Aug. 18, 2004 For a dose of down-home fun, head on over to Coral Bay, St. John, on Labor Day for its annual parade.
Now, this is a wee parade, not a big extravaganza like you'd find in Cruz Bay at the July 4th Celebration. A couple of the same groups albeit in much smaller numbers will be there, but you are also likely to see someone who got up that morning, called up some friends and in a couple of hours transformed an old pickup into a passable float.
If you'd like to participate, just show up a few minutes before the 11 a.m. start time.
"Line up by the gas station," advised Leona Smith, chairman of the St. John Festival and Cultural Organization.
The gas station, Coral Bay's only one, is the Domino on Route 107.
Of course, the parade isn't likely to start until some time after 11 a.m., so if you're a bit late getting there you won't have any trouble finding space along the parade route, which runs from the gas station to the Guy Benjamin School on the East End Road.
A small food fair follows at the Coral Bay ballfield next to the school. Smith said members of the Festival and Cultural Organization would come around to pick up the fee for selling food. They haven't decided how much they'll charge food sellers, but she said it would run between $25 and $50.
You need a food handler's card to sell food.
Music by Ah We and games like volleyball will follow.
"Come out with your family and then go to the beach afterward," Smith suggested.
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