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Christiansted Parade Will Launch Christmas Festival

Oct. 24, 2007 — This year's Crucian Christmas Festival is adding several new attractions, focusing on safety and asking people to support the festival by signing up troupes to march in the parade, making donations and just coming out and having a good time.
For the first time in a number of years, the festival starts with a parade in Christiansted. The kickoff parade starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 1. It will start at Sunday Market Square, continuing down King Street and ending at the Christian "Shan" Hendricks Market. There may be old-time traditional masqueraders at this and the other parades.
"We are trying to bring back more of the old festival traditions," said Melody Rames-Wiggins, a Source writer who is in charge of public relations for this year's Crucian Christmas Festival Organization.
In keeping with that goal, one of the new events this year will be a steel pan band tramp or parade. Also new this year is the Party Monarch competition. The new music contest is cousin to the Calypso Monarch competition, but with dance and party songs rather than political calypso, Rames-Wiggins said.
There will be three big music nights this year: The Band-O-Rama with numerous local and Caribbean bands Dec. 22, Latin Night on New Year's Day and Caribbean Night Jan. 3. Caribbean night will have a strong reggae focus this year, Rames-Wiggins said.
Festival organizers are also working to make the event more fun for kids.
"Another first this year, we are setting up a children's area in Buddhoe Park," said Festival Organization President Davidson L. Charlemagne. "We will have a big-screen television playing child-friendly movies and shows from 6 to 8 p.m. every night. That way adults can enjoy the festival and the kids have someplace fun and safe to go while their parents have fun."
Safety will be a big focus this year. Last year a ride was vandalized, injuring two riders when a piece of it gave way.
"We are going to do our best to ensure it is safe for everyone, that there is no violence," Charlemagne said. "We sat down with the police and fire services to make sure everyone has a safe time. The police assure me there will be a strong presence, both plainclothes and uniformed. There will be a mobile police substation at the fairgrounds, with a holding cell, so if someone is acting up the police don't have to leave the scene."
Safe carnival rides are also a priority.
"After last year's incident, we are making sure it doesn't happen again," Charlemagne said. "We have gone to Puerto Rico to get new, safer rides. Not only are they safer, but they are new rides we haven't had before."
This is the 55th anniversary of the Crucian Christmas Festival. Many of the festival traditions, such as carnival queens and masqueraders, go back much farther to slavery times, Rames-Wiggins said. In 1952, St. Croix had two women's leagues, she said. The two groups, one in Frederiksted and the other in Christiansted, joined together to put on that year's festival.
A festival website should be up by Dec. 1. The domain name is not certain yet, but an Internet search after Dec. 1 should find it quickly.
"We will be posting events on the site in real time," Charlemagne said. "As soon as they are over, photos and footage of the events should be online."
Charlemagne took pains to emphasize that the festival finances are being tightly controlled and the books are open for inspection. The government is controlling the purse strings, and organizers have hired an accountant, he said.
"We have no outstanding balances," he said. "Everyone has been paid."
Organizers are asking for donations and sponsors, Charlemagne said.
"A lot of what has happened in the past has discouraged a lot of our reliable sponsors," he said. "But that is the past. Now we have an open-door policy. If you are a donor and want to come and see exactly where your money is going, it's not a problem."
This year's theme is "Culture, History and Tradition Remain on the Slate for Festival 2007-2008." Congratulations to Laurie Thomas-Jacobs for her winning submission of the festival theme. The festival is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to help with its organizational committees. Organizers are also looking for participants in the shows and competitions, such as the Miss and Mr. St. Croix Pageant, ages 16 to 24; the Prince and Princess Pageant, ages 8 to 11; the Festival Duchess, ages 4 to 6; the Calypso Monarch Competition, for participants and committee members; the Festival Boat Show and Races, for participants and committee members; and volunteers for judges and the Village committee.
This festival will be dedicated to past President Lenise Isaac Hunt, who chaired the festival committee for more than a decade. She passed away last year, not long after the holidays. For more information and to volunteer, call 719-3379 or fax your name and number to 719-3378.
