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Revelers turn St John into a wet fete for J’ouvert morning

Revelers turned St John into a wet fete for J’ouvert morning. Photo: VIC

ST JOHN, USVI — The 2016 St John Festival comes to a head today, July 4, 2016 with a parade in Cruz Bay. But the island’s j’ouvert morning event was nothing to scuff at, as visiting revelers joined local ones — led by troupe J’ouvertNation and Trinidad Soca artist Shurwayne Wynchester — celebrated with wild dancing around the town to pulsating Soca music, and a truck full of water.

It was a wet fete fit for any carnival.

The j’ouvert event started late, around 7:00 a.m., but once the party commenced, there were no lulls. Revelers — among them an abundance of women in dressed in limited wear — forgot about their cares and moved to the commands of Mr. Wynchester, who sang some of his biggest hits. Troupe organizers, equipped with paint, water and powder, carelessly flung the aforementioned items into the air and onto partygoers, who barely noticed the distraction — too consumed by the music, the bodies next to theirs, the euphoric atmosphere that enveloped the streets of Cruz Bay this morning — to care.

The night before, partygoers had gathered at the festival village to listen to multiple artists. But while the bands played well, the intermissions were long and some eventgoers expressed frustration. The last band, Triple Kay out of Dominica — to no fault of theirs — left the stage after 4:00 a.m. and were force-stopped by officials who were concerned that the band’s performance would impede on j’ouvert activities. So the overwhelmingly enjoyable j’ouvert morning event worked as compensation to those who were turned off the night before.

Revelers moved their waists, jumped around and went down low. Some men could be seen shifting through the crowd and sifting through attitudes, looking for women who would not protest if they were to feel the sweaty bodies of the opposite sex on their behinds.

Most did not complain, as Mr. Wynchester encouraged men to “take a wine” on the ladies — the idea of a man dancing behind a woman, even if he doesn’t know her, in the spirit of carnival.

The tramp around Cruz Bay, as with many euphoric things, was fleeting. It was as if the time took a leap forward and reverted back to normal once j’ouvert was over, just after 8:00 a.m.

9 Responses to “Revelers turn St John into a wet fete for J’ouvert morning”

  • ccc (04/07/2016, 18:05) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    And it was peaceful
  • bvi up (04/07/2016, 19:07) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
    we had more people at the block party than St John LOL
    • SheepTurntUP (06/07/2016, 09:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @BVI Up.....been hearing VIlanders talking about block party, what BLOCK YOU TALKING BOUT, you mean the Village party. Swear some of us trying to hard to be American and watching too much freaking TV!!!!
  • Boo (04/07/2016, 20:19) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow those two mampee on the right look like they mash up the place with them big bumper!
  • Americas best (05/07/2016, 08:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wet tee shirt contests and hot dogs. What made America great.
    • Stopit!! (07/07/2016, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Them need to stop wetting down people at these Jouvert. When them salting get wet up and things start to print out more what then? Both men and women, and them big women with wet pads, what will be running down their legs. Them better keep out of that Jouvert. Don't bring that style to Tola, buddeh.
  • jack (05/07/2016, 15:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Much prayers needed for those who participate in such sinful behaviour.
  • jah know (06/07/2016, 08:16) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Tola Jouvert going be turn up !

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