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Two More Carnival Queens backed by SXM Airport

L-R: D’Shnay York, Teen Carnival Queen, 2014 and Bria Sorton, Senior Carnival Queen 2014, beaming their victory smiles after being crowned at the Festival Village, early Thursday morning. (SXM Airport photo)

SIMPSON BAY, St. Maarten (April 25 , 2014) - Following in the “royal steps” of Anna Rabess Richardson who took the Carnival Mature Queen crown in style, D’Shnay York and Bria Sorton were similarly crowned Carnival Teen Queen and Senior Carnival Queen respectively. All three carnival queens were sponsored by the Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM).

“That makes it 3 for 3,” remarked a Carnival pageant lover, using a baseball metaphor. “You guys sure know how to pick winners,” added another spectator on learning that the newly crowned queens were backed by SXM Airport.

In fact, this is not the first time the airport would be the proud sponsor of a Carnival Queen: the reigning Senior Carnival Queen, Davinia Brooks, who will be representing St. Maarten at the PJD-2 Caribbean Queen Pageant on Sunday, April 27, 2014, was also sponsored by SXM Airport.

“We are happy that several of the contestants we sponsored came out winners,” said Regina LaBega, SXM Airport’s managing director. “But our support of Carnival is not limited to selecting royalty: we take our corporate social responsibility seriously and thus each year, we decorate the airport to put all users of our facilities, including visitors, in the carnival spirit.”

LaBega congratulated all three winners and expressed satisfaction with the hard work and commitment all the contestants put in that made the pageants such a huge success. She also commended the efforts of the Carnival Development Foundation and pledged to continue to support the event as much as possible in the future.