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Long Bush Xmas parade 2013 in living colour - video exclusive

Local photographer John F. Black has captured and produced on video, the celebration and excitement that was the 2013 Long Bush Parade. Image: John F. Black
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - For the residents of Road Town and the surrounding areas, there is no Christmas without the now popular Long Bush Christmas parade. Christmas in the Virgin Islands is held on December 25, each year to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a public holiday.

The typical Long Bush parade is filled with glitz, revelers, floats and adornments from numerous groups with the now signature Christmas colours of red, white, green and blue.

The way in which this parade is celebrated often incorporates traditions such as troupes and floats accompanied by local music and includes groups which also participated in the Virgin Islands [Tortola] August Emancipation Festival.

Both young and old, men and women dance the route passing through Long Bush, Lower Estate, all the way to Huntums Ghut, moving to the sound of sweet calypso music with a mixture of some Holiday songs while dressed in their colorful costumes, some even wearing masks.

If you believe in Santa Claus then you can even find him at the Long Bush Christmas Day parade with all his helpers dressed to work or workup.  No question is to be asked on how Santa got there! Some of his helpers could be seen on roller skates, as stilt-walking Moko Jumbies, and others on top of big trucks.

As night fell on the 2013 Long Bush Parade, it turned into a festival of lights so none of the delightfully dressed persons in the parade will be missed, even as some were showing a little skin.

The revelers at the parade had enough energy and inviting dance workup moves to replace the BVI Electricity Corporation just up the road. You could not help, but be impressed with the blaze of colours as you knew it was still Christmas.

The creativity of the costumes had to capture your imagination, the passion of both those who danced in the parade or those who simply line the parade route or those who took a look from their houses high up along the Capital’s parade route.

But wait, hold up! Where can I see this again? You are at the right place, as what has now become his signature, Photographer John F.  Black has captured in full living colour and excitement, the songs, the lights, the dance moves, the music, the parade.  Sit back and just click on the video play button. We guarantee you will not want to miss next year’s Long Bush Parade.


Long Bush Xmas Parade 2013 from John F Black Films on Vimeo.

32 Responses to “Long Bush Xmas parade 2013 in living colour - video exclusive”

  • tom (28/12/2013, 13:01) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is nice
    • weed (28/12/2013, 13:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      yea good works again Mr. John Kudos
      • foxy (28/12/2013, 19:35) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
        i have seen better sorry
        • fair is fair (03/01/2014, 18:59) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          Are you talking about the parade itself or Mr Black's work?
          I think the other are referring to Mr Black's work in putting together the video whereas you appear to be talking about the parade itself.
    • BEAUTY (05/01/2014, 13:42) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is a beautiful girl with a great smile. Great cover photo and wonderful end to 2013.
  • ... (28/12/2013, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    very great right up vino
  • farmer brown (28/12/2013, 13:08) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lawd ayo tola people does go on bad mehson
  • xxxxxxxx (28/12/2013, 13:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    You may need to have a good heart when watching
  • end game (28/12/2013, 13:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ha ha might be showing too much skin for some…lawd look workup deman
  • jazz (28/12/2013, 13:27) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The sentence that really grabbed me in this article; "No question is to be asked on how Santa got there! Some of his helpers could be seen on roller skates, as stilt-walking Moko Jumbies, and others on top of big trucks"..good creative writing VINO.
  • fish (28/12/2013, 13:36) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kudos to the Boynes for keeping this up....job well done john black
  • DON Q (28/12/2013, 13:45) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    3 thumps up
  • Davis (28/12/2013, 13:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    The comments highlight very real perspectives... BAM
    • GoonSquad (28/12/2013, 19:05) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      Some of you people got no respect for god or man as I think the idea of a Christmas parade is of poor taste and tacky. We need to remember that Christmas is the day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ as the article say not to jump up in the streets half dress.
  • P*ss (28/12/2013, 14:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Joe black hit it big again with this one
  • church (28/12/2013, 14:59) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    cant beleive this kind of behavour on a holy day like christmas not good
    • Bill (29/12/2013, 12:33) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
      hush the bvi is full of so call christians half them are hypocrits
      • @ Bill (29/12/2013, 13:16) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        I will never apologize for being a Christian.
      • Cal (29/12/2013, 21:24) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        To: Bill

        Christians do not need to prove anything to you by behaving in any certain way. But it is our duty to share the truth of Christ with you where we can...and extend a special invitation to you to join the heavenly family.

        Open your heart and mind...and you will "hear" the Spirit of truth. If you listen to him and act on his message, your eyes will be opened and you will no longer make such judgmental statements.

        Please read John 3:16.
  • goerge w touch (28/12/2013, 18:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Love it vino heard it was on fb
  • one eye (29/12/2013, 13:14) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Do these women know how silly they look in those hot santa dress in the tropics?
  • rattie (29/12/2013, 20:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice, to vino and john!!! those reindeer remind me of magic city….
  • BRONZE NAZARETH (30/12/2013, 14:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of us are good at COONING and some of us are not.
  • ok (03/01/2014, 16:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We know its a family thing but come on man, why dont you allow other people to be a part of it? You have the family band, the family troops and only friends of the family taking part. The public will love to contribute, its a great idea. Dont say you cant pay because people will do it for free. Let the thing grow. More troops and more bands.
  • princess ky (13/04/2014, 19:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love it this is beauty we are talking about

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