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#Carnival2019 | Heavy police presence as 8,000 revellers expected to hit the streets

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:00 AM
A reveller gets last-minute help to secure her costume before Xaymaca International's 'Iconic' road march kicks off outside the Knutsford Express parking lot.

Stephanie Lyew, Gleaner Writer

There is already heavy police presence on the streets of St Andrew for today's Carnival road march.

Some 8,000 revellers aligned with three bands, will spend most of the day on the roads to the beats of music blaring from mobile sound systems.

It's the climax to Jamaica’s Carnival events that celebrate the fusion of two of the Caribbean’s high-energy music genres, soca and dancehall.

The 8,000 revellers expected to three bands: Xaymaca, Xodus and Bacchanal, are expected to have a total of potentially the largest turnout in the history of Carnival in Jamaica.

Some 40,000 spectators are expected to watch the revellers.

The police have advised that there will be several road closures to facilitate the road marches with Trafalgar Road being the epicentre.

Here are the routes for the bands:


Xaymaca’s ‘Iconic’ Band - Starting at 9 a.m at Knutsford Express in New Kingston
A ring around New Kingston
Hope Road
Lady Musgrave Road
Hopefield and Lady Musgrave roads (lunch)
Lady Musgrave Road
Trafalgar Road
Oxford Road
Old Hope Road
Lady Musgrave Road
Worthington Avenue - Spanish Court Hotel Grounds (culmination)


Xodus’ ‘Cosmopolitan’ Band - Starting at 9:30 a.m. at Jamaica College
Old Hope Road
Hope Road - Police Officers' Club (lunch)
Hope Road
Lady Musgrave
Trafalgar Road
Waterloo Road
West Kings House Road
Constant Spring Road
South Avenue
Waterloo Road
Hope Road - Police Officers' Club (culmination)


Bacchanal Jamaica’s Invictus Band - Starting at intersection of Hope Road and Donhead Avenue at 10:30 a.m.
Hope Road
Lady Musgrave Road
Old Hope Road
Oxford Road 
Knutsford Boulevard
Liguanea Golf Academy (lunch)
Trafalgar Road
Waterloo Road
West Kings House Road
Constant Spring Road
Half-Way Tree Road
Hope Road
Trafalgar Road
Knutsford Boulevard - LIME Golf Academy (culmination)

All bands are expected to be at their final after-road march party destinations by 6:00 p.m.

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