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Vibrant Troupes and Local Bands Highlight 70th St. John Celebration

  • Janeka Simon
  • July 05, 2024

The streets of Cruz Bay were filled with the sounds of celebration as the 70th St. John Celebration parade unfolded on Thursday. Spectators lined the roadsides as masqueraders in feathered and bejeweled costumes danced down the streets behind the trucks carrying popular local bands.‌ Virgin Islanders from across the territory converged on St. John for the Celebration, which among groups featured an amalgamation of five troupes from St. Thomas consolidated under the “What-Ah-Real-Epic-Allure Mas & Posh” banner. The St. Thomas majorettes also joined in the Celebration. Of course, troupes from St. John itself were well represented, including L’Amour which portrayed the “Rize of the Phoenix” in fiery yellow, and Diamonds and Gems, which fielded a troupe of revelers in a colorful rainbow of costumes. Cameras captured Lt. Governor Tregenza Roach enjoying the parade with members of the Gypsies troupe, and the children of the St. John School of the Arts were also out on Thursday, performing...