas will begin with a "bang" as usual.

"Remember that last year, we predicted that 'Park gon sell-aff', well this year is no different. We anticipate that it will be even more of a 'sell aff', said Ambrose.

"The CDC continues to work with the components to ensure that the activities of Vincy Mas run smoothly. We continue to integrate our plans, and work together to straighten out potential nicks and bumps, so that overall, we have a great festival, a viable, attractive, marketable product, and memorable occasion for everyone", stressed the Chairman.

Marketing Coordinator of the CDC Anthony Dennie is also predicting a big day.

He noted that the part of the daytime launch event which was usually held at Heritage Square has been moved to FLOW's promenade on Halifax Street.

"Over the years we have been having an event at Heritage Square but thanks to super platinum sponsors FLOW, we will be moving the event to the FLOW Promenade on Back Street which we consider to be more central in the scheme of things", said Dennie.

"….the CDC is looking forward to having big things on the promenade. The Girls' High School (GHS) Steel Orchestra will be performing and the Junior Calypso and Soca monarch finalists will also be on the promenade, some 22 and counting", revealed Dennie who is encouraging the general public to come out and support the event.

He noted also that the parade and celebration train which will begin at 6 pm surpassed the CDC's expectations last year, "so much so that this year we extended the route as last year we started at top of Heritage Square but this year we will start at the Cruise Ship Terminal and end at Victoria Park".

The parade will have the traditional monkey band, the Miss SVG girls, the FLOW Sion Hill Steel Orchestra and a number of floats showcasing the various sponsors and winners of competitions in 2015. Dennie is hoping that the trucks from the whistle stops can catch the tail end of the parade as it enters Victoria Park.

The launch event at the Victoria Park begins at 7 pm with an address coming from Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SVG Tourism Authority Glen Beache while patrons will get a glimpse of a number of the components of Vincy Mas including the first public speeches and sashing of the 2016 Miss SVG contestants, a view of the various mas bands and performances by various local artistes including Rondy 'Luta' McIntosh, Delroy 'Fireman' Hooper, Shane 'Hypa' Husbands and panist Rodney Small.

Patrons will also be entertained during a 10- minute disc jockey session of back in time Soca music. The new song competitions, Calypso, Soca and Ragga Soca competitions will also be held while FLOW will hold a DJ competition which will see the winner being rewarded with EC$10,000.

With all these competitions and entertainers converging on Victoria Park and with a $5 entrance fee, "Park definitely gon sell-aff".