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UPDATE: 60th Festival winners announced @ closing ceremony

The full list of winners of this year’s Festival Parade was released last night August 9, 2014 at the closing ceremony held at the Iris Freeman Festiville in Road Town, Tortola, Virgin Islands. Above, VIBE is presented with their award for being judged Road March champs. Photo: VINO
Mighty Strawn, who was the guest artiste for the Calypso competition, received a special award. He is a well known calypsonian being around the craft for many years. Photo: VINO
Mighty Strawn, who was the guest artiste for the Calypso competition, received a special award. He is a well known calypsonian being around the craft for many years. Photo: VINO
This dancer, a part of the Anasazi Troupe, was dazzling in her costume and head-dress. She exemplifies the excitement and energy seen during the Festival parade yesterday August 4, 2014. Photo: VINO
This dancer, a part of the Anasazi Troupe, was dazzling in her costume and head-dress. She exemplifies the excitement and energy seen during the Festival parade yesterday August 4, 2014. Photo: VINO
Miss BVI 2014 Jaynene Jno Lewis during the Festival Parade yesterday August 4, 2014. Photo: VINO
Miss BVI 2014 Jaynene Jno Lewis during the Festival Parade yesterday August 4, 2014. Photo: VINO
The 'Living Coral Jamboree' Troupe. Photo: VINO
The 'Living Coral Jamboree' Troupe. Photo: VINO
Grand Marshal of yesterday's Festival Parade Mrs Beverly Hodge-Smith leading the way as the parade got underway. Photo: VINO
Grand Marshal of yesterday's Festival Parade Mrs Beverly Hodge-Smith leading the way as the parade got underway. Photo: VINO
Members of the 'Living Coral Jamboree' troupe. Photo: VINO
Members of the 'Living Coral Jamboree' troupe. Photo: VINO
One of the BVI Ultimate Sky Dancers. Photo: VINO
One of the BVI Ultimate Sky Dancers. Photo: VINO
Pure Royalty! Festival Parade August 4, 2014. Photo: VINO
Pure Royalty! Festival Parade August 4, 2014. Photo: VINO
Fete T’Niques Majorettes in action during the parade. Photo: VINO
Fete T’Niques Majorettes in action during the parade. Photo: VINO
From the 'Back to Basics' float. Photo: VINO
From the 'Back to Basics' float. Photo: VINO
The Tortola Sloop by HLSCC. Photo: VINO
The Tortola Sloop by HLSCC. Photo: VINO
Doing their routine to the music. Photo: VINO
Doing their routine to the music. Photo: VINO
Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers. Photo: VINO
Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers. Photo: VINO
Part of the XtraVIganza contingent in the early stages of the parade. Photo: VINO
Part of the XtraVIganza contingent in the early stages of the parade. Photo: VINO
Part of the Diamond Jubilee Troupe. Photo: VINO
Part of the Diamond Jubilee Troupe. Photo: VINO
BVI Ultimate Sky Dancers. Photo: VINO
BVI Ultimate Sky Dancers. Photo: VINO
Keeping watch and at the ready was Lady Vigilate. Photo: VINO
Keeping watch and at the ready was Lady Vigilate. Photo: VINO
Treasures of the BVI during the judging stage. Photo: VINO
Treasures of the BVI during the judging stage. Photo: VINO
More from Treasures of the BVI. Photo: VINO
More from Treasures of the BVI. Photo: VINO
Another part of the Treaures of the BVI contingent. Photo: VINO
Another part of the Treaures of the BVI contingent. Photo: VINO
Past Festival Queens and Miss BVIs. Photo: VINO
Past Festival Queens and Miss BVIs. Photo: VINO
The Anasazi Dancers in the later stages of the parade. Photo: VINO
The Anasazi Dancers in the later stages of the parade. Photo: VINO
The regional and international contingent at the parade. Photo: VINO
The regional and international contingent at the parade. Photo: VINO
Dancers getting ready to hit the road with their routine. Photo: VINO
Dancers getting ready to hit the road with their routine. Photo: VINO
Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers. Photo: VINO
Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers. Photo: VINO
Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers. Photo: VINO
Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers. Photo: VINO
Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers. Photo: VINO
Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers. Photo: VINO
Miss St. John Festival at yesterday's parade. Photo: VINO
Miss St. John Festival at yesterday's parade. Photo: VINO
Miss Jr BVI Tichina Penn at the parade. Photo: VINO
Miss Jr BVI Tichina Penn at the parade. Photo: VINO
Miss Gorgeous 2014 Donalin Michel during the parade. Photo: VINO
Miss Gorgeous 2014 Donalin Michel during the parade. Photo: VINO
The Limping Jack Way Back float. Photo: VINO
The Limping Jack Way Back float. Photo: VINO
The Limping Jack Way Back float. Photo: VINO
The Limping Jack Way Back float. Photo: VINO
The 'Back to Basics' float. Photo: VINO
The 'Back to Basics' float. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The full list of winners of this year’s Festival Parade was released last night August 9, 2014 at the closing ceremony held at the Iris Freeman Festiville in Road Town, Tortola, Virgin Islands.

Among those who claimed first places were the Children’s category of Treasures of the BVI, Klassique, Fete T’Niques, Black Spinners, BVI Ultimate skydancers, BVI Senior Citizens, Althea Scatliffe Twirling Striders among others.

During the ceremony two special awards were given, one to Radio ZBVI for their years of promoting Festival via their radio service and the other to Mighty Strawn who was the guest artiste for the Calypso competition. He is a well known calypsonian being around the craft for many years.

Below is the full list of winners as released by the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee.

2014 DIAMOND JUBILEE PARADE WINNERS:

TROUPE

CHILDREN

1ST PLACE TREASURES OF THE BVI
2ND PLACE BVI ANASAZI DANCERS

ADULTS

1ST PLACE KLASSIQUE
2ND PLACE XTRAVIGANZA
3RD PLACE BVI ANASAZI DANCERS

MAJORETTE

CHILDREN

1ST PLACE FETE T’NIQUES
2ND PLACE DYNAMIC TWIRLERS

ADULTS

1ST PLACE BLACK SPINNERS

MOKO JUMBIES

CHILDREN

1ST PLACE BVI ULTIMTE SKYDANCERS
2ND PLACE BVI ELITE SKY DANCERS

ADULTS

1ST PLACE BVI UTIMATE SKYDANCERS
2ND PLACE BVI ELITE SKYDANCERS

FLOUPE

1ST PLACE BVI SENIOR CITIZENS “A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST”
2ND PLACE ROTARY CLUBS OF BVI
3RD PLACE BVI CANCER SOCIETY

SCHOOL

1ST PLACE ALTHEA SCATLIFFE TWIRLING STRIDERS
2ND PLACE KLASSIQUE KIDS – ENID SCATLIFFE PRE-PRIMARY
3RD PLACE LIVING CORAL JAMBOREE

ADULT FLOAT

1ST PLACE XTRAVIGANZA
2ND PLACE MARVIN “MB” BLYDEN’S 60YRS IN FETEVILLE
3RD PLACE HLSCC PRESENTS “THE TORTOLA SLOOP” THE ORIGINAL VIRGIN ISLAND FERRY

TRADITIONAL INDIVIDUAL

1ST PLACE LIMPING JACK FROM WAY BACK
2ND PLACE THE SAILING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
3RD PLACE KAZAK

ROAD MARCH CHAMPIONS VIBE

See previous article published on August 5, 2014:

A brilliant display of colour & energy @ the 60th Festival Parade

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Befitting the Diamond Jubilee of Festival, yesterday’s August 4, 2014 parade was nothing short of spectacular as a kaleidoscope of colours was on display to mark 60 years of Festival celebrations paying homage to the struggles of the forefathers.

Young and old, local and foreigner, abled and differently-abled all came out in full bloom to celebrate the 60th. The troupes and revelers were representative of every sector of the society ranging from primary schools to the BVI Cancer Society to the BVI Ultimate Sky Dancers to past Miss BVI queens.

They all showed their solidarity with the theme of remembrance for the 60th Festival and they put on a show that will be spoken about for many years to come.

Thousands of persons lined the sides of the road along Waterfront Drive all the way to McNamara to catch a glimpse of the troupes and floats. Many persons especially those advanced in age brought with them foldable chairs some with a shelter roof so that they could rest their legs whenever the need arose.

Some of the floats reflected a simpler time – back to basics, traditional bartering, paying homage to the time following the emancipation of slaves in the Territory as the freed slaves worked to make a life for themselves, tilling the land and engaging in a simpler economic system devoid of monetary notes.

The BVI Cancer Society as expected had a float with a purpose – to spread awareness of the dreaded disease by sharing of information flyers as a cure is continually sought and the fight far from over.

The float ‘59 Years of Royalty’ featured past Festival Queens and Miss BVIs. On that truck stood a number of past queens whose beauty shone through even though it would have been decades since some of them were crowned queens – a testament that beauty is ageless.

While the parade was scheduled to commence at 11:30 am, the Grand Marshal of the parade Mrs Beverly Hodge-Smith made her way pass the judges’ tent sometime shortly before 2:00 pm. Thus made the 60 floats along the route and pass the judges and it took a few hours for all of them to be completed.

Not only did the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force have a presence on the streets to assist in control of the traffic and the crowd, but they also had a truck and a presence in the actual festivities. Their float featured information sharing on various aspects of the work of the RVIPF such as community policing and other efforts and initiatives.

