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Charlotte Amalie
Friday, June 24, 2022


The Virgin Islands has a gold mine of free publicity in its back pocket.
The islands' own Mocko Jumbie Jamboree will be strutting their stuff in New York next week in Macy's annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
As ambassadors for the Virgin islands, the group can do wonders dispelling rumors of storm disaster, and letting the world know the VI is alive and jumping. The always-exciting and colorful parade will be televised on NBC nationally, and viewed by millions.
This is the group's second appearance in the prestigious event. They were first invited to perform in the parade in 1995, when they also appeared on the "Today" show. That is their hope this year as well.
Gerry Cockrell, the group's leader, is concerned, however. "We really are going into debt this year to get there," she said, adding that the group is available for any festivities locally and in New York as well, for a modest fee, of course.
But there isn't much time -– they leave for New York and imminent, if brief, celebrity, on Monday.
They have been scrambling to finance the project since they were invited to the parade in August, and they are actually going on a wing and lots of prayers. And then Lenny, though basically benevolent in St. Thomas, did cancel the group's fund-raising event, scheduled for this weekend.
As of now, they have raised only about half their costs.
Contributions can be made by calling Gerry Cockrell at(340) 774-5320, or by email atmockojumbie@hotmail.com. Also, contributions can be made in Frenchtown at Hook Line and Sinker Restaurant, or by calling Becky Luscz at (340) 774-7428.

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