Virgin Islands Carnival 2013 kicked into high gear on Friday evening, April 19, 2013, with the opening of Carnival Village, “Chico’s Tropical Parad-Ice”, honoring Sir Frederick (Chico) Anthony Larsen of Chico’s Distributing. Chico is popularly known as ‘the Ice Man” as his Company has been distributing ice to the Village for over 25 years.
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony by elected Government Officials and Carnival Royalty, Queen Adisha Penn and her Court and Princess LaZonique Phillip and her Court, of the Adult and Children’s Villages respectively, there were a few welcoming speeches. Kenneth Blake, Chairperson of the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee gave the opening remarks, and then there were speeches given by Police Commissioner, Rodney Querrard, Delegate to Congress, Donna Christensen, Senate President, Shawn Michael Malone, and Lt. Governor, Gregory Francis. The honoree, Sir Frederick “Chico” Anthony Larsen was then presented with his award and he expressed his gratitude for being given this honor at a young age and dedicated it to his late father. He also thanked his family for their continuous support. Shayla Solomon was the Mistress of Ceremonies.
Wanda Aubain, the Chairperson of the Village Committee, invited everyone to patronize the 33 beautifully decorated booths, and then announced that earlier in the day, the booths had been judged. Booth #5, by Ismay Frett-Weekes was awarded Best Booth, First Runner Up was Booth #27, by Martha Lewis and Second Runner Up was Booth #4, by Rosalind Titley. They were each awarded trophies.
During the opening Ceremony, the sweet aroma of the food from the various booths filled the air, and at its conclusion, as the music from Red Lion Sounds boomed through the huge speakers, the growing crowd moved towards their favorite booths. As the adults began seeking food, the younger ones made their way to the Children’s Village to experience the rides and possibly win some of the stuffed animals, or purchase the toys on display.
A surprise dance performance was given by a young group of Danish visitors, who were eager to be a part of the Carnival festivities.
The entertainment for the night was provided by Red Lion Sounds, Ah We Band, Pumpa and the Unit and Shurewayne Winchester. The musical theme for the night was “Bruk it Down”. The crowd packed the Village as the night grew later, and many persons danced and waved enjoying the great music.
There will be nightly entertainment in Carnival Village until its closing on April 27, and each night will have a unique theme.
“It’s “A Tropical Scene for Carnival 2013”, and Carnival Village will be the perfect environment for greeting old friends, making new friends, eating various Caribbean dishes, experiencing the Carnival Rides and enjoying great music. Let us keep it safe. Happy Carnival!!!CULTURAL NIGHT 2013
Scatters of rain showers did not prevent lovers of Virgin Islands Culture from attending the Virgin Islands Carnival Committee’s Cultural Night on Wednesday, April 17th, 2013 at Lionel Roberts Stadium. The night featured a mixture of young and older artists portraying various cultural acts.
The Addelita Cancryn 21st Century Marching Band started the night’s activities with their young musicians and dancers giving a lively performance.
There were several traditional and familiar acts. These included the more experienced Ladies of Culture Quadrille Dancers, and the younger Holy Family Youth and Joseph Gomez Cultural Dancers. Also performing were two popular majorette groups each dressed in sparkling outfits, the Charming Twirlers Majorettes who performed fire baton twirling, and the Sebastian Majorettes who displayed their baton twirling skills. The Dominican Republic Dancers brought their culture to the stage as they demonstrated a few of their dances.
Also featured on Cultural Night were the three group winners of the Best Dressed as a Doll contest, Amaya Sapphire Marks, Telyse Aird and Josephine Brunn-Lake, the 2013 Carnival Princess, LaZonique Phillip in her School Couture, the 2013 Carnival Queen, Adisha Penn and the 2nd Runner Up and Best Cultural/Historical Costume Winner, Marlyka Willaims, displaying their costumes.
The final acts for the night’s events were the Tropical Masqueraders (Clowns) and the Indians with their usual energetic performances.
The Master of Ceremonies was George “Culture Man” Silcott. Milo’s Kings provided musical entertainment.
Rain does not stop the culture of the Virgin Islands!!!!!