You may have heard about Caribbean Carnival, and the Crucian Christmas Festival…while there are so many events during the holiday season, here are just a few highlights from 2023 and the start of 2024!
December 23 & 24 – Foreday Morning Serendades
During the very wee early morning hours, Stanley & The Ten Sleepless Knights can be found serenading islanders with Christmas cheer. This tradition kicks off on December 23rd at 12:01 a.m for the East Route, and again on the 24th for the West Route. As the band travels through the several neighborhoods, residents eagerly gather outside their homes to dance and celebrate the start of the Holiday Festivities.
You can find videos and more information on the Serendade at the WTJX Virgin Islands Public Broadcasting System.
January 2 – Crucian Rican Tramp & Breakfast
This event, beginning at 6 a.m. and through the next couple of hours, showcases the Ten Sleepless Knights, with their quelbe music flowing through the streets of Christiansted. Hundreds of patrons joined, making their way down King Street, walking, dancing or “tramping” down the road,
See video from The Virgin Islands Consortium below!
January 4 – J’ouvert
J’ouvert is part of the Carnival celebration – yet another opportunity to gather, dance and continue the party. This is usually a very large turnout held in Frederiksted, however this year, almost 8,000 people were estimated to be at the event. Another morning event, this tends to be geared a bit more towards the adults than the kids.
January 5 – Children’s Parade
A time to celebrate the talented youth of the Island! A great display including colorful Troupes, Majorettes, Mocko Jumbies, and the Rising Stars Youth Steel Pan Orchestra performance.
You can watch a replay of the entire Children’s Parade at The Virgin Islands Consortium by clicking here!
January 6 – Adult’s Parade
The 71st Adult’s Parade is an exciting time as people from all over island gather West to experience this most vibrant and anticipated yearly event. The streets of Frederiksted were full of music blasting from trucks, appearances from some local Royalties, a whopping 30 Moko Jumbies, and of course, so many many brightly colored feathered troupes dancing along the route. The Rising Stars Steel Pan returned to rock their stage once again! So many appearances and performances, a great time had by all!!
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