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43rd USVI-BVI Friendship Day Celebrated on St. Thomas

The premier of the British Virgin Islands and a delegation from the BVI spent Saturday on St. Thomas to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of USVI-BVI Friendship Day.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp welcomed D. Orlando Smith, OBE, and other BVI dignitaries to the festivities themed “ties across the water that bind us.”

Activities began with a local breakfast at the historic Catherineberg estate. Members of the USVI Senate, former Gov. Charles Turnbull and other officials joined the BVI delegation to kick off the celebration.

A history and culture presentation followed at the Reichhold Center of the Arts, where vendors provided samples of foods, snacks and crafts native to Virgin Island culture.

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The Charlotte Amalie High School Hawks concert choir performed, as did BVI singers Kenrico Christoper and Kaywanna Pope. St. Croix’s AY-AY Cultural Dance company entertained with classic quadrille dancing.

The Caribbean Ritual Dancers also performed.

Mapp said, “Our islands share a unique culture and a deep connection that families have shared between these islands for generations and it must be celebrated.”

Mapp said the 2018 USVI/BVI Friendship Day would take place on St. Croix for the first time since its inception.

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