Permit confusion delays selection of Carnaval queen in Limón

From left: Yoset Fuentes Novoa of Puerto Limón, Cicely Norman Brown of Puerto Limón, Katherine Sharpe Pasmore of Puerto Limón, Génesis Diaz Brown of Cocales, Puerto Viejo, Lidianeth Lewis Romero of Puerto Limón, Jennyfer Almengor Smith of Amubri, Talamanca, Flor Blanco Pereira of Amubri, Talamanca and Wendy Bonilla Garcia of Sixola. Carnavales del Caribe 2012 photo

The coronation and election of the 2012 Carnaval Queen in Limón was rescheduled from last Friday to Thursday due to problems with permits.

“We didn’t get the permit in time,” said a commission spokesperson. “We had the permit for the rest of Carnaval, but didn’t know we needed a different one for the queen contest.  We decided to make it the same day as the start of Carnaval, Oct. 11.”

The announcement was made last Thursday on the Facebook page for the event formally called Carnavales del Caribe 2012.  It was followed the next day by a message that said the commission had received the last permit necessary to host the event over the next two weeks.

In the meantime, the eight contestants have been together participating in photo shoots and receiving final fittings in preparation for their day of beauty and glamor.

Each of the young women want the opportunity to represent their home providence of Limón.   The candidates are Yoset Fuentes Novoa of Puerto Limón, Cicely Norman Brown of Puerto Limón, Katherine Sharpe Pasmore of Puerto Limón, Génesis Diaz Brown of Cocales, Puerto Viejo, Lidianeth Lewis Romero of Puerto Limón, Jennyfer Almengor Smith of Amubri, Talamanca, Flor Blanco Pereira of Amubri, Talamanca and Wendy Bonilla Garcia of Sixola.

At 7 p.m. Thursday the annual beauty pageant will begin in Parque Vargas.  It will require these ladies to go through a whirlwind of rounds that consists of swimsuits, African headdresses and evening gowns.

The contest ends with the traditional question of how each candidate can better their world and home.  Most call for peace in Limón, a place many locals caution tourists not to even visit because of the growing violence and drug epidemic.

All other events will continue as scheduled with the big parade Oct. 20 starting at 1 p.m. in Barrio Jamaica Town and ending in Parque Vargas, spokespersons said.

For more information about Carnaval del Caribe visit the Web page HERE!

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