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Governor Mapp pleased with STT Children’s Carnival

'Jammin' to the music! Photo: VI Consortium
Revellers in the Adult parade on Saturday April 30, 2016. Photo: VI Consortium
Revellers in the Adult parade on Saturday April 30, 2016. Photo: VI Consortium
In her flambuoyant costume. Photo: VI Consortium
In her flambuoyant costume. Photo: VI Consortium
Getting low to the beat of the music. Photo: VI Consortium
Getting low to the beat of the music. Photo: VI Consortium
Pretty maids all in a row! Photo: VI Consortium
Pretty maids all in a row! Photo: VI Consortium
Having fun in the parade. Photo: VI Consortium
Having fun in the parade. Photo: VI Consortium
Brilliant colours were seen throughout the parade. Photo: VI Consortium
Brilliant colours were seen throughout the parade. Photo: VI Consortium
Participants having fun. Photo: VI Consortium
Participants having fun. Photo: VI Consortium
DJ's spinning the music for the revellers. Photo: VI Consortium
DJ's spinning the music for the revellers. Photo: VI Consortium
Governor of the USVI Kenneth E. Mapp enjoying the parade. Photo: VI Consortium
Governor of the USVI Kenneth E. Mapp enjoying the parade. Photo: VI Consortium
One of the beauty queens taking part in the St Thomas Carnival parade. Photo: VI Consortium
One of the beauty queens taking part in the St Thomas Carnival parade. Photo: VI Consortium
VI CONSORTIUM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, St Thomas, USVI - Governor of the United States Virgin Islands Kenneth E. Mapp on Friday April 29, 2016 said he was pleased to see a strong turnout — at least in the carnival square where all main performances traditionally take place (there were complaints of low turnouts throughout the carnival route) — for the Children’s Parade, which has struggled with attendance in recent years.

The territory’s leader, his second year enjoying St. Thomas Carnival as governor, said carnival highlights the culture of the Virgin Islands, and is part of the fabric that knits its people. He also reminded that this year is the 64th year that carnival is being celebrated in the territory.

Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter, echoing the governor on the importance of carnival, also credited the season for providing some of the most lucrative weeks for vendors. Mr. Potter, a stronger reveler himself, has been all smiles during the season, being spotted in j’ouvert and blending seamlessly with the people he was elected to serve.

Former Governor Charles Turnbull, his wife, Mr. Mapp and Mr. Potter sitting in the same area, told The Consortium that carnival is a longstanding tradition for him, and stated that his first foray in the festivities came at age 17.

The event saw 35 entries this year, most bringing performances fit for carnival. 

When 10:00 a.m. Saturday April 30, 2016 arrived, which is when the Adults Parade was supposed to start, rain was pouring as if to signal to revelers, go home; “de party don”, as Caribbean people would say. The rain huffed, it puffed, but it failed to send home the thousands of visitors and residents alike who were lined up along the parade route, and those set to participate in the event.

By the time the sun was setting, the last entry made had made its way to the main performing area. By then, rainfall was an afterthought.

7 Responses to “Governor Mapp pleased with STT Children’s Carnival”

  • mmm (02/05/2016, 21:52) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
    Love dat deeds women wid der big bellies ain't afraid to show some pudding. Brap brap
  • wez iz shitz (02/05/2016, 22:34) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rock city carnival is so nice and colorful while ours here is being killed by the NDP gang. Yo don't hear people in st.thomas being owed for months and besides they don't have a barrage of international artists like we do. Their carnival does be on budget and well attended and organized.
    • cant afford to take my entire family (02/05/2016, 22:59) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      It is also free while we in tola have to pay thru our @$$#$ in town, carrot bay and east end which is sheer shite.
  • youth movement (02/05/2016, 22:42) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Miss p them so need to get with the times and stop living in the past.
  • just asking... (03/05/2016, 08:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    here is Ms. BVI?


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