A Good Day for the Children’s Parade

Madras, agriculture and farming depict the islands cultural heritage by the DOE. (Susan Ellis photo)
Madras, agriculture and farming depict the islands cultural heritage by the DOE. (Susan Ellis photo)
The smallest members of the Cultural Conquest Troupe try to keep in step. (Susan Ellis photo)
The smallest members of the Cultural Conquest Troupe try to keep in step. (Susan Ellis photo)

The day was perfect – a few clouds and breezes – for the children of St. Croix to take to the streets of Frederiksted in their vibrant, glittering costumes and skip or dance in the Christmas Carnival Children’s Parade.

Scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Friday, the last troupe passed the reviewing stand around 3 p.m. and most kids seemed as bright and energetic as when they began.

The parade consisted of groups from local schools, youth groups, majorettes and steel pan bands. The parade’s grand marshal was Mahkeel Parris, the 16-year-old St. Croix Center High School student who won the international pool competition last year in Russia.

The Royal Dynasty Kids Carnival Troupe nearing the judges booth. (Susan Ellis photo)
The Royal Dynasty Kids Carnival Troupe nearing the judges booth. (Susan Ellis photo)
Teen athletes represent the Department of Education. (Susan Ellis photo)
Teen athletes represent the Department of Education. (Susan Ellis photo)
Young moko jumbies display the examples of culture with farm animal masks, madras costumes and VI flags. (Susan Ellis photo)
Young moko jumbies display the examples of culture with farm animal masks, madras costumes and VI flags. (Susan Ellis photo)
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