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Schools, Guardians of Culture Capture Some Top Spots

Jan. 11, 2005 – The Crucian Christmas Festival Committee announced the winners of the various festival categories on Monday. School entries captured several top spots.
The Ricardo Richards Guardians of Our Culture Mocko Jumbies took double honors capturing first place spots in both the children's and adult's parade for their category.
In troupes over 100 the St. Croix Educational Complex danced their way to first place with their depiction of "The Gem of the VI." St. Mary's Steel Pan Band was awarded first place in the adult's parade and second place in the children's parade. Other first place winners included Hovensa, WAPA and AARP.
For the second year in a row, the Xtaushun Band is Road March champion. Their song "Gasoline (in the Fire House)" had revelers dancing in the streets at J'ouvert and the parades. The group won last year with "Energy," which was released soon after the bands debut. Another crowd favorite was "Hyper Bootie" by the Stroka Band
Here is a complete list of winners
Children's Parade
Troupe (under 100)
Winner – Arthur A. Richards Junior High School
First Runner up- John H. Woodson Junior High School
Second Runner up – Music in Motion
Float
Winner – Ricardo Richards Elementary School (Rhythm, Music, Culture Vibes)
Individual Entry
Winner Spirit of My Grandmother – Charles H. Emanuel School
Majorettes
Winner – Sparkle Lite Twirlers
First Runner up – St. Croix Majorettes
Second Runner up – Freedom City Twirlers
Mocko Jumbies
Winner – Ricardo Richards Elementary School (VI Culture Traditions)
Steel Pan
Winner – Lew Muckle School Steel Pan Orchestra
First Runner up – St. Mary's Steel Pan
Adult's Parade
Floupe (over 100)
Winner – Tropical Paradise (Hovensa)
Floupe (under 100)
Winner – AARP Modern Day Fire Burn
First Runner up – Rigidims Festival
Second Runner Up – Gentlemen of Jones
Troupe (over 100)
Winner – The Gem of the VI (St. Croix Educational Complex)
First Runner Up – Lockhart and Associates
Troupe – (under 100)
Winner – WAPA Employees Festival
First Runner up – Arthur A Richards Junior High School
Second Runner Up – Central High School
Individual
Winner – Uncle Coffie and Tante Merle
Majorettes
Winner St. Croix Majorettes
Mocko Jumbies
Guardians of Our Culture (Ricardo Richards)
Steel Pan
Winner – St. Mary's Steel Pan Band
Masquerades
Winner – West End Masqueraders (Re-living Our Culture)
Road March Champion
Winner – Xtaushun Band: Gasoline (in the Fire House)
For photos from the parades, (See "Festival in Photos: 2005").
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