2014 St. Thomas Carnival Princess Title Goes to 2012 St. John Winner


Double Crown: The family of newly crowned VI Carnival Princess Sh’Nyah Bacon, 11, share the joy of victory Sunday night, April 13, at the Lionel Roberts Stadium on St. Thomas. For Bacon, it’s her second pageant win. In 2012 she won the title of St.. John Festival Princess. A large crowd of family, friends and supporters showered the winner with hugs and kisses moments after the big announcement.
    Sh’Nyah is a sixth grade student at the Julius E. Sprauve School in Cruz Bay.

The 2012 St. John Festival Princess staged an encore performance Aprill 13 at the Lionel Roberts Stadium by winning the title of VI Carnival Princess.

Eleven-year-old Sh’Nyah Bacon bested two fellow contestants to win the crown before a sizeable crowd of classmates, families and Carnival fans. The 2014 Princess Selection show was the first of the stadium events staged each year as part of the month-long celebration.

Bacon, Contestant No. 2, also won the titles of Best Evening Wear, Best Madras Cultural Wear, Best Sportswear, Miss Intellect, Best Talent and Miss Congeniality. The winning contestant had to overcome a segment in the talent portion when the scenery was blown over by a gust of wind.

Contestant No. 1, Rachelle Lanclos,was chosen by photographers as Most Photogenic. Cemi-Leila John, Contestant No. 3, won the title of Most Cooperative Contestant.

Hordes of friends, family and supporters swarmed the newly crowned princess at the end of the three-and-a-half hour competition. She smiled and patiently posed as cameras and smart phones captured the moment.

When asked how she felt about her victory, Princess Sh’Nyah was brief.

“Amazing,” she said.

Bacon is a sixth grade student at the Julius E. Sprauve School. One of her first officials duties will be to lead the pre-teen Carnival tramp up Main Street to Carnival Village at the Fort Christian parking lot on Tuesday, April 29.