There was also food available in abundance and it was almost as if it was a food festival with the number of outlets available for the purchase of food and drinks.

It was around 9:00 pm that the final floats and troupes made their way to the judges, following which they dissipated and disintegrated.

Clean up crews were very timely in their operations, commencing their clean up exercises almost immediately after the passing of the last troupe.

Up to post time the BVI Festival and Fairs Committee had not released results of the float and troupe parade.

19 Responses to “UPDATE: 60th Festival winners announced @ closing ceremony”

  • The sponsors (05/08/2014, 09:27) Like (71) Dislike (0) Reply
    It was a grand parade indeed. Big up to Lime, Digicel, CCT, and all those other sponsors. I have a question though. Why is it we never see any of those trust companies or law firms sponsor any local events? The make so much money here and never do any thing to give back. What happened to "corporate responsibility", "global strength & local impact," that they boast about? We certainly do not see it here.
    • Shame on the Corp (07/08/2014, 13:47) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
      There needs to be an implementation of "Corporate Tax" whereas those large corp like those Trust Companies here pay 1% of their earnings to the gov't. This money is in turned used to fund various outlets within the communities in which the companies are located. This is done in Cayman, Panama, Turks, many other countries around the world. If it was an event for Ceder School the list would have been endless! Get with the times BVI!
    • Future (10/08/2014, 16:10) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Just because you don't see their names listed as a sponsor, does not mean they don't contribute. The telecommunications company in still their names in many of the advertisement even if they only donate cups, towels and such. I know of a law firm that did donate to the HLSCC Debate team, enough to take the entire team off island to a particular debate in another country and got a line mention of recognition. Check the government website. I can't say for all but some trust companies and law firms donate to schools and such. Some of them sponsor schools. So some do give back.
      • Mich (12/08/2014, 03:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Thats because its educational. If it does not have n e thing to do with education they dnt sponsor
  • Strupes (05/08/2014, 09:54) Like (33) Dislike (10) Reply
    What happen to the promised 11 am start?????
  • Colourful (05/08/2014, 11:07) Like (16) Dislike (2) Reply
    Very Colourful parade. The only problem I had with yesterday's parade is it started too late. Do not have people especially the seniors sitting from from 11 am to 8:30 p.m.
  • pat (05/08/2014, 11:41) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
    Seems long and disorgsnised
  • weed (05/08/2014, 12:39) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    too much gaps but was a great parade
  • Greatest (05/08/2014, 17:42) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    We have to appreciate what we have until we get what we want. If the revellers are not in time for the parade as much as we would like to begin without who are not there who are we gonna begin with without those participating. We surely don't want an empty trail. I think for the sixtieth celebration it was great having the returning residents taking part in all aspects of the events.
    • xxxxxxxx (06/08/2014, 07:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      I understand your concerns but we need to think about nation building rather than personal interest.
  • Watch we (10/08/2014, 16:19) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    Put all jokes aside Klassique (Ministry of Education and Culture) came up against the big troupe masters and what they did........ "THEM PUT ON A SHOW". Congratulations to Harriette Riviera and her team for a job done to perfection. Sorry darlin you can't retire now, the show just began. Stay tune for Klassique next year. 1st place - just awesome!!!!!
    • Interesting (10/08/2014, 18:06) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
      I was in the village last night when they announced Klassique as the winner of the adult category and every around was asking who they were. No one could remember their costume, routine or even the fact there was a troupe by that name. Oh well. Stranger things have happened.
    • Nooooooo (11/08/2014, 01:54) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
      The judges don't think. Everybody has seen the parade young, old and in between. That troupe was good but not great all they had were pretty costumes and a good routine. In my eyes and I'm sure in some other eyes treasures of the bvi deserved to win. Because they didn't have a costume means that they don't win or even place. THEY HAD THE BEST ADULT ROUTINE IN THE PARADE. Well the judges decision is final but it wasn't the best one.
  • Congrats! (10/08/2014, 16:49) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations and BIG UPS to Klassique for winning Best Adult Troupe for the Virgin Islands 60th Emancipation Celebrations. Kudos to Ms. Harriet Riviera and Ms. Khadija Clarke for coordinating everything about the troupe including costumes and dance routines. Kudos as well to every member of the troupe for pulling it off together; your colourful costumes and classically exuberant dance moves were sensational yet rather appropriate.
  • cay (10/08/2014, 17:34) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    big ups to all winners
  • Star (10/08/2014, 18:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope we do not have controversy over the winners
  • Job Well Done (10/08/2014, 22:28) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Klassique was one of the only troupes that did their routine at every demonstration spot. They were nicely dressed including fully covered. Routine wowed the judges and their formation of that 60 was clean! Congrats to Harriette Riviera and her team, a job well done. They didn't come to win they came to have fun and so they did. To the other troupes well done also but their can only be one winner.


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