Shikima Jones-Sprauve sings the Nationwide Anthem. On-stage dignataries embody Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. and Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach. (Supply photograph by Amy Roberts)
“Come early, keep late, and full yoh stomach up!” was the decision to motion by a number of platform company Friday night time as they formally opened the village at St. John’s July 4th Pageant.
St. John is celebrating its 65th 12 months of carnival by honoring the members of the volunteer carnival committee, who’ve given their time all through the years. This 12 months the village is called Membersville as a tribute to them. Subsequent 12 months, for the primary time, the pageant can be organized by the V.I. Division of Tourism as an alternative of the volunteer committee.
The Love Metropolis Pan Dragons, led by the rising metal pan-star Ronald Lee Jr., started the night’s leisure as the gang gathered in Cruz Bay. Pastor Carlyle Sampson gave the blessing, and Island Administrator Shikima Jones-Sprauve sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and the “Virgin Islands March.” Then Delroy “Ital” Anthony blew the conch in reminiscence of the committee members who’ve handed away.
Dignitaries together with Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., Lt. Gov. Tregenza Roach, senators, and carnival royalty shared the stage with committee members, who wore brilliant inexperienced T-shirts. A number of spoke, however stored their remarks transient.
Ronald Lee Jr., in mild blue, leads the Pan Dragons. (Supply photograph by Amy Roberts)
Senator Myron Jackson stated, “We thank Dr. Gilbert Sprauve and the members of the committee who’ve labored laborious to maintain our heritage alive. It’s been 65 years that folks first got here with their baskets and donkeys to rejoice Emancipation [of the enslaved] on July three after which July 4th.”
“Out of the ashes we rise. Allow us to all keep in mind the spirit of freedom and fireplace,” stated Delegate-to-Congress Stacey Plaskett.
Senator-at-large Steven Payne complimented the members of the committee and informed the viewers, “Folks come to Love Metropolis to fall in love with the folks, meals, and leisure. Inform your loved ones and mates that Membersville is the place to be.”
Associates Marcy George and Utah Ferguson get pleasure from assembly up within the village. (Supply photograph by Amy Roberts)
“We’re Quantity One in terms of mas,” agreed committee member Jane Johannes, who then added some phrases of recommendation. “Should you’re driving and you are feeling drunk, park in anyone’s yard. And if you happen to’re feeling your legs aren’t beneath you, keep there. Nobody will miss you!”
Utah Ferguson, a retired nurse and instructor who had been residing in New York, returned to St. John to rejoice carnival and discover previous mates, together with Marcy George.
“I met up with a classmate of mine from Charlotte Amalie Excessive Faculty from 1954,” Ferguson stated. “We’re having fun with the music, meals, and mates.”
Miss St. John Pageant Queen Lenisha Richards and Junior Miss St. John Pageant Tamyra Bartlette had been available for the village opening. (Supply photograph by Amy Roberts)
Following the slicing of the ribbon formally opening the village, the band Ish took to the stage, adopted by Ah We Band, Xtreme Band, and Cool Session Brass.
Leisure continues each night time within the village via Thursday, July four.
The kids’s village, which opened Saturday night time on the parking zone close to the Virgin Islands Nationwide Park playground, can be open from 6 to 9 p.m. via July four. The kids’s village has been operated by members of the St. John Rotary Membership for the previous 10 years, stated organizer BJ Harris. This 12 months, members of the Freshwater Church are working apart from them, and subsequent 12 months the church will take over the management. Volunteers are nonetheless wanted for the subsequent a number of evenings, Harris stated.
St. John Pageant 2019 Occasions:
– 1 p.m., Pageant Emancipation Program on the Cruz Bay Customs parking zone. St. Johnians are already in rehearsal for the normal play that commemorates the day of July three, 1848, when slavery was abolished.
– 6 p.m., Pageant Torchlight Parade, Cruz Bay Customs parking zone.
– Dawn, J’ouvert within the V.I. Nationwide Park.
– 9 p.m., Fireworks, Cruz Bay Harbor.
Membesville volunteers Aliah Lockhart, Alecia Wells, and Enid Doway get pleasure from opening night time. (Supply photograph by Amy Roberts)
– 5 p.m., Moist Fete in Frank Powell Park.
– Midday, Poker Run, Cruz Bay Harbor.
The Village musical lineup is:
Sunday, June 30
Monday, July 1
Tuesday, July 2
Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons and Asylum Band
Wednesday, July three
(Sponsored by Presidente)
Superior Jam Band
Nadia Baston & Sass Band
Thursday, July four
(Sponsored by Stoli)
Deh Zone Band
Cool Session Brass
The sponsors of the pageant village embody, Captain Morgan’s Rum, Coors Lite, St. John Brewers, the Virgin Islands Port Authority, the V.I. Lottery, the Division of Tourism and the Water and Energy Authority.