September 30, 2023

Caribbean Opals troupe launches 2018 Carnival costume collection

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From The Daily Herald St Maarteen

ST. EUSTATIUS–Caribbean Opals troupe launched its Statia Carnival 2018 costume collection at 318-Right Field.

The theme for this year collection, which was presented Saturday, is “Carnival Empress,” which symbolizes the beautiful and strong women of the “Golden Rock.”

The two troupe leaders are local Zumba instructor Charmaine George and Sherees Timber, who is presently residing in the Netherlands.

This year marks the third time Caribbean Opals will participate in Carnival. Both George and Timber played Mass over the years in other troupes. This year they decided to chain their talented and creative minds by coming together and bringing back their creativeness to the streets of Statia.

The troupe is split into two sections: frontline and rear. “The front line is more extravagant, with an extensive back piece. However, both pieces complement each other with the same colours and jewels” said George.

“The colours that are selected for this year’s costumes are yellow and different shades of blue. The outstanding stones and body jewels add a royal touch to these lovely pieces,” she added.

Registration opened Monday, April 9. Payments can be made and arranged in instalments. Troupe members are welcome from the age of 16 years old.

“So far preparation is going smooth. We are busy raising funds to cover the band cost and other expenses,” said George.

Caribbean Opals are collaborating with Crepe Art Designs of Deangelo Butler and George Wilson in St. Maarten, who both visited Statia over the weekend, primarily for the launch.

“This is the first time on the island and we are happy to be here and at the same time excited to be working with Caribbean Opal. We are grateful for this opportunity to be able to showcase our work on the island during parade days”, said Butler.

IMAGE: Frontline costume of the Caribbean Opals troupe. (St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation photo)

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