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"Butterflies" journey through the streets, greeting the Carnival crowd.

Tourism’s Division of Festivals Planning STT Carnival Events

Preps for the 68th St. Thomas Carnival celebration are ongoing and promise a colorful range of cuisine, music, and people. Under the new management of the V.I. Department of Tourism's Division of Festivals, this year’s themed event All Eyes on We for 2020 runs from April 4 to May 3, with new festivities added to the calendar.

STX Festival Season Kicks Off with ‘Carnival Meets the Runway’

It is officially the beginning of festival season on St. Croix and Alvin Burke Jr.’s sixth annual "Carnival Meets the Runway" kicked it off with a bang Saturday. The night brought together Crucian Christmas Festival parade troupes and included a variety of entertainment.

$2.7 Million for New “Division of Festivals” Surprises Senators

Senators on Thursday pressed officials of the V.I. Tourism Department about the new Division of Festivals and how to increase flights into the territory at a meeting of the Economic Development, Regulations and Agriculture Committee.

USVI Mourns Cultural Icon Lena Schulterbrandt

The U.S. Virgin Islands is mourning the loss of Lena Schulterbrandt, one of its cultural icons, who has been long recognized as a champion of the tradition and heritage on her home island of St. Croix.

More Cruise Ships Likely to be Turned Away In Coming Year

During a meeting of WICO’s board of directors, Director of Marine and Cruise Operations Mark Sabino said things like berth size, Port Authority contracts, and scheduling conflicts create a perfect storm for losing tourism revenue.
Miss St. John Festival Queen Lenisha Richards and Junior Miss St. John Festival Tamyra Bartlette were on hand for the village opening. (Source photo by Amy Roberts)

St. John’s Festival Village Opens

“Come early, stay late, and full yoh belly up!” was the call to action by several platform guests Friday night as they officially opened the village at St. John’s July 4th Festival.
Visitors peruse the goods at the 2019 St. John Festival Food Fair. (Source photo by Raven Phillips)

STJ Food Fair Serves Culture, Honors Committee

The 2019 St. John Festival Food Fair attracted residents and visitors to Cruz Bay Sunday for the wide selection of local dishes and crafts on sale. Guests stepping off the ferry were immediately greeted with the smell of fresh fruit and Caribbean cooking, the sounds of music and revelry, and the Love City hospitality and culture.
U.S. Virgin Islands Assistant Commissioner of Tourism Elizabeth Hansen Watley with journalist and filmmaker Peter Bailey in Charleston, South Carolina for presentation of Bailey's documentary, "The Unbreakable Virgin Islanders." (Photo by Department of Tourism)

USVI Promoting Carnival and Festivals

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism has launched a summer campaign to market the islands' carnival and festivals. Following passage of Legislative Act 8153, Commissioner of Tourism Joseph Boschulte now has the department promoting and managing festival tourism with a busy summer schedule.
Newly crowned 2019 Junior Miss St. John Festival Tamyra Bartlette and 2019 Miss St. John Festival Queen Lenisha Richards.

Lenisha Richards Crowned STJ Festival Queen

Lenisha Richards, 18, was crowned the 2019 Miss St. John Festival Queen. Tamyra Bartlette, 13, was crowned Junior Miss St. John Festival and, as the only contenders for their titles, Lemuel Liburd III and Elizabeth Farrell were crowned the 2019 St. John Festival Prince and Princess.
Festival royalty, front row, from left: Lemuel Liburd, 2018 Festival Princess A’mrii Jones, and Elizabeth Farrell. Back row, from left: Je’Nique Sylvester, Zakiyah Gregoire, 2018 Festival Queen Chenijah Dawson, Tamyra Bartlette and Lenisha Richards.

2019 St. John Festival Royalty Take the Stage Saturday

Five young women and one young man will participate in the 2019 St. John Festival Royalty Selection Pageant beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday in the lot of the old Lumberyard in Cruz Bay.

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