Rio Productions meets with emergency services


PHILIPSBURG, Sint Maarten — The organizing committee of Rio Productions met with the Emergency Services of St. Maarten namely; the Police Force, Fire Department and Ambulance Services, in preparation for the largest Carnival Night Parade ever hosted on St. Maarten, which is set to take place on April 9.

Rio Productions recognizes the importance of proper safety and security measures, and called a meeting last week with the emergency services division to get a better understanding of all rules and regulations that must be complied with.

Chief Inspector of the Uniformed Division-Philipsburg Mr. Bloeiman gave an overview of all aspects that need to be taken into consideration when hosting a large event, and also underlined the zero-tolerance position of police regarding alcohol consumption of under-aged participants.

The Fire Department provided detailed information on fire extinguishers, safety procedures and outlined the importance of having an emergency lane at the event location called “Rio Village.”

Organizing the largest night parade ever in the history of St. Maarten, with 3 bandwagons, bands, DJs, lightshows, and approximately 1,500 carnival revelers comes with the responsibility and commitment to take all aspects regarding public safety into consideration.

President of Rio Productions Brenda Wathey stated: “it makes me extremely proud that our uniformed officers are so passionate and concerned about the safety of our people. As they are recognizing the importance of carnival Events for St. Maarten, they also made abundantly clear that public safety can never be jeopardized during events whereby full cooperation of organizers is expected. Rio Productions is of the same opinion and pledged to comply with all safety regulations, as we see it as our mission to provide a safe environment where revelers can enjoy Carnival music as they parade in lighted t-shirts and costumes through the streets of Philipsburg showcasing St. Maarten’s culture.”

T-shirts are still available, but in limited supply. Persons interested in participating are advised to purchase their shirt before April 6. For more information visit: