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UPDATE: Parade not in East End but Road Town on Sat August 12, 2017

- Was Trefor A. Grant overridden by the Minister of Culture Walwyn?
There seems to be conflicting information emerging from the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) in regards to the Road Town parade joining the East End parade. Photo: Internet Source
Following a meeting with Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), another statement emerged from the Festival and Fairs Committee that is contradicting what Chairman, Mr. Trefor A. Grant had previously stated. Photo: VINO/File
Following a meeting with Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn (AL), another statement emerged from the Festival and Fairs Committee that is contradicting what Chairman, Mr. Trefor A. Grant had previously stated. Photo: VINO/File
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIFFC), Mr Trefor A. Grant, stated that the Parade has been postponed until the August Wednesday Parade on August 9, 2017 in East End and all troupes are invited to come out and join that parade. Photo: VINO
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIFFC), Mr Trefor A. Grant, stated that the Parade has been postponed until the August Wednesday Parade on August 9, 2017 in East End and all troupes are invited to come out and join that parade. Photo: VINO
A rainy Road Town today August 7, 2017 has caused the parade to be postponed. Photo: VINO
A rainy Road Town today August 7, 2017 has caused the parade to be postponed. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - There seems to be conflicting information emerging from the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC).

It was around 3:30 PM today Monday, August 7, 2017 that Festival Committee Chairman Trefor A. Grant told reporters and the public that the Road Town parade has been postponed due to the bad weather and asked that all troops and others join in the East End Parade scheduled for Wednesday August 9, 2017, another public holiday.

However, following a meeting this evening after Grant's announcement first reported by our newsroom with Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), another statement emerged by the Festival and Fairs Committee contradicting what Mr. Grant had stated.

 Not Wednesday it’s on Saturday

According to the new information, the Parade will not go to East End, on Wednesday as was previously stated, however, the Road Town Parade is now scheduled for Saturday August 12, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. in Road Town to close out the festivities in the Village that same night.

It's unclear if the parade route will be the same, and how it will affect traffic, commerce and residents who have to work on that Saturday seeing that it is not a public holiday.

The Virgin Islands is under a flash flood watch that produced heavy rain fall forcing the Traditional August Monday parade in Road Town on the main Island of Tortola to be cancelled for the first time in some 30 years. 

See article previously published August 7, 2017

In the first for more than 30 years, the highly anticipated August Monday Parade, set for today August 7, 2017, has been postponed due to inclement weather.

According to Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIFFC) Mr Trefor A. Grant, the Parade has been postponed until the August Wednesday Parade on August 9, 2017 in East End and all troupes are invited to come out and join that parade.

The parade did get off to a start, however, with the downpours, it forced the troupes to seek shelter.

Up to press time, the rain continues to pour heavily in Road Town.

Meanwhile, senior officials within the VIFFC, speaking exclusively to our news room, informed us that a meeting of the Festival and Fairs Committee is expected to be convened shortly at which time a final decision is to be made on the way forward. 

We will update our readers on the outcome of that meeting when it becomes available.

34 Responses to “UPDATE: Parade not in East End but Road Town on Sat August 12, 2017”

  • jimmy (07/08/2017, 16:17) Like (28) Dislike (27) Reply
    Nonsense. How about bring east end to town?
  • ..... (07/08/2017, 16:18) Like (31) Dislike (29) Reply
    This is a sign that we need to get rid of the sinful NDP government. o_O
  • visitor (07/08/2017, 16:24) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dread i leaving wedensday
  • That's great!!! (07/08/2017, 16:38) Like (73) Dislike (12) Reply
    Too much carnality!! Our ansestors would die again to see what we have done to emancipation. It's an insult to their fight for freedom. Look what we have turned it into... Dry sexing in the view of minors. Disgusting almost naked women. It is just nasty. I am happy for this down pour of nature's disapproval. Kudos mother nature. Bring on your version of emancipation!!!! Who vex, vex
    • @that's great!!! (07/08/2017, 17:23) Like (9) Dislike (30) Reply
      Because ppl don't do things your way it's an issue. How about there were no incidents in the rise and shine why can't you commend the people for that? Negativity is not going get you anywhere. Who you think you is to past Judgement? Thank God we are free and we can jump up because if we were slaves we wouldn't of being able to.
      • Wake Up!!!! (07/08/2017, 19:39) Like (23) Dislike (5) Reply
        Our ancestors are weeping at the worthless behaviour that many choose to term as celebrating emancipation!!!!

        You think they were dry humping back then when they were freed???!???!!
        • Belonger With A Broad Perspective (08/08/2017, 12:24) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
          @That's Great & @ Wake up...Really?!?! Is this what your brain really convinced your fingers to type?lol Please ayo tek several seats and relax! None of us including myself know what our ancestors would say or do. One thing for sure is our ancestors were doing more than dry humping. They were reproducing. Proof found in large families with 5 or more children. Don't get it twisted. I'm not upset. Just saying what others won't.
    • @That's great (07/08/2017, 17:58) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      I'mean highly with you !!!!!
    • elegal (07/08/2017, 18:13) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ That's great. well said whoever you are. It's shame what we've become after they thought soo hard.
    • @that's great!!! (07/08/2017, 21:39) Like (10) Dislike (9) Reply
      So sad that you see our festivities the way you do. As I moved along the parade route today and looked at all the tents erected by those who were looking forward to making a few dollars, I was so disheartened thinking that some of them probably used their little savings in the hopes of making more to pay bills. They probably sacrificed paying a bill or two to invest in what should have been a profitable day for them and all you can come on here and write about is your distaste for the way the troupes dress? You are probably angry for your own personal reasons and that is a problem only you can deal with.
      For you to say you are happy for the downpour when so many have suffered loss goes to show the type of individual you are. Pray for forgiveness for your wicked thoughts.
  • first time (07/08/2017, 16:50) Like (27) Dislike (3) Reply
    I am over 40 years old and never ever have I experience such a downpour on August Monday. It always always hold up just in time. This is a first. Is this a sign?
  • Barbie (07/08/2017, 17:53) Like (6) Dislike (4) Reply
    Instead of troupe going to East End, why not have the parade on Saturday afternoon.
    This way you're guarantee to have a full house at the closing.
    • Guest (07/08/2017, 18:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Because most of the revelers/participants in the troupes who have stayed most of the summer to practice are not planing on traveling from Thursday and Saturday to enjoy the remaining vacation time they have...SMDH.....
  • officer (07/08/2017, 18:51) Like (6) Dislike (3) Reply
    Yes I think that's what need to be done this year one big bash in East end if the rain stop no need for two parade
  • Missy (07/08/2017, 19:31) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    ypu people who dont have any thing nice to say stay off the blog
  • Signs (07/08/2017, 20:13) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    I look around me I see prophecies full filling and the signs of the time they are appearing everywhere. I can almost hear the father saying son go get your children because at the midnight cry the bride of Christ may come. Hey man time for a change God is encharged hear the voice of the Father.
  • Law Abiding citizen (07/08/2017, 21:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Does this mean the Village/Coney Island will extend another week??
    • vi (08/08/2017, 19:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Coney Island done pack up their rides in their respective trailers from today, Tuesday
  • look trouble (07/08/2017, 21:21) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ehh, wa the news reporter sa, so there's no need for anyone to ethier vex, sad or whatever the case may be, that umm at least they shift it on as different day. So who miss it, that's their problem, not ours so I give thx for moving the parade on that day
  • Turn to the Lord (07/08/2017, 21:26) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    We are still not listening. We are hearing from heaven and still we wouldn't turn to the Lord. This is the wrath of the Almightly and we still too dumb to fall on our knees.
  • rain rain go away (07/08/2017, 21:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    myron showing ayo he got power
  • Don't mind USA (07/08/2017, 21:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is my first carnival in the BVI. And I am loving it. By putting off the parade untill the 12th, I have a good excuse to stay longer in the BVI from all the every day stress in the USA. Everyone here is so nice, the culture is woww.
  • @Missy (07/08/2017, 21:44) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    I agree with you. I can't for the life of me figure out the mentality of my people. Always negative and wishing bad on others. Can't be jealousy, please help shed some light on where that negative way of thinking comes from and what can be done to change it.
  • nonsense (07/08/2017, 23:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    When the water stop pouring and the morning comes , we will be faced with so many problems , their will be no time for Carnival. Too much mess to clean up. People ain't got time with no fun after this.
  • Observer (08/08/2017, 12:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    I wouldn't be surprised if the rain came down on the day of the EE/LL Parade. If it does, it's a sign that both parades should emerge as one whether in EE or RT. I think it be very enjoyable for the people who come to watch the parade minus those who don't like to see 'fete-ing' 'dry humping' Our ancestors won't be proud, but it's been like this for years. What can we do? Not like we can change the minds of people who enjoy and like this way of celebrating, majority rules. I don't mind the way we're celebrating, long as we're not killing each other.
  • Voter of 7th (08/08/2017, 15:55) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Emancipation took place in Long Look and it's time for the east to play a big part in the emancipation festivities. Time to correct that error that has been going on for years making people think the sunday morning have significance when it comes to our emancipation. I don't see anything wrong in having the big parade in the east there is where it all began and we should show our gratitude and respect for where it all began. Would also like to see more of the history included in the celebration
  • ??? (08/08/2017, 19:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What two parades are you all talking about? East End parade is just left overs from Town. One and a quarter parade might be a better term.


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