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Oct. 24, 2007 -- This year's Crucian Christmas Festival is adding several new attractions, focusing on safety and asking people to support the festival by signing up troupes to march in the parade, making donations and just coming out and having a good time.
For the first time in a number of years, the festival starts with a parade in Christiansted. The kickoff parade starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 1. It will start at Sunday Market Square, continuing down King Street and ending at the Christian "Shan" Hendricks Market. There may be old-time traditional masqueraders at this and the other parades.
"We are trying to bring back more of the old festival traditions," said Melody Rames-Wiggins, a Source writer who is in charge of public relations for this year's Crucian Christmas Festival Organization.
In keeping with that goal, one of the new events this year will be a steel pan band tramp or parade. Also new this year is the Party Monarch competition. The new music contest is cousin to the Calypso Monarch competition, but with dance and party songs rather than political calypso, Rames-Wiggins said.
There will be three big music nights this year: The Band-O-Rama with numerous local and Caribbean bands Dec. 22, Latin Night on New Year's Day and Caribbean Night Jan. 3. Caribbean night will have a strong reggae focus this year, Rames-Wiggins said.
Festival organizers are also working to make the event more fun for kids.
"Another first this year, we are setting up a children's area in Buddhoe Park," said Festival Organization President Davidson L. Charlemagne. "We will have a big-screen television playing child-friendly movies and shows from 6 to 8 p.m. every night. That way adults can enjoy the festival and the kids have someplace fun and safe to go while their parents have fun."
Safety will be a big focus this year. Last year a ride was vandalized, injuring two riders when a piece of it gave way.
"We are going to do our best to ensure it is safe for everyone, that there is no violence," Charlemagne said. "We sat down with the police and fire services to make sure everyone has a safe time. The police assure me there will be a strong presence, both plainclothes and uniformed. There will be a mobile police substation at the fairgrounds, with a holding cell, so if someone is acting up the police don't have to leave the scene."
Safe carnival rides are also a priority.
"After last year's incident, we are making sure it doesn't happen again," Charlemagne said. "We have gone to Puerto Rico to get new, safer rides. Not only are they safer, but they are new rides we haven't had before."
This is the 55th anniversary of the Crucian Christmas Festival. Many of the festival traditions, such as carnival queens and masqueraders, go back much farther to slavery times, Rames-Wiggins said. In 1952, St. Croix had two women's leagues, she said. The two groups, one in Frederiksted and the other in Christiansted, joined together to put on that year's festival.
A festival website should be up by Dec. 1. The domain name is not certain yet, but an Internet search after Dec. 1 should find it quickly.
"We will be posting events on the site in real time," Charlemagne said. "As soon as they are over, photos and footage of the events should be online."
Charlemagne took pains to emphasize that the festival finances are being tightly controlled and the books are open for inspection. The government is controlling the purse strings, and organizers have hired an accountant, he said.
"We have no outstanding balances," he said. "Everyone has been paid."
Organizers are asking for donations and sponsors, Charlemagne said.
"A lot of what has happened in the past has discouraged a lot of our reliable sponsors," he said. "But that is the past. Now we have an open-door policy. If you are a donor and want to come and see exactly where your money is going, it's not a problem."
This year's theme is "Culture, History and Tradition Remain on the Slate for Festival 2007-2008." Congratulations to Laurie Thomas-Jacobs for her winning submission of the festival theme. The festival is looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to help with its organizational committees. Organizers are also looking for participants in the shows and competitions, such as the Miss and Mr. St. Croix Pageant, ages 16 to 24; the Prince and Princess Pageant, ages 8 to 11; the Festival Duchess, ages 4 to 6; the Calypso Monarch Competition, for participants and committee members; the Festival Boat Show and Races, for participants and committee members; and volunteers for judges and the Village committee.
This festival will be dedicated to past President Lenise Isaac Hunt, who chaired the festival committee for more than a decade. She passed away last year, not long after the holidays. For more information and to volunteer, call 719-3379 or fax your name and number to 719-3378.
Back Talk Share your reaction to this news with other Source readers. Please include headline, your name and city and state/country or island where you reside.