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St. John Folklife Festival Starts Thursday

Sprauve School kindergarten teacher Lucille Parsons leads the littlest students back to school after a busy morning at the 2019 Folklife Festival. (Source file photo)
Sprauve school kindergarten teacher Lucille Parsons leads the littlest students back to school after a busy morning at the 2019 Folklife Festival. (Source file photo)
At the 2019 Folklife Festival, twins Luciah Polius and Loreli Hedrington serve up food as their grandmother and great aunt did for 20 years. (Source file photo)
At the 2019 Folklife Festival, twins Luciah Polius and Loreli Hedrington serve up food as their grandmother and great aunt did for 20 years. (Source file photo)

The Virgin Islands National Park and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monument will hold the 29th annual St. John Folklife Festival Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The festival will be held in the National Park’s baseball field and the area adjacent to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center. The event is free to attend, and all ages are welcome.

The festival is the largest cultural event in the park, which showcases the culture and traditions of the Virgin Islands. This year’s theme is “We Sharing Plenty for Folklife Festival 2020.” The program will include activity stations with cultural demonstrators, music, drumming, dancing, moko jumbies and storytelling.

The Folklife Festival, which seeks to keep the past alive – at least for a couple of days – had been held at Annaberg Sugar Plantation until Hurricane Irma ripped through the islands in September 2017.

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In 2018, the festival was held on the field adjacent to the Julius E. Sprauve School, but in 2019 and this year that open space is covered by the modular classrooms that have replaced the storm-damaged school buildings.

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