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Going Virtual May Increase Awareness of Christmas Festival, Turnbull Says

The pandemic has forced many events from around the world to go virtual, and the 2020-2021 Virtual Crucian Christmas Festival is no different, but Ian Turnbull said the virtual festival will achieve greater recognition than prior years.
'Mighty Pat' sings in the 2019 Calypso Monarch competition, capturing the second runner-up title. (Sourc file photo by Melody Rames)

Calypsonian Mighty Pat Records ‘I Can’t Breathe’ and ‘Coronavirus’

Calypsonian Samuel "Mighty Pat" Ferdinand has released two new songs, “I Can’t Breathe,” in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests, and “Coronavirus,” to encourage reflection of the global pandemic.
Twins Luciah Polius and Loreli Hedrington serve up food as their grandmother and great aunt did for 20 years.

St. John Folklife Festival Starts Thursday

The Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument will hold the 29th annual St. John Folklife Festival Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The festival is free to attend, and all ages are welcome.
Participants in the 2019-2020 Crucian Christmas Festival Parade wait neat Claude O. Markoe School for the parade to finally get going. (Source photo by Don Buchanan)

Festival Division, WTJX to Tackle Nudity and Vulgarity Concerns

Nudity, vulgarity and the simulation of sexual acts during Virgin Island festivals has been a controversial subject on social media for several years. Sen. Myron Jackson opened a hearing Monday saying it was time to start the discussion in earnest.

We Deh Yah Quadrille Dancers to Sashay Through Italy and France

St. Croix’s We Deh Yah Quadrille Dancers have been invited to participate in the World Folkloric Festival in Europe.

$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.
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.

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