12 vie for Festival Queen crown
Miss Lillian Reid, JCDC interim executive director (centre), stands proudly with the recently sashed Miss Kingston and St Andrew Festival Queen contestants.

PAULETTE Sutherland, parish manager of Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Kingston & St Andrew Parish Office, is pleased with this year’s crop of contestants in the Festival Queen Competition.

“They are all strong contestants who are deserving of the crown. They are truly happy to be a part of this competition,” she told the Jamaica Observer. “This is the first time since COVID-19 that we have been having the face-to-face competition, and it’s during Jamaica’s 60th celebration so we are happy.”

The 12 females were sashed recently, by their respective competition sponsors, during the Mayoral Reception and Sashing Ceremony of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s (JCDC) Miss Kingston & St Andrew Festival Queen Competition, held at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.

They will compete for this year’s prestigious title of Miss Kingston and St Andrew Festival Queen.

The winning queen will move on to compete for the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen national title at the grand coronation during the upcoming Jamaica 60 Independence festival celebrations.

Contestants and their respective sponsors for the duration of the competition are: Tejana Ashman, Miss Ibex Global; Brithny Hamilton, Miss Confidence; Abonique Reid, Miss Jamaica Private Power Company; SeanaKaye Wright, Miss Southdale Hardware & Glass Supplies; Bethany Johnson, Miss P.T.G Electrical & Building Solutions; Careena Thompson, Miss Ontime Taxi Service.

Other competitors are, Renacia Thomas, Miss Dream Wedding Services; Aaliyah Myrie, Miss FMA Custom Brokers; Amoya Wallace, Miss Kingston & St Andrew Municipal Corporation; Kadeisha Cooper, Miss Benjamin Cosmetics; Velonique Bowen, Miss Springtime distributed by Grace; and Jahmellia Allen, Miss Dobby’s HideAway Bar & Grill.

The Kingston and St Andrew Festival Queen Coronation will be held with the support of Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams on Sunday, June 12 at the Little Theatre, at 7:00 pm.

The show will be hosted under the theme: ‘Re-igniting the power of the Jamaican Woman’, and will have a special feature that will see participation from past Miss Kingston & St Andrew festival queens.

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

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