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Charlotte Amalie
Friday, May 17, 2024


The eighth annual Miracle on Main Street, sponsored by the St. Thomas-St. John Chamber of Commerce, was bigger and better than ever, with the festivities beginning at 7 a.m. Friday and still going on at 9 p.m. with its first-ever boat parade lighting up Charlotte Amalie's harbor.
And the event, which every year brings throngs of partiers, shoppers and browsers to downtown Charlotte Amalie on a Friday night before Christmas, isn't limited to Main Street.
Waterfront merchants enjoy the added camaraderie and windfall shopping, too.
Janelle Zachman, owner of Going Seanile, said, "It's always awesome," with some people shopping and others getting ideas for Christmas gifts. "Women come in and watch what their husbands are looking at." Zachman said they will come back to buy.
That's what Gov. Charles W. Turnbull has in mind. Spotted shaking hands as he made his way through the crowd on Main Street, he said, "I'm going to come back (to buy) when it's less crowded."
John and Cindy Gustafson of the Tradewinds Shop agreed the event had brought bodies and business to their gift shop and gallery on the Waterfront. "It's been a very active day," Cindy said.
Chamber executive director Joe Aubain said this year's Miracle was the biggest so far, in part because it was a daylong event, starting with a farmer's market at Rothschild Francis "Market" Square first thing in the morning.
"There were sugar cakes, hot sauces, plants and lots of locally made products available for sale," Aubain said. In other years there was a farmer's market at Emancipation Garden, but never at Market Square.
As the evening drew to a close, revelers remained dancing on the Waterfront to the sounds of the Imaginations Brass, and the crew of the Captain Vic barge began boarding a group of people to continue the party on the water.

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