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Aug. 31, 2002 – Gov. Charles Turnbull has reportedly gone to New York City for the Labor Day weekend.
At the Virgin Islanders United "Caribbean Cultural Fest 2002," the governor will receive "VIU's ICON award, recognizing his outstanding contributions within the field of education in the U.S. Virgin Islands," according to a press release on the VIU Website. The award will be presented Sunday as part of the annual weekend fest at Marcus Garvey Park in Manhattan, billed as "a 9 hour vacation to the Caribbean without ever leaving New York City."
VIU says they created "V.I. Weekend in New York" and they have planned nonstrop events around the Caribbean Cultural Fest through Labor Day – including Maljo tent, Friday's Stay in School Concert for Kids, Brassfest, Steel Band Panorama, and Dimanche Gras, all at the Brooklyn Museum Grounds.
But after all that, VIU has a troupe entered in the West Indian-American Day Parade in Brooklyn, and it's rumored Gov. Turnbull will be hanging out with those revelers. The VIU troupe, "Virgin Islands Invasion: Return of the SocaRagaLypsonians," will take part in the Parade of the Bands on Brooklyn's Eastern Parkway from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Labor Day.
No releases were received at The Source about the governor's trip, either from Government House or from the Turnbull-Richards Democratic Team 2002, but the VIU press release said "the governor will be accompanied by an impressive contingent of Virgin Islands dignitaries, who will attend the festival as well as the other Labor Day activities planned."
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